Apalachicola: Need recommendation/dinner/room
I haven't been in a couple of years. Milestone anniversary coming up.
I humbly request recs for dinner and hotel in late September.
The Gibson Inn looks good based on websites, but so do some of the others.
View and (of course) the food is most important. Oysters, required.
Boss Oyster is terribly overpriced. Real locals go to Papa Joe's. There is nobody cooking at the Gibson.
Go to the Owl for the best in town. Caroline's can be good and so can Cafe Floridita depending on who's cooking. Chef Eddie's is very...uh...eclectic in appearance but for steaks, gumbo, bisque and fish he's hard to beat. The service at Verandas was awful the last time I ate there. Same at Caroline's although the girl tried really hard. She was overwhelmed.
Up the Creek is nother good place for oysters and much more reasonable than Boss with a better view.
Steer clear of the Hole in the Wall.
The oytsters have never been better.
Up The Creek Raw Bar @ 313 Water St., Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 2525.
Papa Joe's Oyster Bar @ 301 Market St., Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 1189.
Owl Cafe @ 15 Avenue East, Apalachicola, FL 850 - 653 - 9888.
re: The Chowhound Team
We got here on Saturday.
the first night we ate at the Blue parrot at St George Island. It was terrible and terribly overpriced. Better options were found at Apalachicola.
Tried the Owl Cafe for lunch. Great food. we loved the victorian house that it was in.
Verandas Bistro was also great. We loved the adjoining wine room where u can purchase and drink wines at retail store prices ($5 corkage but what a bargain!). the wines were truly excellent and varied.
Boss Oyster today - WE WILL BE GOING BACK FOR SURE! the raw oysters were amazing. the best i've tasted. The grouper chowder is a total miss. it was just gummy. The grouper fish and chips were also good. But oh... the oysters.... i can go on abt them.
That Place in Apalach - it was good. But not great. The steamed shrimp were delicious. But the menu is modest as was the wine list but the prices weren't cheap.
I'd like to try my hand at buying some seafood and cooking it at home - any reccs on where we could buy good seafood? We read abt Lynn's seafood. Any comments? Suggestions?
We're here for the rest of the week so if anyone has any great resto reccs - please tell us. We're in St George Island.
Are you sure you went to the Owl? It's not in a house, unless they've moved.
If they still have soft shell crabs this late, try those at Boss Oyster. Ummmm!
For fresh seafood, there are two guys who sell out of trailers on the island. The one on the right, just as you get to the road over bridge, it the better one. There's also a place just on the Apalach side of the bridge, you turn off to the right... I can't remember the name of it. And, there's a great produce stand, on the left, as you head toward Apalach.
We stayed overnight in Apalachicola at the Coombs House Inn in May. A very pleasant bed-and-breakfast with several well appointed rooms. See the following link for details. http://www.coombshouseinn.com/ One note, contrary to their web page, the Inn is located in town and not near the water. As to Café Momi the restaurant presently in the Gibson Inn, we found the raw oysters were fresh and excellent but the BBQ ribs were so tough as to be practically inedible.
The Gibson Inn is a great place to stay but more upscale is the Consulate. Being a resident of Franklin County I am thrilled that folks are coming to Apalachicola. It honestly captures old Florida.
Reccs for food are good but I must say that the Magnolia Grill has a atmosphere that is creepy . Boss - though casual is the best for oysters without a doubt. Have some raw.
The restaurant at the Gibson Inn that was one of the best in the entire country, Avenue Sea, closed in January. Chef said that he just couldn't make it work in Apalachicola because the local clientele weren't drawn in, and most of his customers had driven in from 100-200 miles just to eat there.
Below are my personal gems of Apalachicola:
Owl Cafe - http://www.owlcafeflorida.com/
Tamara's - http://www.tamarascafe.com/
Chef Eddie's Magnolia Grill - http://www.chefeddiesmagnoliagrill.com/
That Place in Apalach - http://www.thatplaceinapalach.com/
These are all fine spots for a meal and could stand up as popular places in any large city. I wish all towns with a population of 2,000 had this quality of selection.
Additionally, here's the website for Veranda's Bistro, which someone mentioned above. I think it opened up since I was last in Apalachicola, but it looks promising:
Visited there last fall and stayed at the Apalachicola River Inn right on the water. Not very fancy, but comfy and you can't beat the view and you can walk everywhere. Last fall they had a special with a full breakfast included in the price. See http://www.apalachicolariverinn.com/ for details. Boss Oyster is right next door and if you like oysters served in a dive setting where they're actually hauling them off the boats in front of you, Boss Oyster is your place. They have something like 30 optional toppings and I tried a few but went back to plain ole oysters on the half shell -- they are incredible!! We also liked Tamara's Cafe and Verandah Wine Barr for meals. The restaurant at the Gibson Inn was once known as one of the best in all of the panhandle but I believe it has since closed. If you want to get on the water for some fishing or, like we did, for a sunset sail up the river, see Captain John Sapp at 850-653-8740 -- he's a native and knows the area well. We've been thinking about returning this winter so please post a review when you get back.....Barbara
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