Real-deal seafood shacks in Florida’s Big Bend
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
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
U.S. 98’s reigning fish house. The fried shrimp basket is highly addictive.
201 8th St. W, Carabelle
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
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
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.