Standard Cuban from La Teresina (no salad), Frito Cuban at West Tampa, Grouper at Ray's This tiny Cortez restaurant has made the national news, and there’s good reason for that: The grouper sandwich here was insanely fresh, simply grilled and served no-frills style in an unassuming white box.
Description: Big Water Fish Market opened its doors on 11/11/11 at 11am with owner Scott Dylan at the helm. We are near the south bridge on Siesta Key in the Crescent Beach Shopping Center next to Siesta Spirits liquor store.
We are a retail fish market that specializes in fresh, wild, Florida seafood, and we also offer a simple but delicious casual dining menu. We offer our customers the freshest fish, seafood, and produce available in a clean boutique style market.
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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. If you're in the Sarasota /Siesta Key area, there's no better place for a fresh fish sandwich.
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.
For an amazing lunch, head over to Masada’s Original Hoagies in Broward. If it’s BBQ you’re after, head to The Red Top Pit Stop in Lakeland.
Address: 5121 Gulf Dr, Panama City, FL 32408, USA Following our picks for waterfront restaurants in Sarasota and around Anna Maria Island in Manatee County, we’re southbound to revisit 10 more great places for dining, drinking and enjoying sunsets on the water.
An Old Florida icon located right on the Intracoastal Waterway next to the historical Blackburn Point Swing Bridge, Casey Key Fish House serves lunch and dinner at its restaurant and wiki bar. Popular menu items include the Grouper Key Largo (seared grouper, shrimp, sea scallops, lobster meat, mushrooms, citrus before Blanc), Walnut Crusted Salmon (teriyaki glaze, ginger aioli) and, from the “Classic Steaks” corner of the menu, the filet Mignon with Gunther Gebel-Williams’ steak sauce, a recipe from the legendary Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus lion tamer who was a longtime Venice resident.
Located right off Tamiami Trail on Dona Bay, Kokomo’s Sunset Hut provided two floors of open-air seating in a tropical wiki setting. For entrées, check out the Land & Sea Luau featuring barbecue-style pulled chicken or pulled pork on a bed of seasoned yellow Spanish rice, Saxon black beans, sautéed sweet onions, sautéed green, red and yellow and orange peppers, and “island sauce” surrounded by tortilla chips.
The newest destination in the locally owned Evil’s group of restaurants and bars, The Point places guests on Little Sarasota Bay with multiple dining areas. Featuring a mix of Florida and New England seafood favorites, the lunch menu includes a grouper sandwich, a North Atlantic lobster roll plus standards such as a signature burger, herb-grilled chicken sandwich and salads.
Among the dinner entrées, there's fish and chips, jumbo lump crabs, seared sea scallops, lobster mac-n-cheese, and a New York strip for steak lovers. Hugging the Intracoastal Waterway across from Rooms Beach and Casey Key, Pop’s Sunset Grill has a rich history dating back to the 1940s with the current owners running the place since 2001.
Reportedly discovered by smugglers during Prohibition, it then became a location for the 1930s Hollywood films “Prestige” and “Tarzan’s Revenge” before opening to the public as a fishing camp with a restaurant in 1988. Another favorite is the Shook Platter with pulled pork, beef brisket and ribs, homemade potato chips, collard greens, and Texas toast.
The dinner menu includes seafood dishes like rainbow trout and fresh tuna. Wok dishes like tofu or seafood with sauces like cashew nut and pad Erik coconut or garlic.
Shore restaurant Sarasota is a mid-century Al Fresco coastal eatery with a large open air dining space. Start the menu with small plates meant to share like rustic rosemary olive bread with spreads, shrimp ceviche, lobster and lump crab rolls, truffle fries and grilled asparagus.
Main courses include Fare island Salmon, pan seared Red Snapper, miss Marinated Black grouper, meatloaf, fried chicken, burger, tacos, and more! Start the meal with the Sangria de Cava, the Columbia’s Original 1905 salad, Cuban sandwich, empanadas or croquet as to share.
Dry Dock Waterfront is located just a 15-minute drive over the bridge from Sarasota in Longboat Key! They serve sandwiches like grouper and red snapper, lobster rolls or fish n’ chips.
Crab & Fin is one of the Saint Armand's Circle restaurants serving the freshest seafood since 1978. On the full menu they have featured land and sea specialties all made to order from scratch like coconut crusted chicken, filet Mignon, shrimp scampi and braised beef short ribs.
