Reclaiming Old Florida, Stiltsville FishBar feels more like the seafood shacks along Highway 30A in the Panhandle or U.S. 1 in the Keys. Chef partner Jeff McInnis grew up in the former region and longed to recreate a bit of that rustic charm in Sunset Harbour. Share peel ’n’ eat royal red shrimp, which come by the half pound or pound to dunk in the house’s homemade cocktail sauce and “boggy bayou” aioli. Other regional throwbacks are coconut shrimp and smoked fish dip with house pickles and saltine crackers. Fruity, rum-based drinks are equally nostalgic, such as the Hurricane Betsy with pear and vanilla notes, or Bikini Club sweetened with passion fruit. Local catch of the day, the star here, even impresses native salty dogs.
1787 Purdy Avenue; 786.353.0477; stiltsvillefishbar.com