Florida November 12, 2017
There’s A Small Town In Florida Known For Its Truly Epic Oysters
New York has pizza, Chicago has hot dogs, and Florida has what? Well, we all know Florida has some pretty good seafood, but did you know that our state is home to a town known for harvesting the best oysters in the world?
"He was a bold man that first ate an oyster," said satirist Jonathan Swift. While they might not be everyone's cup of tea, those who enjoy eating oysters usually appreciate them with a special gusto. Heck, they blow right past warnings printed right on menus and guzzle them down raw by the bucketful.
If you're one of those lifelong lovers of these slippery delicacies, you'll be delighted to discover that the best oysters in the world can be found right here in the Sunshine State, in a little fishing town in Northwest Florida called Apalachicola. In fact, this is the only place in the country where oysters are still hand-harvested with tongs from small boats.
We're not just tooting our own horn, here. Apalachicola oysters are famously preferred by the world's greatest chefs and gourmands. If you're an oyster lover, you owe it to yourself to check it out. Not only is the town full of great local places to get fresh oysters, it's also a historic yet down-to-earth village that oozes coastal charm.
If you have never tried Apalachicola oysters, you might want to plan a trip soon. The oyster population has become imperiled lately and has become the center of a feud between Florida and Georgia over water rights and usage. Part of the problem is that Georgia redirects water from the Apalachicola River to quench the thirst of ever-growing cities like Atlanta, but Apalachicola depends on the flow of the river to create the unique habitat responsible for its consistently large, clean-tasting, world-famous oysters.
If you do decide to visit this charming small town, there are plenty of awesome restaurants that focus on the town's source of culinary pride, including Boss Oyster, Up The Creek Raw Bar, and Hole In The Wall Seafood. Give one of these a try, or, even better, try as many places as you can until you find a personal favorite.
Have you ever visited Apalachicola and/or tried Apalachicola oysters? What’s your favorite food that you can only find in the Sunshine State?