America has at least three Shrimp Capital of the Worlds: Brownsville, Texas, Morgan City, Louisiana, and Mayport, Florida. Among Roadfood explorers, Florida is the favorite place to eat them because not only do restaurants in and around St. Augustine, just south of Mayport, serve utterly elegant, butter-rich butterflied fried shrimp, but there’s also Titusville to the south, where rock shrimp rule. With shells as hard as lobsters, rock shrimp were not appreciated until Rodney Thompson and his daughter Laurilee figured out a way to split the shells and broil them. The result was easily edible shrimp as posh as lobster, now the specialty of the Dixie Crossroads restaurant Thompson founded in 1983.

Restaurants With This Dish

Fresh pastas, ready to boil
Paul’s Pasta Shop


Nom Wah Tea Parlor
Nom Wah Tea Parlor


Sarapes Restaurante - Combination Plate
Sarapes Restaurante


Shaggy’s Pensacola


Countless little holes in a stack of wafer-thin yellow ployes beg to sop up butter.
Long Lake Sporting Club | Northern Maine’s Unique Ployes


Jamrock Caribana | Deep South Jamaican Treasure



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