Mineral Springs Seafood

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We stopped by Mineral Springs Seafood thanks to a tip from Florida food maven Kati Schardl, who called it “just a little ol’ fish house selling quality stuff!” Kati said that she always stops here both on the way to the beach and on the way back for “amazing smoked fish and crab dips” as well as seafood brought in by Mineral Springs’ own boat.

You know you are in for a treat the moment you open the door of your car and inhale the scent of sweet hardwood smoke emanating from the outdoor smoke pit. The shop is strictly take-out – there is no place to eat on premises – but if you have an appetite for Florida seafood at its finest, it behooves you to stop here. We don’t know about the raw fish, which looks fine, but we can say that salmon, fresh off the smoker, is firm and agreeably oily, packed with luxurious flavor.

As for the dips Kati recommended, each one, made with mullet, salmon, or grouper, is smooth, smoky, masterfully seasoned to highlight whichever fish it features. But the one known as “Hot Mess” is in a class by itself, maybe the best fish spread ever. A smoky melange of cobia, tuna, and salmon with little hot pops of candied jalapeno pepper, it is one of those foods so flavorful that you keep eating it even after appetite has become a memory. I stopped at a Dollar General store down the road, picked up a $1 box of crackers, and feasted on Hot Mess until it was gone.

What to Eat
Mineral Springs Seafood, Smoked Salmon
Smoked Salmon
Must-Try
Dense and luxuriously oily smoked salmon
Mineral Springs Seafood, Hot Mess
Hot Mess
Must-Try
Hot Mess: the best smoked fish dip, anywhere
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday10am - 6pm
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 6pm
Thursday9am - 7pm
Friday9am - 7pm
Saturday9am - 7pm
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

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

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