4th Street Shrimp Store - St. Petersburg
4th Street North - 727 822-0325
longtime neighborhood favorite, they serve up fresh seafood
fast and value priced. Ice cold brews wash it all down.
Alabama Jack's – Key
58000 Card Sound Rd -
Alva Country Diner - Alva
21200 Palm Beach Blvd. - 239 728-3366
Apalachicola Seafood Grill - Apalachicola
Market Street - 850 653-9510
Cooking strong since way back in 1903. The grill can be
found under the only traffic signal in beautiful downtown
Apalachicola. They serve up a very tasty fried grouper
Bay City Lodge –
Bay City Rd. - 850-653-9294
“Florida’s last fishing frontier”, this part-fish camp,
part-motel, part-restaurant serves simply prepared and super
Beach Road Chicken Dinners – Jacksonville
Atlantic Blvd - 904 398-7980
Closed Mondays; open Tues thru Sat from 4 pm to 9 pm;
Sundays from 11 am to 8:30 pm.
Bert's Bar & Grill – Matlacha
Pine Island Road - 239 282-3232
burgers, fried smelt & fried clams also popular items here.
Betty's Soul Food &
Barbecue - Fort Lauderdale
N.W. 22nd Road - 954 583-9121
Monday through Thursday dine from 6am-9pm. On the weekends
stay ‘til 10pm.
Big Tim's BBQ - St. Petersburg
34th Street South - 727 327-7388
for the pork ribs with Tim's Secret Sauce. Favorite sides
include baked beans and fried corn. It's all reasonably
priced, so pig out! Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to
Thursday; until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Blue Heaven - Key West
729 Thomas Street -
Boss Oyster -
Street - 850 653-9364
Cabbage Key Inn – Pineland
Cabbage Key – 239 283-2278
Cajun Cafe on the Bayou - Pinellas Park
Park Boulevard - 727 546-6732
Located next door to the Wagon Wheel Flea Market, this cafe
is run by Joe Thibodaux from Thibodaux, Louisiana --- can
you get more Cajun than that? Try the Crawfish Po Boy.
Live music is played here frequently and dancing does break
out from time to time. Nice waterfront setting. Open
Wednesday - Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Seafood - Panama City
5551 N. Lagoon
Drive - 850
Clark's Fish Camp – Jacksonville
34th Street North - 727 526-8072
Pork, chicken and beef BBQ. Try the locally popular baked
beans and the chunky pork BBQ sandwich. Open for breakfast,
lunch and dinner.
Coffee Cup - Pensacola
Cervantes Street - 850 432-7060
Crab Shack – St.
Gandy Boulevard - 727 576-7813
Early bird specials during the week. Check out their new
Dixie Crossroads -
Garden Street - 407 268-5000
Dolores’ Sweet Shoppe – Apalachicola
Avenue East - 850 653-9081
for breakfast and lunch, weekdays only. This is where locals
go to get their regular fix of coastal home cooking. Please
don’t dare miss their deadly desserts --- and we mean that
in a good way!
Don Ramon Cuban Cuisine – West Palm Beach
South Dixie Highway - 561 547-8704
Delicious Lechon Asado (mojo marinated pulled pork with
Eli's Bar-B-Que – Dunedin
Skinner Blvd. - 727 738-4856
reviews from the St Petersburg Times. Hours: 11 a.m. to 6
p.m. Friday and Saturday.
First Choice Southern Barbecue – Brandon
10113 Adamo Drive - 813 621-7434
17401 Perdido Key Drive - 850 492-0611
Florida House Inn –
S. 3rd Street - 904 277-7212
Country Inn-style dining featuring Southern fare.
Half Shell Raw Bar - Key
Margaret Street - 305 294-7496
Howley's - West Palm Beach
Dixie Hwy - 561 833-5691
Retro diner, established in 1950, where everything is
homemade. Often voted "Best Diner in Palm Beach County."
Opens at 7am every day.
Hub Stacey’s Food &
Spirits – Pensacola
E Government Street - 850 469-1001
7 days a week for lunch and dinner. Indoor/outdoor seating.
Best lunches we’ve tried so far include the LaRua (a
muffuletta with the Hub’s own olive salad), the Romano (a
classic Reuben) and the good ol’ Cheeseburger. The Big
Dirty Dog was good, but soggy. Ask for a toasted roll.
Nice lunch spot in the Historic District.
