There are few things as Floridian as Key lime pie, but the search for the perfect grouper sandwich may be one of them. There’s nothing better than a day at the beach followed by a perfectly fried or blackened slice of heaven on a bun. An excellent grouper sandwich is also a sign that everything else at the restaurant is probably tasty and fresh, too. Here are 10 places in Florida that serve up top-notch grouper sandwiches:
1. Fish Shack, Pompano Beach
You can't judge a book by its cover -- or a restaurant by its strip mall. This modest little hole in the wall has some of the best seafood in South Florida. We're focusing on these ridiculous grouper sandwiches, but you can't go wrong with anything on the menu here.
2. Big Ray's Fish Camp, Tampa
To each his own when it comes to the whole fried/blackened/grilled dilemma, but we do have to say the blackened grouper sandwiches at Big Ray's are legendary. If it weren't for these sandwiches, homemade onion rings could easily be the star of the show. If you're the adventurous type, they also make a grouper reuben.
3. Big Water Fish Market, Siesta Key
If you're in the Sarasota/Siesta Key area, there's no better place for a fresh fish sandwich. They're creative, too. Pictured is the grouper BLT (because everything's better with bacon, duh). It's probably no surprise that the fish tacos are insanely delicious, too.
4. Gulf Coast Grouper & Chips, Naples
This one is probably obvious -- because the grouper is right in the name. Obviously, the fish and chips is the most popular choice, but you can't go wrong adding a bun.
5. Frency's Cafe, Clearwater
Of course, we couldn't make this list without mentioning Frenchy's Super Grouper. It's a large part of why this tiny restaurant has made a big splash for 35 years. Fried grouper might be the classic choice, but do yourself a favor and try the Cajun grilled version, too.
6. Lee Be Fish, Marco Island
This is yet another little hidden gem with no frills and the freshest catch around.
7. Peg Leg Pete's, Pensacola Beach
Okay, so maybe a pirate-themed restaurant is a little touristy. Does that mean it can't be awesome? It can be a challenge to dine out when you have kids, but Peg Leg's is super family friendly, with lots to see and do while you wait.
8. Dry Dock Waterfront Grill, Longboat Key
The fresh, flaky grouper here is only matched by the view of Sarasota Bay. Whether you order it blackened or fried, you can't go wrong.
9. Schooners, Panama City Beach
If you're in the area, and you're searching for a laid-back spot with an incredible view and the best grouper sandwich in town, head to Schooners.
10. The Boardwalk Grill, Madeira Beach
The place may be small and unassuming compared to other nearby options, but don't pass it by, because this is the best grouper around.