October is National Seafood Month, but in Florida, every day is a great day to eat seafood! We’re known for our Stone Crab season, grouper (especially black grouper) and shrimp (Red Rock and Key West pinks) and that’s just the tip of the ceviche.
Popular right now is everything Poke, from Aloha Poke to Poke Havana in Clearwater, but we’ll keep that for another meal. While we like Billy's Stone Crab, Keegan's Seafood Grille, O'Maddy's Bar and Grille, Crabby Bill's Fish Camp, The Wharf Restaurant & Bar and Dockside Dave's Grill or a yummy lunch, here’s where we head for a feast fit for Neptune.
Beach Drive’s Annata opened a sister restaurant that wows with presentation and panache. The raw bar’s chef composed oyster plate is art, the salmon ceviche heavenly (whipped labneh, everything bagel spice, pickled onion, avocado oil), the lobster roll with sea salt and vinegar frites the best outside Maine and the crab aricinis (roasted corn, horseradish aioli and avocado mousse) a mighty small plate you won’t want to share. Diver scallops with roasted sweet corn salsa and roasted garlic aioli is my all-time favorite dish in town.
A spectacular shrimp cocktail introduces Chef Scott’s bests such as local Gulf grouper panko crusted with lemon caper butter sauce, Rainbow Trout with blue crab beurre blanck, a feta shrimp sautee with kalamata olives, sun-dried tomatoes and lemon beurre blanc and the bacon-wrapped chargrilled swordfish served with asiago grits, or better yet, Southern-style with a kick shrimp and grits.
Still hungry? From restaurants to caterers, the 727area is a Foodie Haven. Sample these delightful spots: The Best Restaurants in St. Pete for Vegetarians and Vegans!, Bonjour! Best French Restaurants from Safety Harbor to St. Petersburg
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