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/