A lot of restaurants claim to have fresh seafood, but City Seafood backs up that claim with its own fishing and crabbing boats, which pluck marine cuisine from nearby waters and deposit it on diners’ plates. The restaurant’s location in the Everglades helps provide its menu of sea fare, which includes oysters, grouper, clams, Gulf shrimp, and Florida lobster tails specially shaped to resemble the Sunshine State’s panhandle. After dining inside or on the Barron River–adjacent patio, diners can pick up raw seafood to take home at the onsite seafood market.
Though San Marco is near the water, Captain Brien still insists on having fresh fish flown in every day. That’s because Captain Brien’s Seafood & Raw Bar is an homage to his Massachusetts origins and New England's culinary traditions. Each day, the captain and his crew survey the fresh catches arriving from New England fishing fleets, hand selecting the lobster, snow crab, and scallops used to make their signature dishes.
Tiki torches cast a flickering light across The Real Macaw's outdoor patio, where guests divide their attention between plates of Caribbean cuisine and picturesque views of the nearby waterfall. Named for the real macaw parrot whose occasional squawks add a colorful soundtrack to each meal, the restaurant has earned local renown for its fusion of Floridian ingredients and Caribbean flavors. This fusion is fully apparent in the macadamia-nut-encrusted goat-cheese salad, which culls its featured ingredient from the Turtle Creek dairy farm in Palm Beach county. Other exemplary dishes include Trinidadian-style crab cakes, wild salmon roasted over cedar wood, and salsas brimming with tropical fruits. On certain nights, the percussive sounds of alligators chomping on roasted duckling join with live music to drown out the parrot’s incessant requests to not allow alligators in the restaurant.
When John Ritter thinks back to 1948, he can almost taste the frozen treats he churned out during his after-school job at the local ice-cream parlor. Now, after a 35-year career as a film animator, he helps others to enjoy similarly sweet memories at Ritter's Frozen Custard. Here, friendly staffers handcraft each batch of frozen custard, an ultrapremium ice cream as smooth as a jazz record dipped in chocolate. At the counter, guests can sample the flavors of the day, which range from tart blueberry to gooey, crunchy mocha-almond fudge. Scoops of classic vanilla—along with more than 25 toppings—fill specialty creations such as brownie sundaes, hand-dipped malts, and freezer-ready ice-cream sandwiches.
For more than a decade, Pelican Larry’s has sizzled and slurped freshly caught fare amid lively music and entertainment. Pelican Larry’s menu makes a salivary splash with savory salads, sandwiches, and stomach quenchers served fresh from the sea. Salty scents and crunchy breading inundate the tongue in every bite of raw, steamed, still swimming, or flaky fried fish. Steer jaw jets into a platter of a dozen steamed clams ($10.95) or a half-pound of steamed shrimp ($8.95), or immerse incisors in a jerk chicken salad ($9.95) or pineapple salsa-topped mahi tacos ($11.95). DJs provide entertainment on weekend evenings starting at 10 p.m., while live music resonates through the Davis Boulevard location after 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, shining a bright beam into the ear tunnels of auditory adventurers.