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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Dining Out Gulf Coast: Shipwreck Bar and Grill, St. Joe Beach, FL

We've passed by Shipwreck Raw Bar many times while traveling down Highway 98. There's always a full parking lot. That's always a good sign. Last week, we decided that we might as well see what all the fuss was about. I highly recommend their oysters! We were immediately seated and drink orders were taken right away. And if you're at a raw bar, you must enjoy some oysters on the half shell, right?

These were some of the "cleanest" oysters I've ever had. No grit, no shell, just ice cold, briny oysters served with lemon and a full cup of horseradish to mix up with ketchup for a lovely topping if you wanted.

Sweet Harold gave his approval.

I chose the crab cake which, as the menu says, is "Crabmeat with very little else." $6.95 Delicious, served with Sriracha Mayo Sauce. 

Harold had the "Grouper Treasure" which was a seared piece of grouper served over rosemary garlic potatoes, cheddar and bacon, topped with crab bisque. $17.95 The grouper was perfectly cooked, the rosemary potatoes were nicely seasoned, and the cole slaw was lightly dressed and crisp.

I finished up with a big bowl of crab bisque $8.95. This dish was literally full of crab meat. No skimping here! Served piping hot with garlic bread.

The menu is extensive with a dozen choices for shrimp and oyster preparation steamed, baked, etc. There are sandwich options, low country boil, many seafood dishes as well. Extremely generous portions.  

I'm very glad we finally decided to see what all the fuss was about! The service was attentive, but not hovering. We dined near closing time, but never felt rushed to finish our meal.  

Shipwreck is definitely on our list for a repeat visit!

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