7/13/2018: Nation Fry Day
A day that will forever be remembered throughout this great nation, and right here along Florida’s Gulf Coast, as having been loaded with the sights, smells, and tastes of a thousand-thousand different and exotic starches. The smell of back-country peanut oils and decadent duck fats wafted through the night sky and tickled out nostrils playfully, beckoning us to the nearest purveyor of fine local fries. We let our sniffers do the walking and found ourselves eye-to-eye with Veronica’s Fish and Oyster Bar (@veronicasfishandoyster, veronicasfishandoyster.com).
Drum-roll please… we ate their french fries. The “Veronica Fries”- hand cut and served with malt vinegar aioli- to be exact. Crunchy on the outside, salty and light on the inside, and the malt vinegar aioli was truly sauce-sational (see what we did there??). A delicious fry, but can you really go wrong? We seized the night with one mission in mind: explore Sarasota’s premier french fry scene on this FRY-YAY. And, guess what? Mission accomplished.
The rest of their menu, which was full of raw bar and seafood specialties like Tuna Poke, Snapper and Scallop ceviche, and Crispy Oyster Antipasto Salad, sounded fabulous. We will definitely be returning in the near future. Watch out oysters; we’re comin’ for ya next!
Among a sea of fish camps and markets, waterfront bars, seaside restaurants, and wharf shanties that sell delicious fish tacos, it can be a real chore, and an expensive learning experience, to sort the delicious from the mundane (but we’ll gladly do the research)- the kingfisher from the guppies- when it comes to local fish spots. We are pleased to report that Walt’s Fish Market and Restaurant delivered a strong performance and did not disappoint! For starters, we were treated to complimentary smoked fish spread (some of the best we’ve had locally), and we opted for a lobster bisque and conch chowder as a first course. The bisque was flavorful and familiar with small, but ample, pieces of lobster, while the chowder was spiced and peppery with a rich and flavorful tomato base, and packed to the gills with conch. All delicious. We tried the fried grouper Reuben and the blackened mullet. The blackened spices were fantastic! We liked the laid back old Florida tiki-hit style ambiance of Walt’s that made us feel like we were on the beach, despite it’s shopping center location.
I think one of our favorite things about moving to the Gulf coast is having such a fresh array of seafood to choose from no matter where we go. On to further research! To read more about Walt’s, check out their website: http://www.waltsfishmarketrestaurant.com/