Indian Pass Raw Bar – Apalachicola
Indian Pass (Hwy C-30) - 850 227-1670
oysters you eat here today probably slept (do oysters really
sleep?) in the bay last. Open Tuesday through Saturday noon
Island Grill - Islamorada
85501 Overseas Highway (U.S. 1, Mile Marker 85.5); 305
JB'S Fish Camp - New
Pompano Avenue - 386 427-5747
Jazzy's BBQ - Tampa
W. Waters Avenue - 813 243-8872
fired grill. Load up on ribs, baked beans, potato salad and
crispy slaw but save room afterwards for what some have
called the best Pecan Pie in the Tampa area.
Jimbo's Pit Bar-B-Q – Tampa
W Kennedy Blvd. - 813 289-9724
Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Joe's Stone Crabs - Miami
11 Washington Avenue - 305 673-0365
Founded in 1913 by Joe and Jennie Weiss. Historic figures
such as Al Capone and J. Edgar Hoover dined here. It was
perhaps the one thing they could agree on. Not cheap ...
market price for six medium stone crab claws can be around
$20 or more. Try the fabulous Key Lime Pie or the excellent
Apple Pie made from a Hungarian recipe. The restaurant also
features Joe's Take Away (Carry-out) and a coffee bar. Joe's
ships stone crabs overnight October 15 - May 15 ... call 1
Keegan's Seafood Grille - Indian Rocks Beach
Gulf Blvd. - 727 596-2477
Kojak's House of Ribs - Tampa
Gandy Blvd. - 813 837-3774
Tuesday through Sunday
La Teresita - Tampa
Columbus Drive - 813 889-9704
Latam at the Centro -
Nebraska Avenue, 33602 - 813 223-7338
Lazy Days - Islamorada
79.9 Overseas Highway - 305 664-5256
Lunch and dinner every day
Lightsey's Fish Company & Seafood Restaurant – Okeechobee
10430 Route 78 West – 863 763-4276
Fodor's calls this "The pick of the lake, this lodgelike
restaurant at the Okee-Tantie Recreation area started closer
to town as a fish company with four tables in a corner. Now
folks gladly trek out here for lunch and dinner daily. Get
most items fried, steamed, broiled, or grilled. The freshest
are the catfish, cooter (freshwater turtle), frogs' legs,
and gator." Give me the cooter and gator combo --- now
that's Old Florida Cracker food, for sure.
Magnolia Grille - Palm Harbor
Alternate 19 North - 727 789-5464
"Classic Southern Cuisine" ... started as a small
home-cooking joint in Tarpon Springs 33 years ago named
Chicken King. A local favorite, it’s well known for their
vinegar-based Carolina pork bbq and their excellent fried
chicken. After 20 years of success in fattening up all the
Greek folks, they moved Chicken King to Palm Harbor and
expanded their menu. In May 1998, current owner Jaime
Kanos, took over Chicken King, renamed it Magnolia Grille
and developed a full menu you'd be proud of. The fried
green tomatoes have won a blue ribbon at the Taste of Palm
Harbor, and have been named in the 'Best of the Bay' and
'Best of Tampa Bay' multiple times. The menu features
locally-famous fried chicken, meatloaf, pecan crusted pork
chops, fried catfish, collard greens, fried okra, homemade
mashed potatoes, lots of seasonal veggies, salads, grouper,
pecan pie, peach cobbler, all homemade desserts, and so many
other yummy things - you should plan a trip to come eat!
Mallie Kyla's Cafe -
Liberty Street - 352 796-7174
Margaritaville Cafe - Key
Duvall Street - 305 292-1435
New Pass Baithouse & Grill – Sarasota
Ken Thompson Parkway - 941 388-3050
Original Point -
Innerarity Road - 850 492-3577
FANCY...BUT FAMOUS". Located near the back gate of the
Pensacola Naval Air Station and just minutes from the famous
white sand beaches of Perdido Key. Weekend diners are
treated to the foot-stomping sounds of "The South's Funnest
Bluegrass Band" ... Bubba and Them. A garden area under
giant oaks is a great summertime setting. Daily seafood
specials can include Tuna, Trigger, Tuna, Red Snapper, and
Scamp ... cooked the way you like them. Soft-shelled Crabs,
Crab Cakes and a rich Crab Imperial are also available.
