One of the bonuses of living in South Florida is that you don’t have to go far to find really good fresh seafood. We have some of the best seafood markets in the state, with fresh catches being brought in daily. But if you love Mahi-Mahi, Tuna or Yellowtail Snapper, but have no idea how to prepare it – why not leave it up to the pros. Here’s a list of our top five places to go for fresh seafood.
The Fish House
102341 Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037
This place tops our list – it’s half fresh fish market, half restaurant. You can pretty much guess that every fish no the menu is going to be great. Having a tough time making a decision we suggest the Yellowtail Snapper Matecumbe style – baked and topped with fresh tomatoes, shallots, basil, capers, olive oil and lemon juice. This is a Fish House’s original creation and it’s incredible.
Blue Moon Fish Co.
10317 Royal Palm Boulevard
Coral Springs, FL 33065
Set in a strip shopping center, the Blue Moon Fish Co. is gem in the center of Coral Springs. Their specialties include a really good pecan-crusted grouper; jumbo Gulf Diver shrimp braised in bacon, apples and fennel; macadamia nut crusted Chilean Sea Bass and black and white sesame crusted Yellowfin Tuna. The place is a bit pricey – but the food is worth it.
Kelly’s Landing New England Seafood
305 SE 17th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
So if you’re from New York or Jersey or the Northeast and have a taste for home (and not Mahi-Mahi and Yellowfin Tuna) then why not head to Kelly’s Landing. It’s a small cozy place which specializes in New England seafood. The menu is full of chowder, clams, oysters, lobsters, shrimp and even baked beans and brown bread.
Red Fish Grill
9610 Old Cutler Rd
Miami, FL 33156
The restaurant is elegant, but in our opinion the best tables ‘in the house’ are those on the terrace which overlook the lagoon. Red Fish’s flavors are a melding of Latino and Caribbean styles – you really can’t go wrong with any pick. Not sure where to start? Why not try the grilled grouper served over a papaya and mango salad and paired with a sweet plantain puree.
Garcia’s Seafood Grille & Fish Market
398 NW North River Dr
Miami, FL 33128
Like The Fish House in Key Largo, Garcia’s is part restaurant and part fish market. Start with the lobster bisque, thick and hearty and not too big so it wasn’t too filling. The menu consists of some of the freshest catch of the day – usually including crab claws, shrimp, conch and a variety of locally caught fish including Mahi-Mahi and Yellowtail Snapper.