Below is a partial list of places we have tried and are comfortable sharing our reviews.
IHOP – Buffet and table service. Go early on weekends.
Donut Hole – Our favorite. Not just donuts, but full breakfasts. The food is made to order. The Boston Creme donuts sell out before 9am. We’ve never gotten to enjoy one. Also, in the summertime, it gets crowded, so go early unless you don’t mind the wait.
Neighborhood Cafe – Love this place. It’s a bit inland, but not too far. It’s only open until 2pm. Breakfast is 6-11 am and they serve as simple a dish as grits to Monte Cristo sandwiches. Lunch offerings range from chicken sandwiches to fried fish baskets to burgers, reubens, french dip and everything in between. The food is consistent and delicious.
You can’t be picky enough for seafood, especially when it is caught locally. Believe me, there are places that can ruin something as simple as boiled or fried shrimp. Below is a list of our “Go to” places.
Stewby’s Seafood Shanty Just as the name says, it is a shanty, not fancy. You can wear whatever you want because people aren’t going to look at you, they will be experiencing fried fish nirvana. Seriously.
High Tide Restaurant This is the place we go to for fresh shucked oysters. They are Apalachicola farm raised oysters; so fresh you can still taste the sea. Good dishes, reasonable if you order just the sandwiches such as grouper, soft shell crab, and mahi mahi.
Dewey Destin”s We love to sit outside and view the harbor while enjoying a fried grouper sandwich and home made key lime pie. It is VERY casual. If you opt to sit outside, you will get the full harbor view. This harbor is very good for walking after dinner.
Marina Cafe This place is an evening destination, very upscale for the area along with the prices. However, the food and service is good. We’ve had outstanding filet mignon, fancy scallops, ahi tuna, grilled fish tacos, caesar salad, hearts of romaine wedge with blue cheese, etc., hand tossed Margherita pizza, and some kind of decadent dessert. Their food is mostly grilled and will prepare food your way if you ask.
Ali’s Bistro This place was a pleasant surprise. The owners are present and greet the guests. Their menu is mostly Italian. We had veal marsala, fettucini alfredo, greek salad, and chicken piccata. The portions are big enough for two people. They serve beer and wine. The prices aren’t bad. It’s a dressy casual place.
I keep a list of places to try on Yelp.com. If you want some suggestions from that list, drop me a line.