TOP Waterfront Dining in FLA
By now, you know the routine FLA...here's my top 3 errr 4. Which are yours???
Ocean Drive in South Beach really can't be considered waterfront dining since you really can't see the sea!
1. Sugar Reef-Hollywood Beach (Atlantic Ocean)
2. Smith & Wollensky-South Beach (Government Cut inlet)(only when they cook your steak right!)
3. Tony Chan's-Miami (Biscayne Bay)
4. Garcia's-Miami (Miami River)
1 - Louie's Backyard (Key West)
2 - Scotty's Landing (Coconut Grove) (OK, the food is hardly anything to right home about, but what a great place to get a few beers, some greasy conch fritters, and kick back).
3 - Baleen (Coconut Grove) / Azul (Brickell Key) - have not been to either recently, and there have been chef changes, but lovely locations for both.
In no particular order. . .
-- Sunday's on the Bay, Key Biscayne
-- Chart House, Coconut Grove (Biscayne Bay)/Melbourne (Indian River)
-- The Ocean Deck in Daytona Beach has a fantastic view. . .the food, however, is gross. (Atlantic Ocean, Dayton Beach pier)
-- Chowder's, Rockledge (Indian River)
Let's try to at least stick to edible cuisine (good would be better)-afterall this is Chowhound. Gross, I can do without! Drinks only advisement perhaps!!!
Caddys in Treasure Island (the food is good now; most of this summer it was awful; it tends to go up and down but it is beach food, shrimp, grouper sandwiches, and oddly, BBQ)
Island Way Grill -- this is backwater off the Clearwater Causeway (the road that goes from the mainland to the beach); high-end upscale.
Sea Critters on Passe-a-Grille -- also backwater, on the intracoastal, watch the dolphins frolic from your outdoor perch.
I would have put Oyster Catchers on my list but I went there recently and it was horrendous and very pricey -- just bad all over.
In the St. Lucie & Stuart area, I recommend Conchy Joe's at 3945 NE Indian River Dr in Jensen Beach. Lots fun & of Old Florida flavor. It's right on the Intracoastal. Really pretty at night near the water when the bridge to Hutchinson island is lit up. Great raw bar, too. Their conch chowder recipe was in Bon Appetit or Gourmet magazine.