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

Swiftwater Cafe


Yang Chow
Three different baked oysters: key lime with butter, Buffalo, and spinach-bacon at Alonzo's restaurant


A broad, heavy-paper bowl holds crisp-fried bites of alligator and a honey-sopped biscuit
Cosse’s on the Beach


Fish baked under shallots, tomatoes, capers, olive oil and lemon juice.
The Fish House



Shrimp Recipes

Shrimp Mozambique Recipe | New Bedford, MA

BBQ Shrimp

Shrimp are plastered with moist, seasoned breadcrumbs in a casserole dish.

Shrimp de Jonghe


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