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Jul 5, 2008 02:42 AM

Any good "fish camp" restaurants in Central FL?

We're going to Ichetucknee Springs leaving from Boynton Beach. It would be fun to sample some real Florida-style fish along the way. Any ideas?

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    1. I'd recommend the Black Hammock in Oviedo, northeast of Orlando, on Lake Jessup --

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      1. re: bcodom

        I second the Black Hammock. You don't get a water view in the restaurant, but the food is pretty good. Outside, it's a short walk across the parking lot and through a biker bar to see one of the most alligator infested bodies of water in Florida. Its fun to flash a camera over the water at night and watch all of the eyes that reflect back...

        The Swamp House Restaurant in Orange City is pretty good too, and here you get a wonderful view of the St. Johns.

      2. One to avoid is a chain rest called Up the Creek. We tried to like it 3 times and from service to food it was just increasingly sad and pathetic each time.

        1. Black Hammock in Oviedo, or JB's Fish Camp in New Smyrna Beach.

          1. Check out the Swamphouse Grill in Debary, FL. It's on the water and has live music at times. Don't let the RV park that it sits on fool you, the atmosphere is great at this place and the food's not too bad either.

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            1. re: tommyvee

              The places above are all pretty comercial,,yes JB's is comercial!! Especially when you look at the prices! Most of the Authentic fish camps are tucked awy next to the st john's river or on a big lake chain. The Black Hammock is probably the closest thing to Orlando you can get. However the food at this place wavers. Yes it is a neat place to visit especially if you have kids or relatives in from up north. They make a good drink and you can ride an air boat for about $25 a person. They also have decent entertainment. But i wouldn't go there for the food.

              If you are going for the food try one of the following:

              Shady oak Fish camp and Tavern on hwy 44 in Deland on the saint johns river. I really like this place!! its authentic, full of locals, and has THE BEST catfish in west volusia county. The only way to eat catfish is on the bone and this place serves choice fingerlings. you can have a dinner for 9.95 or you can do what I do I do and get the catfish basket. It comes with your choice of french fries or homemade potato salad and hush puppies for $6. This place has cold beer and sits out over the water. watch out for the holes in the floor or you'll end up in the river with the alligators!

              2. The Black Water Inn hwy 40 in Astor on the St. johns river.
              Ok this isn't a "fish camp" it's nicer or not depending on which part of the place you sit. If you sit downstairs you will be in a nice resturaunt over looking the saint johns river. You might have to wait for a table on the weekends. This place serves the best catfish on the saint johns river. A position that was fomerly held by the now closed Lake Monroe Inn. Like the Lake monroe inn, the blackwater inn has an all u can eat salad bar and serves steaks as well. If you don't want to get dressed up, you can eat upstairs in the bar. They don't have steaks or a salad bar. But they do have the killer catfish and more killer drinks!.

              3. The crazy gator marina on hwy 415 under the osteen bridge in sanford.
              This place is an authentic fish camp place as well. Lots of fried goodies and cold beer. This is a good place to visit in a t-shirt and flip flops. You'll feel right at home. They also have entertainment on a deck over looking the river. They are also priced nice.

              If you are snooty you'll want to pick #2!

              They are all good!

              1. re: mountdorahound

                Black Water Inn was great. Went with the catfish fingerlings. Saw a little gator in the river while we ordered. This is real Florida.