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Feb 5, 2007 01:01 PM

East Coast/West Coast Oysters

Are there any restaurants in the Jacksonville area that sell something other than gulf oysters? I know that chains like Morton's and Ruth Chris will mostly likely have some east coast oysters, but I would rather enjoy them at a locally-owned establishment. Any suggestions?

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  1. I don't know much about oysters, but aren't Apalachicola ones supposed to be really good? I didn't know they came from anywhere else in Florida. . .

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    1. re: Covert Ops

      The numbers of Apalachicola I've heard are that the area is responsible for 90% of the oysters sold in Florida, and 10% of the total American oyster crop.

    2. interesting topic - where DO restaurants get their seafood from? and just how fresh can it actually be??!

      i know that they have oyster farming operations off the atlantic coast further north.

      myself, i stay away from seafood unless i'm on one of our coasts.

      oyster beds are around in the marshes of the intercoastal, but are there really any commercial oyster fisherman in central / south FL ? i dunno.....

      at least we have fisherfolk and shrimpers galore.

      1. Fifty miles south of Jacksonville in Crescent Beach there is "South Beach Grill." They serve local "east coast" oysters amonst other excellent seafood. Definately stop in if you are in the area. Located right on the beach, half the dining is open air. You will have to wear a shirt and shoes after 5pm though.

        Here is their website.

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        1. re: dawger2

          The fresh fish menu is not online.