Along with oysters-on-the-half-shell, white and meaty scallops are a delicacy when prepared correctly. In Spain scallops are baked with bread crumbs, ham and onions. In Japan, they are often prepared as sashimi or sushi. In China dried scallops or “conpoy” is served. And smoked scallops are a favorite appetizer or as ingredients in the preparation of other dishes. So how do the following establishments serve up scallops in South Florida?

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Poseidon Greek Restaurant & Outdoor Lounge

1131 Washington Ave.
Miami, FL 33139
(305) 534-4434
www.poseidonmiami.com

When you take into account that Greek cuisine is one of the oldest in the world, it’s no wonder Poseidon considers cooking an art form. The restaurant offers its patrons a culinary journey to Greece where chefs are very much appreciated. Meal choices are prepared using natural ingredients grown on Taygetos Mountain of Kalamata such as “the tear drop of the Skinos tree.” Spices, wild fish-egg caviar and fresh fish are imported from the Aegean Sea. The variety of scallop dishes includes Scallops Saganaki (made with feta cheese flambéed in ouzo), and Poseidon Fresh Sea Risotto.

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A Fish Called Avalon

700 Ocean Drive
Miami Beach, FL 33139
(305) 532-1727
www.afishcalledavalon.com

For more than twenty-five years A Fish Called Avalon has earned a reputation for serving the freshest seafood in South Beach. Whether it’s the Ceviche Tasting (fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices and spiced with chili peppers) from the Raw Bar, a Seared Scallops appetizer or Orzo Seafood Paella, a main course for two, your food will be prepared with “passionate care to ensure a sensuous, satisfying tropical experience.” Every Thursday thru Saturday after 10:00 p.m. enjoy sitting outside and listening to live Spanish Rock and Latin Jazz. A Fish Called Avalon promises the guitar and bongo rhythms will keep you dancing till dawn.

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15th Street Fisheries

1900 S.E. 15th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
954-763-2777
www.15streetfisheries.com

Adjacent to the historic Lauderdale Marina, 15th Street Fisheries offers superior food and fun for great value with both dockside seating and an upstairs dining room. At this location for over thirty years, the restaurant is one of the most outstanding restaurants in South Florida as evidenced by winning numerous awards including Best Seafood Restaurant, Best Restaurant For a First Date, and Best Restaurant To Impress Guests. It can be reached by land and by sea and is a very popular spot along the Water Taxi route. On the menu look for Seared Diver Scallops, or try the Fruits of the Sea.

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Kelly’s Landing

1305 S.E. 17th St.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
(954) 760-7009
www.kellyslanding.com

Kelly’s Landing is a bit of New England transplanted to South Florida. The restaurant aims to “provide great food, beer and wine served by a friendly staff in a casual, family atmosphere.”  Snow birds missing their favorite seafood restaurant up north will feel right at home here. An impressive offering of Scallop dishes include Kelly’s Medley, Kelly’s Fried Combo, as well as Sea Scallop Scampi. A particular favorite might be the Maine Lobster with drawn butter and optional scallop stuffing.

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Echo

230A Sunrise Ave.
Palm Beach, FL 33480
(561) 802-4222
www.echopalmbeach.com

Echo has a well deserved reputation as one of Palm Beach’s most acclaimed restaurants. It serves up a mix of “diverse, distinctive and delicious flavors” from China, Thailand, Japan and Vietnam. In addition to the tastes of Asia, the restaurant smoothly blends an upbeat décor and Asian-influenced art to present the perfect yin and yang balance of tranquility and energy. Scallop dishes to include in your dining experience are Miso Soup appetizer and Togarashi Scallops, a main dish served with Coconut Rice and Yuzu Glaze.

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