Apalachicola Seafood Grill

Seafood | Steak
Memorable
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Apalachicola has all manner of good seafood restaurants, plain and fancy; but for local color (along with four-star food) in a totally laid-back setting, you can’t beat the Apalachicola Seafood Grill. A corner-store town lunch room surrounded by a raised sidewalk, it has a short counter where locals come to chat & chew as well as a scattering of oilcloth-covered tables. Souvenirs for sale include plush toys and amusing signs, such as “No Whining Zone”

Oysters are available raw, steamed, or grilled by the dozen, as well as fried on a sandwich or in a basket. Shrimp can be ordered fried or coconut fried, but the preparation that wows me is grilled. Modest-sized, but huge flavored, they come spangled with oregano and parsley with a tingle of pepper spice and a wisp of smoke in their seasoning. While they are remarkably tender, they aren’t the least bit flabby. What a joy each mouthful is! Grilled grouper is equally wonderful, the firm, flaky fish yielding the deepest sort of flavor satisfaction in every bite.

Another out-of-this-world dish is Apalachicola gumbo – spicy, robust, earthy, loaded with beautiful oysters and shrimp and forkfuls of flatfish. It is aggressively seasoned but with none of the complicated folderol of Creole gumbo. Instead, it glows with cordial Dixie charm that is more Mobile Bay than New Orleans. The Grill’s fried oysters are remarkably sweet, nutty, gentle. If we wanted to convert someone who thinks he doesn’t like oysters, these would be our argument. On the side comes hunky, homey potato salad with lots of bacon flavor.

What to Eat
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Seafood Gumbo
Seafood Gumbo
Must-Try
This photo does not reveal the plethora of seafood in the gumbo: a great, tangle of shrimp, oysters & flatfish.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Grilled Shrimp
Grilled Shrimp
Must-Try
Grilled shrimp come spangled with oregano and parsley. Drawn butter is redundant.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Fried Oysters
Fried Oysters
Must-Try
Apalachicola is known for its buttery oysters, which fry up beautifully.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Grilled Grouper
Grilled Grouper
Must-Try
Firm and flaky grouper is haloed with peppery spice.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Classic Key lime pie with a good crust. The fluff on top is somewhat irrelevant.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Coconut Cream Cake
Coconut Cream Cake
I would have preferred less cream and more cake and coconut frosting in the coconut cream cake.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Sunshine Cake
Sunshine Cake
"Tastes like a Dreamsicle," the waitress advised about sunshine cake. It was too sweet and gummy for me.
Apalachicola Seafood Grill, Greens
Greens
Pork-laced greens are soft and unspectacular, but satisfying in a simple-veggie way.
Directions and Hours
open now
SundayCLOSED
Monday11 am - 9 pm
Tuesday11 am - 9 pm
Wednesday11 am - 9 pm
Thursday11 am - 9 pm
Friday11 am - 9 pm
Saturday11 am - 9 pm
Roadtrips
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
7 stops | 154 MILES | 3 hr 14 min

Route 98 east of Panama City and south of Tallahassee borders what is known as Florida's Big Bend because it is shaped like the one in Texas. But unlike desert land west of the Pecos, Florida's Big Bend is lush: cool blue waters of Apalachee Bay to the south and Spanish moss-draped forest on the…

8 stops | 89 MILES | 1 hr 58 min

Traveling along Florida's Forgotten Coast is a reminder of what the Sunshine State was like several million inhabitants ago. The drive is unspoiled two-lane magic -- blue Gulf waters on one side, Spanish moss-draped forest on the other, and quiet small towns all along the way. With Apalachicola ("Oyster Capital of the World") at its…

6 stops | 67 MILES | 1 hr 27 min

Big Bend Coastal Trail

Florida's Big Bend Coastal trail is a "rich heritage [of] barrier islands, sand dunes, beaches, bays, coastal marshes, and springs," as described by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. For seekers of Roadfood -- seafood in particular -- it is one of the most rewarding byways in the nation.

Apalachicola

Information
Price
$$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
No
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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