Other featured entrees are the Seafood Au Gratin and
Acapulco Shrimp. Fried Mullet is the dish that made this
place famous and is served with baked beans, cole slaw and
hushpuppies. Appetizers include Gumbo, Shrimp and Crab
Bisque, Cajun Gator Stew, Conch Chowder (recipe below) or
Fried Alligator. The most popular appetizer is the Royal
Red Shrimp. These babies, said to be a cross between
lobster and shrimp, are huge, quite tender and have a sweet
flavor. Top-notch desserts here include key lime pie,
chocolate peanut butter pie, and a blueberry-lemon jazz cake
- sort of a lemon cheesecake layered with blueberries.
Hours are seasonal but they open Monday through Saturday at
11am and Sundays at noon. Closed Monday.
Original Point Conch
2 bags of conch meat –
ground in food processor
2 cups diced carrots
4 cups diced celery
3 cups diced onions
4 cups diced potatoes
1 ½ oz. Basil
2 oz. Black pepper
6 oz. Worcestershire
1 oz. Seafood seasoning (Dixiedining
recommends Old Bay brand)
1 10 oz. can of tomatoes
1 cup sherry wine
Add all the ingredients
together; stir until mixed.
Cook over medium low heat
until vegetables are tender.
Makes enough for a very
large crowd. Enjoy!
Osteen's Restaurant - St Augustine
Anastasia Blvd - 904 829-6974
Owl Café – Apalachicola
Avenue D - 850 653-9888
Apalachichola oysters dipped in rich cream, breaded with
crumbs leftover from house-baked Italian bread, and then
fried up crispy. Eat up and then head for the cozy bar
("The Night Owl") upstairs for a nightcap.
PJ's Oyster Bar - Indian Rocks Beach (Tampa area)
1st Street - 727 596-5898
Neighborhood seafood joint. Food is simply prepared but very
fresh. Casual setting. Sumptuous Stone Crab Claws are
available when they're in season.
Papa Joe's Oyster Bar – Apalachicola
301-B Market Street - 850 653-1189
You Ain't Been to Papa Joe's, You Ain't Been to
Posey's – St. Marks
Riverside Drive - 904 925-6172
"Home of Posey's Famous Topless Oysters"
Red Top Cafe – Apalachicola
Avenue E and 18th Street - 850-653-8612
Serving country breakfast since 1946.
Rod & Reel Pier - Anna Maria Island
North Shore Drive - 941 778-1885
Unique setting at the end of a rickety old fishing pier
since 1947. Fresh seafood and rustic surroundings. The bar
is downstairs and diner upstairs. The fresh catch of the
day is pretty hard to beat. On the day we visited, it was
blackened wahoo --- dee-lish! Cole slaw is served up just
right and the backdrop is even better. Keep an eye open for
manatees and/or passing dolphins as you dine! Rod & Reel
has become a Dixiedining family favorite.
Rustic Inn Crabhouse - Ft. Lauderdale
Ravenswood Rd - 954 584-1637
Crack open your steaming hot crabs on newspaper-covered
tables. Try the famous garlic crabs. Open since 1955, the
Rustic Inn has hosted famous patrons like Jimmy Buffet, Dan
Marino, and Johnny Depp. Speak loudly to rise above the
constant banging of crab mallets!
Rusty's Seafood and Oyster Bar - Pt. Canaveral
Glen Cheek Drive - 321 783-2033
Popular seafood hangout for the locals
Schooner's Restaurant – Jupiter
North Highway A1A - 561 746-7558
Lunch and dinner.
Schooner's Seafood House - St. Augustine
North Ponce De Leon Boulevard - 904 826-0233
Scully's Tavern – Miami
SW 72nd St. - 305 271-7404
Shane's Rib Shack - New Tampa
17501 Preserve Walk Lane - 813 971-3153
Shorty's BBQ Ranch -
Dixie Highway - 305 670-7732
Opens at 11am. Several locations around town, it’s that
Ted Peter's Famous Smoked
Fish - St Pete
Pasadena Avenue South - 727 381-7931
The Wheelhouse Oyster Bar – Apalachicola
Water Street - 850 653-8860
Located on the banks of the Scipio Creek, the building seems
to barely cling onto the dockside. Oysters on the
half-shell are the house specialty. The smoked mullet and
saltines aren't bad either, and don't you dare forget the
ice cold beer!
Whitey's Fish Camp -
County Road 220 - 904 269-4198
Fried clams, shrimp, and fish served along the meandering
Swimming Pen Creek.