Ten Best Seafood Restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties
With 1,350 miles of ocean coastline and 8,436 miles of tidal coastline, which includes tidal estuaries, bays, and other bodies of water affected by pull of the moon, our fare peninsular has twice as much shoreline as any other state in the contiguous U.S.
With all that surrounding water, it should come as no surprise that seafood is a major part of most Floridian's diets -- or, at least, it should be.
Even so, finding a fresh piece of fish, straight-out-of-the-water stone crabs, live lobster, or sweet local shrimp, is not always the easiest task; much of the seafood food is frozen or imported from who-knows-where.
However, with a shift in dietary habits and a newfound consciousness of local and sustainably sourced products, good seafood restaurants in South Florida have grown.
From old school raw bars to casual fish spots to high-end concepts with oysters from all over the world, we picked the ten best seafood restaurants in Broward and Palm Beach Counties.
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There's something about a raw bar that has been around for ages, and has changed absolutely nothing. This waterfront Fort Lauderdale spot has been shucking and serving oysters to eager locals and tourists for more than 40 years -- and its still just as busy as ever. The spot has earned New Times' pick for Best Raw Bar more than four occasions. While the place is best known for its namesake items like oysters, clams, and Old Bay shrimp, it also serves up a wide selection of delicious cooked items, such as dolphin, New England clam chowder, and some of the best conch chowder you can find on this side of the Gulf Stream. If passed the test of generations, it's good enough for us.
Tarks has been a Dania institution since 1966, and the folks know local seafood as well as anyone in the business. The blue- and white-painted seafood counter is like a time-warp when you walk-in; a little slice of old Florida heaven. Take a seat at the counter -- that and a few tables out front are your only options -- and you're sure to go elbow-to-elbow with tattooed bikers and leather-skinned laborers, all enjoying Tarks' cheap beer, tasty bivalves, and delicious dive favorites like chicken wings and buffalo shrimp. Look, this isn't the seafood restaurant you take a date to with the intention of creating a good first impression; but if he or she likes it, you know you have yourself a keeper.
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