Since opening in 2011 this downtown Sarasota restaurants is known for its focus on sustainable seafood working with local fisherman and farmers to bring the freshest ingredients to diners. Daiquiri Deck Raw Bar is one located in Saint Armand's Circle restaurants area.
The casual atmosphere with live music Monday though Saturday and delicious frozen daiquiris with a raw bar and large seafood menu is the perfect place to eat in Sarasota. OR oyster tacos, deep-fried or blackened Mali bites, crab cake BLT, snapper wrapper or short rib grilled cheese.
For happy hour you can enjoy half priced daiquiris like electric lemonade, froze, mighty mango, purple haze or deck diesel or the St. Armand’s margarita as well as local craft beer from the Tampa Bay area. Silva’s is one of the Downtown Sarasota restaurants that specializes in Latin America cuisine with an emphasis on Peruvian dishes.
They also have a lounge with a late night menu served until 1am, house DJ on the weekends and custom cocktails. Silva has a number of ceviches from fresh Hawaiian Yahoo, to Maya Shrimp, MITO with season fish, Silva Wild white fish, tuna radio, sea scallop, pulp all Olive and a Spicy Tuna Ceviche are all options.
They have several bowls to choose from where you customize your base, veggies, protein and sauce choice. You can see the fusion influence on menu items like La More Waffle, burrito, mushroom delight, Salmon Scallop Pasta, or baked Black grouper.
This is one of the family run restaurants in Sarasota that serves delicious homemade German food. From potato pancakes, red cabbage, sauerbratern, schnitzel’s to the fish of the day served German style everything is made from scratch using traditional recipes.
After recommending waterfront restaurants for outdoor dining in Sarasota, around Anna Maria Island and in South Sarasota County, we headed back to Manatee County, to the working waterfront of Cortez Village, easily one of my favorite places in Florida. For those not familiar, Cortez can be found nestled along north Sarasota Bay, just east of Anna Maria Island and nine miles west of downtown Bradenton.
Mullet, grouper, stone crab claws and shrimp are among the freshly caught sea creatures offloaded at the docks. For this list, presented in alphabetical order, we included all six restaurants in Cortez offering outdoor dining on the water.
Also, we have not forgotten about all the great restaurants offering outdoor dining along the Manatee River in Bradenton, Palmetto and Ellen ton. Another popular handheld is the “Almost Authentic Cuban” sandwich served regular or spicy, with black beans and rice and chips.
Located in the heart of the historic fishing village, Cortez Kitchen is a delightfully funky open-air wood structure found right on the water with easy access to Sarasota Bay. A favorite among locals and tourist alike now for about two decades, the Kitchen has been owned by Joe Older for the majority of those years, and he can often be found there overseeing everything.
Following new ownership about five years ago, the restaurant with a second floor banquet hall and full-service marina enjoyed an exciting makeover while retaining all of its Cortez charm. In addition to chef specials, popular menu items include the fish tacos featuring blackened fresh local catch (it’s been mahi-mahi during my recent visits) with aged cheddar, cabbage, Baa sauce and pic ode Gallo in a soft flour taco shell.
Highly recommended handhelds also include the Shack Burger (an eight-ounce Angus beef patty served with hickory smoked bacon, cheddar cheese, fried onions, BBB lettuce, tomato, house-made pickle on a swirl bun); and the Gulf Shrimp Dinner is popular, too. Bell supplies fresh seafood to Star Fish and various other local, as well as international, restaurants and businesses.
It’s run by Karen Bell, who opened Star Fish in the ’90s and is also co-owner of Tide Tables (continue reading). Probably the best way to experience Star Fish for the first time is to order the combination platter “high liner” containing shrimp, oysters, sea scallops and grouper ; and it comes with their outstanding Southern sides: cheese grits, slaw and hush puppies.
Popular menu items include the seafood platter containing grilled market fresh fish, shrimp, scallops and a fresh fish cake; as well as the comfort food fave, lobster mac and cheese, made with smoked Gouda and authentic Atlantic lobster. Featuring lots of outdoor dining and bar seating, along with an indoor dining and bar area, Tide Tables put its patrons right on the Intracoastal Waterway by the eastern base of the Cortez Bridge, just a few steps south of Cortez Road.