Well, Blanchard's Beach Shack is an official success as evidenced by the number of customers we saw this year compared to last year shortly after they opened! It has everything going for it: Beach-front location on gorgeous Meads Bay, delicious food with a wide range of menu options, friendly service and convenience.
Since their grand opening, they've added beach chairs for rent out front, similar to what Elodia's does on Shoal Bay East. (As a fan of how uncrowded Meads Bay is, I'm not sure how I feel about that, but...) It's definitely putting Meads Bay on the map of beaches to visit for the day.
In summary, we LOVE Blanchard's Beach Shack, as do our children. They especially enjoyed the frozen yogurt. We ate there a number of times the week we were there and do not hesitate to highly recommend it.