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Apr 26, 2006 11:46 PM


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1. Joe's Stone Crabs - Miami Beach (expensive)

2. Calypso - Pompano Beach (moderate)

3. La Camaronera - Miami (budget)

Please tell me your top 3 in the 3 tiers. This is a big state surrounded by the sea so this should be good!

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  1. 1. Sunfish Grill
    2. Calypso (agreed)
    3. Don't really have a budget seafood place
    4. Don't like Joe's in any category

    19 Replies
    1. re: adele

      Where does Tark's rank? I haven't tried it yet but it's on my list.

      1. re: sobe

        Calypso does a good job. For my money Joe's is over rated. I say blue claw crab rules. I ate at Tark's and was unimpressed.

        I love what Claudio does with seafood at Alta Mar (Miami Beach) expensive.

        For straight forward good product, Grill Fish (Miami Beach) moderate.

        Because of all the fun and variety the 50 year old Rustic Inn Crab House (Ft. Lauderdale) budget

        1. re: ez

          Alta Mar trumps grillfish in the moderate category easily.

          1. re: T. Pigeon

            Alta Mar is one of the best restaurants on South Beach period

            1. re: sobe

              I agree with your sentiment.

              1. re: T. Pigeon

                River Oyster Bar in Miami. Best selection of oysters in the city + changing menu of fish and seafood. I'd put it up against Altamar easily.

                1. re: lax2mia

                  I will attest to the quality at River, I was very impressed. Nothing in Orlando qualifies, a crying shame.

                  1. re: Bill

                    I am going to garcias soon and will go to river. On my list :).

                    1. re: Bill

                      How's Oceanaire in ORL? Have you heard anything on this?

                      1. re: Bill

                        Lee & Ricks in Orlando has amazing oysters, it's a longtime institution in Orlando and family owned & operated. They serve only farm raised oysters, you can get them by the bucket/bushel and they shuck them right there at the concrete bar. It's about as authentic as you can get, and cheap to boot. They do have a few other items on the menu, but they're mostly fried with the exception of the crab legs. Totally worth it!

                2. re: T. Pigeon

                  Sorry, I don't consider Alta Mar expensive (Joe's stone crab is to me)...we have a mere category difference :). I did not see you already had Alta Mar down.

            2. re: adele

              Has anyone heard of Dixie Crossroads in Titusville? We use to go out that way quite a bit for their food. I loved their corn fritters and the rock shrimp was great. It wasn't expensive either. A true mom and popsy type of business but it was always full.

              1. re: M22sweeties

                Dixie Crossroads is still there, and still an institution. Despite the crush of tourists, still really good.

                1. re: M22sweeties

                  Another Dixie Crossroads is located in Mt Dora and measures up just as well. Had a very tasty and pleasant meal there this past winter and will return. Homey, friendly, can get crowded but that just means there a lot of people who agree with the quality of the food.

                  1. re: feelinpeckish

                    Another Dixie Crossroads is in Orlando at Festival Bay, it's a shopping area on International Drive near the Prime Outlets. It's in the same plaza as Vans Skate Park and Outdoor World (or some such giant sporting store).

                  2. re: M22sweeties

                    Dixie Crossroads was great in the seventies and eighties but has been going downhill ever since, while their prices have been increasing. A much better choice in the area would be either Florida's Seafood Bar & Grill or Boston Beef & Seafood, both in Cocoa Beach, which serve very fresh and inexpensive meals.

                  3. re: adele

                    Sunfish Grill absolutely,
                    and 3030 Ocean positively
                    both in Fort Lauderdale -- note that Sunfish Grill has a new location)

                    1. re: zenana

                      I'm just a New Yorker, but I thought Sunfish Grill, a place I love, is in Pompano. Where is the new place?

                      1. re: stuartlafonda

                        sunfish moved to Oakland Park Blvd. 200 seats now...can they still pump out the quality? Please let us know...BTW there is no such thing as "just" a New Yorker!

                  4. The lack of good seafood in Orlando has been an embarassment for decades.
                    I hasten to exclude the coast, including Brevard, because there are some decent places there -- I'm just a little out of my territory.

                    In the Orlando area, Fulton's is probably the best in the expensive category, but be prepared for a wait -- no reservations -- and plenty of tourists.
                    Roy's and Moonfish on Restaurant Row are not pure seafood, but they serve some of the best in town. Also expensive.
                    Straub's two locations, Altamonte and East Colonial, are acceptable in the mid-price range and High Tide Harry's can be fun, but not always the highest, freshest quality.
                    Of course, Lee & Rick's for oysters and fried shrimp and fish, as well at the Catfish Place in Apopka and St. Cloud are clearly the best in that category.


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                    1. re: Bob Mervine

                      OUr personal favorite - Corky Bells (Titusville)burned to the ground during one of the 2004 hurricanes. I have heard that they are rebuilding but have not seen any official reopening date. If anyone is ever in the Titusville area and could enlighten me I would appreciate it

                      1. re: Kathy

                        they are still rebuilding and plan to open this winter(we hope)

                      2. re: Bob Mervine

                        Lee & Ricks for appalachicola oysters. I love sitting at the concrete bar and having them shucked in front of me. Sleeve of saltines and a beer is all that is necessary.

                        I'm surprised at your rec of Fultons. I thought it miserable, but the one visit was enough to keep me away ever since. LMF

                      3. I want to add Le Bon on Lincoln Road to the list. Food with a Belgian flair. They do mussels 13 different ways (steamed, simmered and au gratin)and a cold appetizer. The seafood is always fresh. I've had Kumamoto oysters there. Great beer.

                        1. Francesco!!! (mid priced) see my review in a separate thread.

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                          1. re: T. Pigeon

                            Francescos, why make us search? there is no search capabilities with how's about copying and pasting it here?

                            My friend, from peru, swears by this place! He's the one who told me about salmon salmon too, but concedes Francescos is better!

                            1. re: n

                              I posted the review after writing this. You don't need to search.

                              1. re: n

                                BTW there are search capabilities within ch but you need to go back to where you select a region and scroll up. They are not great. And as I said, would not have helped in this case because I realized that I should add the place here right before writing the review.

                                1. re: T. Pigeon

                                  so where's the review? I'd like to hear what you ate and what made it so great? I hope it does not contain guts! :-)

                                  1. re: netmover

                                    I have no idea why people are having trouble with finding it so here it is...


                                    1. re: T. Pigeon

                                      Oops. I did not see your second post.... was out very late again and didn't have a drink, I swear, I was just tired :).

                                2. re: n

                                  sorry, I just saw it as a solo post...I'll read it now.

                              2. Does anyone know of a decent fish fry here in South Florida? We have one in the town where I grew up and it is stupendous! I'm talking about a small and simple place to go get a fish fry or fish sandwich, perhpas some fried scallops here in Dade or Broward. Can someone please help me out? It's amazing to me that these places don't dot the coast!

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                                1. re: netmover

                                  I'll bet if you ask the guys who sell fresh fish at Mr. Fish (in Pompano Beach) or Two Nicks (in FLL) they can point you in the right direction.

                                  1. re: Dev

                                    Oops, make that Two Bills in FLL