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 heart, opportunities abound to enjoy peerless seafood in the most relaxed sorts of places.
Killer Seafood is all good: shrimp in glorious Simmerin' Sauce, outstanding grouper, and 4-star Key lime pie. A fun seaside shack, decorated with dollar bills.
Fine fried chicken along with all the right side dishes makes Smiley’s a go-to take-out restaurant along Florida's coastal Route 98. *CLOSED*
Local oysters -- raw, baked or steamed -- are featured at Indian Pass Raw Bar, a Florida Panhandle landmark of good eating.
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 is one of the best places to eat the oysters for which Apalachicola is famous. Plus Florida shrimp, flounder, grouper, and redfish!
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.
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.
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.