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Jul 4, 2010 04:07 PM

Where is the best no frills Seafood in all of Florida?

I am looking for the best non-touristy seafood restaurant in all of Florida.

I am from central Florida but am looking to take a day trip in search of some of the best seafood in the state. I am looking for a place that is filled with locals eating fresh and tasty seafood. Sadly I don't know of any of these types of places aside from JB's fish camp in New Symerna Beach. I'm looking for something new, fun, tasty, and not crazy expensive. Anyone here have a favorite place to recommend?

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  1. I like all my seafood with frills, so I couldn't tell ya. :)

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    1. re: askdrtodd

      Try The Fish Shack in Pompano Beach Fl. You cant go wrong. Its the best little seafood restaurant that I have ever been to. Simply put it is fantastic.. Tim Hoholik.

    2. Have you tried Down the Hatch on Ponce Inlet? I love their smoked fish dip and broiled combo platter.

      Down the Hatch
      8010 49th Ave N, Saint Petersburg, FL 33709

      1. Hunt's Oyster Bar in Panama City- not Panama City Beach, but Panama City. Unfortunately with the current situation in the Gulf, who knows how long they will be around- we will be going there later this week, so I will let you know!

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        1. re: Clarkafella

          I've never been a big fan of Hunts, but I do recommend Cato's which is a just a little seafood market on Hwy 231 right before you get into town. Basically point to the stuff in the case and they'll cook it up for you and you can sit at one of the handful of tables they have inside or a picnic table outside. I'm headed back over this weekend and also very worried about how all these little places are going to fare.

          1. re: flgrl

            Ate at Hunt's tonight- not sure why you aren't impressed unless you don't like oysters. Here it is- mid-July, and it was still fantastic!

            1. re: flgrl

              I have to agree with you flgrl. We've lived in PCB for 4 years and up until last year everyone kept saying how we HAD to try Hunts. Well, we tried and I was really not happy. Maybe we just went on an off night, but I don't really want to waste the money to try again. The oysters had a wonderful texture but were absolutely tasteless - it was really weird. The entrees we got were also less than impressive. It was such a bummer because I had really high expectations! I prefer Dusty's for oysters - hole in the wall but the oysters are always great.

              1. re: kris20871

                Bayou on the beach PCB. Oysters, crawfish, royal red shrimp. Give them a try.

          2. I like Charlies Fish House on U.S. 19 in Crystal River. Good fresh seafood and not fancy.

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            1. re: fdobbs1

              Charlies Fish House is good for fish, if you like Mrs. Pauls or Gortons. Nothing was fresh, the deep fry was greasy, and the portions were tiny. Never again.

            2. PJ's on Indian Rocks Beach just off of indian rocks road, best prices they are also on St. Pete Beach but indian rocks road is the better one, not a classy joint but the food is to die for. great prices, come early by 5pm that place its nuts. so eat early then you can drive south to just past 694 towards Seminole to the Candy Corner for a big Ice cream cone with some sprinkles and some Violets candies, do you all remember them? Yummy and Sen Sen and the Violets gum!!