Singleton’s Seafood Shack

Fish Camp / Catfish Parlor | Seafood
One of the best

If ever the Encyclopedia of Roadfood gets written and it needs a perfect example of a Florida seafood shack, Singleton’s would fill the bill. It is bigger than most – a sprawling dining room, deck, kitchen and museum annex – but its colorful shackitude is beyond reproach. It is a deliciously déclassé nautical wreck with low ceiling, listing wooden floors, bare wood tables and hard benches. Everything is served in Styrofoam. Utensils are plastic. No-nonsense waitresses reward good customers with such appellations as hon, babe, and dear. And the cuisine is a north coast primer. Yes, there are burgers and barbecue and slaw dogs on the menu, but they are immaterial. What matters is nut-sweet shrimp that burst with flavor, briny oysters sheathed in fragile crust, devil crab that is moist and seasoned with eye-opening panache.

There is a southern accent to most plates of local seafood. Every meal comes with a pair of hushpuppies clad in a red gold crust that surrounds insides that are as moist as cake. The day I dined, the vegetable du jour was collard greens: limp leaves that are vaguely sweet, as earthy tasting as tobacco and yet deliriously healthful. I also had a good bowl of Minorcan clam chowder, a specialty from down St. Augustine way, in which datil peppers provide a nice buzz to soup that is loaded with flavorful clams.

What to Eat
Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Three Item Combo
Three Item Combo
For those who cannot decide, Singleton's menu offers a three-item combo for $19.95. This one is shrimp, oysters, and a deviled crab. Shrimp is the best of the three and judging by what everybody else was eating, the #1 dish at Singleton's. The Styrofoam platter also holds French fries, a pair of hushpuppies, collard greens (vegetable of the day), tartar sauce and cocktail sauce.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp
Fried Shrimp and mahi mahi.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Clam Chowder
Clam Chowder
Just because the service is unsophisticated and the china made of Styrofoam doesn't mean the Minorcan clam chowder isn't elegant.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Collard Greens
Collard Greens
Excellent collard greens! Verdant, porky, profound. While good and spicy on their own, I couldn't help but avail myself of a few of the hot sauces supplied on the table to perk them up even further.
Singleton’s Seafood Shack, Banana Cream Pie
Banana Cream Pie
The one down note at Singleton's was banana cream pie. Although the waitress promised it would be refreshing, it was not. I found it pretty gummy, and the blobs of ersatz whippo on top didn't help.
Directions and Hours
open now
Sunday10 am - 9 pm
Monday10 am - 9 pm
Tuesday10 am - 9 pm
Wednesday10 am - 9 pm
Thursday10 am - 9 pm
Friday10 am - 10 pm
Saturday10 am - 10 pm
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
5 stops | 55 MILES | 1 hr 24 min

There is no Minorcan chowder on the island of Minorca, nor anywhere else we know other than Florida's northeast coast, where almost all of the world's datil peppers are grown. Datils arrived in the late 18th century in the hands of Minorcans who came to work the once-ubiquitous indigo fields and finally settled in St.…

8 stops | 191 MILES | 4 hr 33 min

Florida's north coast is an eater's paradise, with fare both exotic and familiar. The menu includes fish camp cooking at its finest, pour-your-own pancakes at the Fountain of Youth, fried shrimp that may be the best anywhere, and a four-alarm delicious legacy of Minorcan hot peppers.

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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