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Hungry for Fresh Seafood & Friendly Service? Take a Bite Out of Florida’s Forgotten Coast!

By Forgotten Coast Web Team | March 12, 2020


If you’re hankering for fabulous food and tons of fun, Florida’s Forgotten Coast is the perfect destination. Not only are there heaps of exciting things to see and do here, but our remarkable restaurants dish out some of the freshest seafood and friendliest service the panhandle has to offer!

Franklin County is world-famous for our fresh, local seafood, including shrimp, blue crabs, a wide range of fish and of course our awesome Apalachicola oysters. When you’ve worked up an appetite playing on our beautiful beaches and exploring our coastal communities, grab a bite to eat at one of these spectacular seafood restaurants:

Appetizing Apalachicola

Seafood Platter from the StationFor a truly memorable dining experience, make a pit stop at The Station. This remodeled old-school service station in the heart of downtown serves up plump, cold Apalachicola oysters and an array of other tasty non-seafood dishes.

Another unique eatery in downtown Apalachicola may look like a Hole in the Wall, but it’s so much more. This charming diner dishes out local oysters, shrimp, homemade soup, casseroles and daily specials.

Up The Creek Raw BarOverlooking Apalachicola River, Up the Creek Raw Bar offers a casual setting, indoor and outdoor seating and dishes ranging from simple sandwiches to upscale seafood entrees. Tamara’s Café on Market Street serves up Florida flavor and fresh local catches with South American flair. The cuisine at this delightful café is elegant and modern, incorporating fresh herbs, garlic and wine.

To take a bite out of the world’s largest fish sandwich and other excellent seafood dishes, head over to the family-friendly Apalachicola Seafood Grill on Market Street.

The Franklin DishFor a distinctively upscale meal, visit The Franklin, located in Apalachicola’s Gibson Inn. This foodie’s paradise spotlights local seafood and farmers, re-imagining familiar favorites by fusing Japanese, French and Southern cuisines.

Make a nest at Apalachicola’s Owl Café for fresh local seafood, steak, pastas, home-made desserts, an extensive wine list and river view dining. Half Shell Dockside also serves up stunning sunset views on the Apalachicola River along with delicious seafood specials and southern comfort dishes.

Carrabelle Cravings

gormleys-on-the-riverOn the go in Carrabelle? Pay a visit to the Fisherman’s Wife for oysters, shrimp, fish, burgers, sandwiches, wraps and other made-to-order meals. Specializing in local seafood, this little restaurant is perfect for carry-out to the beach or boat.

Located at the St. James Bay Golf Resort in Carrabelle, Crooked River Grill features seafood and steaks in a beautiful dining room.

For waterfront dining on the Carrabelle River, cruise by Fathoms Steam & Raw Bar to enjoy local steamed seafood and live entertainment. Carrabelle is also home to Marine Street Grill, a quaint café with a family-friendly courtyard that serves up wings, burgers, oysters, shrimp and crab cakes.

Scrumptious St. George Island

If you’re searching for breathtaking Gulf views and yummy seafood dishes, look no further than Blue Parrot Oceanfront Café on St. George Island. Specializing in fresh seafood as well as land food, including steak, chicken, burgers and sandwiches, the café also features an outdoor tiki bar with beer, wine and specialty cocktails.

paddys-raw-barBeer enthusiasts and seafood lovers unite at Paddy’s Raw Bar on the bay, which offers a range of brews in the bottle and on tap, fresh seafood, wine and magnificent water views.

Swing by Doc Myers Island Pub & Sports Bar for tasty seafood dishes and burgers, outdoor dining and live entertainment. For Texas style barbecue, fresh seafood and diverse menu certain to satisfy everyone in the family, visit The Beach Pit on St. George Island. With a casual and intimate setting, this restaurant offers inside seating and outdoor tables in a screened-in patio.

For late night dining, cold cocktails and even more mouthwatering seafood, check out Harry A’s, which offers entertainment every night, whether it’s a live band, trivia or karaoke.

Eastpoint Eateries

Fresh Raw Apalachicola OystersWhile in Eastpoint, soar into the Pesky Pelican for scrumptious seafood, pizza and burgers and beautiful waterfront vistas. For more top-quality food and views, pay a visit to Lynn’s Quality Oysters & Raw Bar. Watch the sunset over Apalachicola Bay while you enjoy raw, steamed or topped oysters, steamed shrimp, seafood gumbo, shrimp salad, beer and wine and more.

Red Pirate Family Grill and Oyster Bar is a local favorite for the kiddos. This family-friendly restaurant features delicious sandwiches, raw and baked “pirate’s pearls” oysters, chicken and seafood baskets and a kid’s menu—all served up with a side of fun, including a mini golf course!

Want to take a doggie bag for the road? Stop by one of our Franklin County seafood markets on your way out of town. These markets serve up an array of fresh local seafood packed for easy travel!

Ready to plan a delicious, seafood lover’s adventure to Florida’s Forgotten Coast? Book your trip today!