America’s Byways: Florida’s Big Bend Coastal Trail

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 Seafood Grill has excellent food and a laid-back setting. Our favorite dishes included grilled shrimp and grouper as well as the fried oysters which were sweet and nutty.
  • Located on the waters edge, Boss Oyster offers seating that overlooks of the Apalachicola river. The food here is fantastic, when our “Oyster Po Boy” arrived, the oysters were so large that we decided to forgo the bread and eat the oysters by hand. The grand grits is a great dish for anyone wanting to avoid oysters.

Eastpoint and Carrabelle

  • As you could probably guess based on the first two locations on the list, the oysters at Lynn’s Quality Oysters were great. Shucked in the restaurant, these oysters taste great raw, we also loved their baked oysters that come with melted cheese, butter and garlic.
  • Ran by Pam Lycett, the Fisherman’s Wife has a variety of seafood on the menu. One dish that stood out to us was the oyster po boy. Served open faced, the sandwich came loaded with fried oysters. Other great dishes include the crab cakes and fried green tomatoes.


  • Smoked fish, especially the salmon, is a staple at Mineral Springs Seafood. As good as the fish is, their smoked fish dip called “Hot Mess” is on a level we have never experienced for. Likely the best smoked fish dip ever made, don’t leave here without a tub.
  • Operating as both a hotel and restaurant, the Wakulla Springs Lodge serves excellent food. Dinner is done big here and has dishes such as oysters, deviled crab and shrimp. Breakfast was our favorite meal however, we ordered the “Fried Chicken Breakfast,” expect a 25 minute wait for the chicken to cook, it is well worth it.

Apalachicola Seafood Grill

A corner-store Apalachicola lunch room surrounded by a raised sidewalk, this town favorite restaurant serves exemplary Gulf Coast seafood at reasonable prices.


Boss Oyster

Boss Oyster is one of the best places to eat the oysters for which Apalachicola is famous. Plus Florida shrimp, flounder, grouper, and redfish!


Lynn’s Quality Oysters

Friendly, happy, rough-around-the-edges, Lynn’s is a restaurant for oyster-lovers along Florida’s “forgotten coast.” Raw or baked, they're some of the best.


Fisherman’s Wife

This charming Carrabelle town cafe on Florida's Gulf Coast really is run by a fisherman's wife. Count on impeccable local seafood and perfect Key lime pie.


Mineral Springs Seafood

Roadside smokehouse and raw fish store, Mineral Springs on Florida's Gulf coast makes fabulous smoked fish spreads. No on-premises dining. All take-out.


Wakulla Springs Lodge

Surrounded by Florida forest & swamp, Wakulla Springs Lodge is a nature-lover's retreat serving southern food 3 times a day. Fried chicken is a best bet.