by Steve Dollar | February 26, 2018

Order Up!

Real-deal seafood shacks in Florida’s Big Bend


Indian Pass Raw Bar, is one of the last bastions of oyster-shacktopia. Photography by Libby Volgyes

Indian Pass Raw Bar

A little bit of Florida history, some rockin’ country music and a lot of fresh oysters, any way you like ’em. There’s even a couple of craft beers on draft.

8391 County Road 30A, Port St. Joe
(850) 227-1670

Lynn’s Quality Oysters & Retail Market

Find raw oysters, cold beer, an iced-down display of fresh catches to take home and lots of U.S. 98 character. Owner Lynn Martina has been working in the family oyster business since she was 9 years old.

402 U.S. 98, Eastpoint
(850) 670-8796

A handful of tables and a tiny oyster bar with a few stools make things cozy at Lynn’s Quality Oysters. Photography by Libby Volgyes

The Fisherman’s Wife

U.S. 98’s reigning fish house. The fried shrimp basket is highly addictive.

201 8th St. W, Carabelle
(850) 697-4533

Spring Creek Restaurant

Revered by locals, the family-managed restaurant with homey, country-lodge decor offers an “Ah, this is it!” vibe from the moment you walk in the door. The portions are generous, but you’re also feasting on a spirit of tradition, surrounded by North Florida wilderness.

33 Ben Willis Road, Crawfordville
(850) 926-3751

Photography by Libby Volgyes

Fathom’s Steam Room and Raw Bar

Suck down oysters and beer, with the added attraction of an outside deck and a bandstand that hosts everything from Nashville songwriter weekends to willing, if off-key, cover bands.

102 Ave. A N., Carabelle
(850) 697-9712

Ouzts’ Too Oyster Bar and Grill

The original Ouzts’ was legendary for its smoked mullet, fresh-off the boat oysters and chickens that nested in the trees outside a building that looked as if it wouldn’t survive a hurricane. The more recent version, close by the George Nesmith Bridge over the St. Marks River, is beloved by bikers, rowdy karaoke singers and mullet heads who can’t get enough.

7968 Coastal Highway, Newport
(850) 925-6448

Read more about the rich history of Florida’s Shacktopia