JC Seafood Serves It Up Fresh in Seagrove Beach
May 11, 2014 by Manny Chavez
Editor Note - JC's is closed and replaced by Steamboat Bar & Grill.
Nestled quietly in the Seagrove Center, JC Seafood Restaurant has been operating since 2012 with brothers Michael and Hai Po offering their rendition of French, New Orleans and American cuisine. On a recent dinner outing at this laid-back eatery, we sampled a variety of menu items and came away with a lot of respect and appreciation for this establishment.
Our waitress, Esther, proved to be quite attentive and helpful with menu suggestions. We started with two special appetizer of day plates…the Fried Green Tomato with Crab and the Eggroll with Red Chili Sauce.
The Fried Green Tomato starter consisted of three fresh tomato slices battered and fried to perfection with a generous helping of lump crab meat and JC’s house white sauce. The eggrolls (3), homemade by Hai Po and topped with a sweet-hot red chili sauce, were also a great choice.
Moving on to entrees, we opted for the JC Grouper and the JC Softshell Crab. JC’s menu has a variety of both seafood and beef offerings. So, while in Rome…. The seafood items can mostly be ordered grilled, blackened, or sautéed. The JC Softshell Crab, naturally, was fried perfectly with a scrumptious batter topped with almonds, pecans and JC’s special house brown sauce. The JC Grouper was ordered sautéed topped with lump crab meat combined with JC’ special white sauce. “Our fresh fish is local and brought in daily,” emphasizes Michael. The emphasis is on freshness.
JC’s desserts are for the most part, handmade at the restaurant. We chose the chocolate cake and crème brulee, both of which capped off a very enjoyable meal. The white chocolate bread pudding is also a patron favorite.
In terms of the bar, a good variety of both white and red wines are available either by the glass or by the bottle. Also, both domestic and imported beers can be purchased. During our dinner, we noticed quite a few customers loading up on take home items as JC’s has a take-home menu for this purpose.
Michael works daily as the general manager of JC’s, but he knows he can sub as “the back-up guy” for Hai Pho. He laughingly says that he “can jump in there” if need be. These brothers are an energetic duo ready to roll with the upcoming season. A great menu combined very reasonable prices should make for even more satisfied customers as JC Seafood welcomes folks to Seagrove Beach.