Fisherman’s Wife

Seafood | Small Town Café
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“Yay We Have Oysters!” says an early-September chalkboard sign at The Fisherman’s Wife in the sleepy village of Carrabelle. Pam Lycett, who really is a fisherman’s wife (hubby was out on his shrimp boat when we stopped in), runs a gracious little cafe with pastel-colored walls, slow-spinning overhead fans, and a sound-dampening rug on the floor. There is no throbbing music or raucous conversation in this peaceful place, which is so right for contemplating seafood presented the way locals like it: simple, direct, and utterly fresh.

The oyster po boy is formidable, arriving splayed open on the plate, too large and overflowing to pick up and eat like a sandwich. Oh, what fun it is to gleefully pluck at it, oyster by oyster, savoring the warm luxury of sweet, briny meat and zesty crust, occasionally punctuating the melty-crunchy ecstasy by forking up the sandwich’s lettuce, tomato, onion, and mayo, along with pinches of good bread. Crabcakes are only slightly devilish, peppered enough to halo the sweet, moist meat. Notable main-course companions include fried green tomatoes in a veil of see-through crust and crisp-surfaced hushpuppies the size of extra-large eggs.

“Miss Pam just brought in a Key lime pie today,” the waitress advises. “It’s the only one we have. No Derby and no buttermilk pie.” That’s fine because the Key lime is a perfect triumvirate of sweet, cream, and citrus twang – a modest wedge, pale yellow with a thin crust and no adornment whatsoever. The classic cannot be improved.

What to Eat
Fisherman’s Wife, Oyster Po Boy
Oyster Po Boy
Must-Try
Although billed as a sandwich, the oyster po boy is too abundant to pick up whole. But what a joy it is to pluck these oysters one by one. They are so tender that they quite literally melt in your mouth.
Fisherman’s Wife, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Must-Try
Listed on the chalkboard as a special, fried green tomatoes sport a fine, see-through veil of crust and a vivid, fruity flavor.
Fisherman’s Wife, Single Crab Cake
Single Crab Cake
Must-Try
Only slightly spicy, the crab cake is moist and sweet.
Fisherman’s Wife, Key Lime Pie
Key Lime Pie
Must-Try
Made by Miss Pam, Key lime pie is an impeccable classic: sweet, tart, and creamy.
Fisherman’s Wife, Hush Puppy
Hush Puppy
Hushpuppies are large ovals with crackling crisp crust and creamy insides.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday11am - 8pm
MondayCLOSED
Tuesday11am - 9pm
Wednesday11am - 9pm
Thursday11am - 9pm
Friday11am - 9pm
Saturday11am - 9pm
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
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
Website

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