As our fabulous Seafood Summer winds toward the finish, we've been sampling seafood at some of your favorite every day eateries - seafood spots that serve it straight up and simple - so grab a napkin and tuck in!
Nom nom nom.
Juniors Seafood is on Jacksonville's Northside - 9349 N Main St - just off of I-95 - and completely worth the trip even for this Ponte Vedra foodie.
On the 15th or 30th of the month they offer a 30 piece Shrimp special for $9.99 (pictured is the 20 Piece Fried Shrimp).
Junior's has an extensive menu, great service and good food, prepared simply and served fast.
The place is sparkling clean, and the staff are very friendly and helpful. There are plenty of options for the non-seafood eater - and even the sides and apps are awesome - check out these farm fresh Fried Squash!
Home made desserts look great too!
Another Seafood Summer find is Crab Creek Cafe in Arlington.
One afternoon I was headed to Atlantic Beach when I spotted this gem at Atlantic and Arlington. It certainly takes the prize for kitchy mariner decor!
Reviews on social sites have been mixed, mostly siting slow service. I've only done take out here, and limited my selections to the standard - Broiled Scallops were buttery sweet and cooked perfectly.
The real star of this show (for me, anyway) and the item that will keep me coming back - is their Conch Fritters - some of the best I've ever had!
Hot pillows of dough studded through with large strips of tender and tasty conch - almost more conch than fritter - and served with what seemed like a spicy orange marmalade for dipping.
These are just perfect bite sized seafood stars - look for them on my upcoming Top Apps in Jax list...
Linda's Seafood And More
Seafood restaurants are ubiquitous in Jacksonville. Any cross-town drive is likely to garner at least one sighting.
One we've driven past for a while now but just recently dug in and checked out is Linda's Seafood and More on Lane Avenue in Jacksonville's west side.
Linda's is pretty plain jane - no-frills - no pretense. The food is fresh as it gets, and comes out fast. Pictured is the Fried Basa and Shrimp lunch special ($8.99)
The waitress gets flustered if there are more than four tables of customers, and I have heard her actually snap at diners on more than one occasion!
So why will I go back to Linda's? Fried and fried. Their breaded, fried fish and seafood is great. I'm not likely to try out anything else on the menu. The coleslaw is a cut above the typical seafood shack fare, too. Creamy but crunchy, and not too sweet.
Sam's St Johns Seafood Restaurant
"Fried and fried" and fries rule the day here too. This lunch platter of shrimp and scallops is about as exotic as I want to get when I visit a place like Sam's St Johns on Jacksonville's westside.
Nothing to write home about decor-wise, Sam's is nevertheless a neighborhood standby for the simple seafood loving set. I managed to get there three or four times this summer, and the food and service were always spot on.
These are just a few of the many, many spots you can drop into and grab a simple yet soul-satisfying plate of seafood in Jacksonville.
Enjoy what's left of your Seafood Summer!