Breaking bread is a bonding experience, encouraging new friendships while testing the strength of communal sledgehammers. Swing into sustenance with today's Groupon: for $17, you get $35 worth of seafood at Beachside Seafood in Jacksonville Beach.
The cooks at locally owned Beachside Seafood sear fresh catches from their own market for nimble waiters to deliver to an open-air patio dining area. On the menu, shellfish such as crab, shrimp, and mussels mingle with corn and potatoes under a sprinkle of seasoning in the steamer pot ($29.99), and chefs can grill, blacken, or play catch with fresh slabs of sushi-grade yellow fin tuna ($16.99) depending on diners’ desires. Forks invade the captain's platter, piercing clam strips and fried fish, while holding bits of deviled crab, scallops, and calamari as ransom in exchange for a bite of fellow diner's fare ($26.99). Fingers wrap around hand-held options, such as a shrimp burger piled with bacon and cheese, or the cheesesteak sandwich ($5.99 for 6"; $7.99 for 12"), which comes on an amoroso roll with a side of floaties for landlubbers.
Beachside Seafood Restaurant
Directly below Beachside Seafood Restaurant's dining room, you will find the restaurant's in-house market. Here, chefs browse through the stock of locally caught seafood, picking out premium fillets of fish and shellfish and kindly directing lost scuba divers back to their hotels. After carrying their fresh purchases back up to the kitchen, chefs fire up stoves to fry baskets of their renowned mayport shrimp, steam lobster tails, and stack sandwiches with grilled mahi.
Once assembled, the staff carries dishes to the alfresco dining area, where playful nautical decor hangs out on the walls. On the covered upstairs deck, sunlight streams onto wooden floors that support rows of picnic tables. This scene backdrops guests sipping from frosty mugs of beer with the aroma of fried seafood wafting through the air, reminding diners of childhood vacations spent in Atlantis.