Oysters, Oysters, and More Oysters in South Walton!
March 27, 2020 by SoWal Staff
Sowal is blessed to have access to some of the best seafood in the country, and our plump, salty, luscious oysters are among the finest in the world. Most come from Apalachicola Bay but when conditions aren't perfect there we get them in from Texas. Eat them raw on a Saltine cracker or delicately baked with gourmet ingredients. Oyster lovers will go a long way for a delicious and plump oyster - here's our latest SoWal LIST with some of our favorites nearby.
Stinky's Fish Camp in Dune Allen Beach has been one of the most popular oyster stops for quite some time now. They are known for serving “Oysters All Day, All Ways.” Order a half dozen baked or try Stinky’s Stew, a local favorite recently featured on Emeril's Florida, which combines shrimp, mussels, fish, oysters, and snow crab leg, corn, potatoes, tomatoes in a basil butter broth. If you are feeling frisky, try a dozen shooters of raw oysters in a Bloody Mary mix. 5994 Scenic 30A West, Santa Rosa Beach | 850-267-3053
Since 1984, AJ's Seafood and Oyster Bar has been serving up fresh, cold gulf coast oysters and cool libations. Some of you might remember AJ's way back in the day, when they shucked oysters off the deck behind a small trailer right on the Destin Harbor. Yes, that's where it all began! Now they are serving up some of the best raw and cooked oysters in Grayton Beach. If you can’t decide just get them all -Classic Rockefeller, raw, steamed or their signature Oysters Italiano which are baked on the half shell with Romano cheese herbs and garlic butter.
Hurricane Oyster Bar is located in Grayton Beach and has been a SoWal staple when oysters are the topic of discussion. They have a great happy hour special and serve oysters raw, grilled, steamed or baked. I suggest the World Tour raw oysters to get a little taste of everything. They serve up a mean Oysters Rockefeller but my favorite is the baked oysters served with jalapeño, bacon and cheddar cheese. 37 Logan Lane Suite 4, Grayton Beach | 850-231-0787
Dusty's Oyster Bar in Panama City Beach is an institution for raw oysters and the home of Scotty O’Lear, the three-time U.S. Oyster Shucking Champion. Sit down with a bucket of beer and enjoy a half dozen raw or the always delicious fried oyster po’boy. If that’s not enough, order the seafood oysters which come with alfredo, shrimp, crab and cheese. 16450 Front Beach Road, Panama City Beach | 850-233-0035
Great Southern Café located in Seaside, offers one of the best happy hours on the beach. Every day from 4-6 pm they serve a dozen raw oysters for only five dollars along with great drink deals. Their oysters are big and plump and perfectly complemented by the house made horseradish and hot sauce. For drink suggestions, ask the bartender to whip up one of their creative cocktails to accompany the half shell delights. 83 Central Square, Seaside | 850-231-7327
FOOW is the acronym for the restaurant formerly known as Fish Out of Water at the WaterColor Inn. FOOW embodies the spirit of the WaterColor community: coastal, fun, and unpretentious, with impeccable service and cuisine in an approachable, coastal setting overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Seriously the perfect spot to eat Gulf oysters on the half shell served with homemade cocktail sauce and ritz crackers and garnished with rosemary. Pair with a local craft beer on draught and you’ve got yourself a meal.
Goatfeather's Restaurant & Seafood Market has locations in Inlet Beach, Seagrove Beach and Blue Mountain Beach. They are a great solution after a long day at the beach when going out for dinner is not an option. For the perfect beach party call ahead and order a box of oysters along with all of the fixins’. The western location in Santa Rosa Beach does have a fine sit-down dining experience for lunch and dinner. 3865 W. Scenic 30A, Santa Rosa Beach | 850-267-2627 4042 E. Scenic 30A, Seagrove Beach | 850-231-4004
Grayton Seafood Company - Owner Kenny Griner has created a laid-back atmosphere where you’re welcome to sit all afternoon sharing stories over a cold beer, raw oysters, fresh fishes and local dishes you won’t find in every other restaurant in SoWal. Any day of the week, slurp down a dozen raw oysters from Alligator Point, or have them baked Oyster Bubbafellea style, topped with collard greens, cornbread, bacon and Tabasco and wash them down with Oyster City Brewing Company IPA.
SoWal Insider Tip: Check for oyster specials at Local Catch Bar & Grill on the weekends. Co-owner and Chef Adam Yellin says they are usually from St Bernard Parrish, LA. "They have good, shallow beds which give them a better flavor."
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