Great Eats

by Scott Colson

A great vacation always goes hand in hand with a fantastic gastronomic feast. The Forgotten Coast, comprised of Apalachicola, St. George Island and Eastpoint, offers a selection of local cuisine to work up the appetite. The main source of revenue is the seafood industry so you’ll definitely be delighted with the wide array of fresh seafood such as oysters, shrimps, clams, crabs, scallops and fish.  

In St. George Island, the Blue Parrot serves the largest Po-boy, a submarine sandwich consisting of meat or seafood and also offers salads, burgers and steaks. This restaurant has an ocean front location so you’ll surely have a good dining experience with the open air ambience and view of the beach. Besides Blue Parrot, Eddy Teach’s Raw Bar is one of the best hangout places for best and cheap oysters, ice cold beer, and largest selection of draft beer in the area. Another option for breakfast or lunch is New Paradise Café, serving seafood and a variety of dishes. If you’re looking for the usual fast food, BJ’s Pizza and Subs and Aunt Ebby’s Island Deli & Ice Cream will cater to your taste buds. Hit Harry A’s at night to meet acquaintances; it is the island’s oldest tavern and is a full bar and venue for musical entertainment. 

For other restaurant options, drive to nearby Apalachicola and eat at the Gibson Inn, Indian Pass Raw Bar, Boss Oyster or the Apalachicola Grill. If you want to cool off from the heat, head to Old Time Soda Fountain for some malt or float with ice cream. And don’t forget, some seafood dealers and retailers can sell you local seafood so your family and friends can sample them back home.