While we continue to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, please take proper precautions or add them to your bucket list to see at a later date. We're focusing on these ridiculous grouper sandwiches, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu here.
To learn more, visit the website for Fish Shack in Lighthouse Point. To each own when it comes to the whole fried/blackened/grilled dilemma, but we do have to say the blackened grouper sandwiches at Big Ray's are legendary.
If it weren't for these sandwiches, homemade onion rings could easily be the star of the show. For more information, visit the website for Big Ray's Fish Camp in Tampa.
Check out Big Water Fish Market's website to learn more. Obviously, the fish and chips is the most popular choice, but you can't go wrong adding a bun.
To learn more, visit the website for Gulf Coast Grouper & Chips in Naples, Florida. It's a large part of why this tiny restaurant has made a big splash for 35 years.
Fried grouper might be the classic choice, but do yourself a favor and try the Cajun grilled version, too. It can be a challenge to dine out when you have kids, but Peg Leg's is super family friendly, with lots to see and do while you wait.
To learn more, visit the website for Peg Leg Pete's in Pensacola Beach. The fresh, flaky grouper here is only matched by the view of Sarasota Bay.
Check out the website for Dry Dock Waterfront Grill to learn more. If you're in the area, and you're searching for a laid-back spot with an incredible view and the bestgroupersandwich in town, this is the place to go.
The place may be small and unassuming compared to other nearby options, but don't pass it by, because this is the best grouper around. For more information, visit the Facebook page for The Boardwalk Grill in Madeira Beach.
If you need more dining inspiration, check out our list of the best sandwiches in Florida. For an amazing lunch, head over to Masada’s Original Hoagies in Broward.
Surrounded by water on three sides, Florida has no shortage of fresh fish options. There are hundreds of great seafood restaurants in Orlando and surrounding cities that feature grouper on their menus.
There also are dozens of different ways to prepare grouper, and more side dishes to accompany it than you have digits on which to count. Whether you visit Orlando, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or somewhere else, the food is reason enough to head to grouper country.
The restaurant offers all the typical preparations (from char-grilled to deep-fried), but my personal favorite is the grouper Reuben. Grilled on fresh marbled rye, smothered in Swiss cheese, and topped with sauerkraut and A Thousand Island dressing, grouper never has tasted as good as it does on this sandwich.
Viewfinder Tip: To make sure your grouper is local, ask your server where the fish is from before ordering. Here, you can arrive by boat or car, enjoy live music seven days a week, watch dolphins frolic, and see pelicans at play.
Of course the star of the show is the Shook Inn’s famous grouper sandwich, dipped and coated in a beer batter, and deep-fried to a golden perfection. This grill’s grouper sandwich is pan sautéed, topped with house-made onion rings and zesty key lime tartar sauce, then served with fries and slaw.
Park’s of Dania Beach is exactly what you expect from a hole in the wall local haunt. Peg Leg Pete’s is located on Fort Pickens Road in front of the Lafitte Cove Marina.
The standard grouper sandwich comes grilled or fried, and topped with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce. Located on A1A, the Market specializes in fresh local whole fish, cut to order.
Top it off with sides of homemade mango salsa and hush puppies for a truly scrumptious meal. Wear flip-flops and shorts and don't worry if you are over dressed.
Whether you’re craving fresh grouper for dinner or want “pizza” for breakfast, the restaurants below will have you covered. Located in the Sand pearl Resort is Clearwater’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant, Caret ta on the Gulf.
The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, featuring phenomenal views of the ocean. Out of all the restaurants on this list, this is hands-down one of the best places to eat in Clearwater for a date-night or a more upscale dining experience.
Sand pearl Resort Caret ta on the Gulf is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day. Everything that I ordered at Caret ta on the Gulf was delicious, but my absolute favorite item was the wonton tuna tacos.
Two small hard shell tacos had spicy tuna, avocado, cucumber, and cilantro inside them and I cannot recommend getting this as a starter enough! If you’re not a fan of spicy tuna, there are a plethora of other options for starters as well, including salads, crab cake, braised short rib, scallops, and more.
The Chilean sea bass was served with spaghetti squash and was cooked perfectly. The gulf grouper was served with English pea risotto, foraged mushrooms, Parmesan, and sage béarnaise.
I’d heavily recommend both dishes, but the gulf grouper was probably my favorite since it was served with risotto. Chilean sea assault grouper Other entrées included AHI tuna, steak, pork chops, chicken, and more.
The salad has iceberg lettuce, baked ham (I always get it without ham and it’s still phenomenal), Swiss cheese, tomatoes, olives, Romano cheese, Worcestershire sauce, and Columbia’s famous garlic dressing. Some of my favorite tapas are the black bean cakes, quest fun dido, and croquet as DE poll.
Columbia’s black beans are served over white rice and then topped with raw Spanish onions. Cuban Black Bean Soup Lastly, try not to fill up on salad and tapas so much that you can’t get dessert.
White chocolate bread pudding Columbia Restaurant is a must-visit for me every time that I’m in Florida. While in Clearwater, you should certainly dine here and enjoy some of the best Spanish-Cuban cuisine that the Sunshine State has to offer.
It serves breakfast items, a large selection of pastries, and delicious coffee drinks, making this the perfect place to start your day on the beach. I took the breakfast pizza back to my room at the Sand pearl Resort and ate the entire thing in record time.
Breakfast pizza The owners of Caffeinated Bakery were also incredibly nice and mentioned that they have struggled to get customers during the pandemic, so they will truly appreciate any business that you can give them during your Clearwater visit. The interior of Bob Hellman’s Beachcomber is lavish and cozy, and they even have a piano player that will take requests.
It was so good and absolutely ruined all other escargot that I’ll probably have in the future, but I would highly recommend that you try it. Escargot en casserole For my entrée, I enjoyed the fresh gulf black grouper.
Fresh gulf black grouper with potatoes While there are a variety of seafood, lamb, steak, and other dishes to choose from, the most popular item is the “Back to the Farm” Fried Chicken entrée. You get a half chicken, whipped potatoes, gravy, old-fashioned cream slaw, and the vegetable of the day.
“Back to the Farm” Fried Chicken If you’re looking to enjoy a nice dinner, Bob Hellman’s Beachcomber is easily one of the best places to eat in Clearwater Beach. Salty’s Island Bar & Grille is an open-air restaurant that serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.
I had breakfast at Salty’s Island Bar & Grille during my most recent trip to Clearwater. Avocado toast with eggs Other breakfast items include biscuits and gravy, crab cake eggs Benedict, pancakes, waffles, hues ranchers, breakfast tacos, and even shrimp and grits.
Strawberry Mimosa’d highly recommend stopping in Salty’s Island Bar & Grille for breakfast, but their lunch and dinner options sound just as tasty. Their dinner menu has a strong seafood emphasis, including oysters, but tacos and chicken are available as well.
There was a large outdoor dining area, but it can get packed since it’s such a popular spot, so be sure to arrive early or be prepared to possibly wait for a table. There are burgers, salads, pasta, baby back ribs, steak, and a ton of seafood options.
Two items that French’s is most famous for are the smoked fish spread appetizer and their grouper sandwiches. If you won’t be in Clearwater on a Monday or Tuesday, you can still enjoy a lot of the same foods at Ocean HAI, the Wyndham Grand’s signature restaurant.
O’HAI Lanai’s menu offers small bites like chicken pot stickers, Mongolian meatballs, calamari, and fried Brussels sprouts. I had the vegetable spring rolls as an appetizer, and they were served with an apricot Thai chili peanut sauce.