Find the Best Grouper on the Gulf

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By Misty Wells

Pinellas County is known as the “Grouper Capital of the World” and many places compete for the title of “The Best Grouper Sandwich.” With so many choices, who really does have the best sandwich? These restaurants get their grouper from local boats and serve the sandwiches fresh to your table.

Here are Sunseeker’s Top 5 grouper sandwich picks in St. Pete/Clearwater:

The “Original” Crabby Bill’s Blackened Grouper

The “Original” Crabby Bill’s Blackened Grouper

ORIGINAL CRABBY BILL’S INDIAN ROCKS BEACH

The Blackened and Blue Grouper Sandwich at this Crabby Bill’s is worth the flight to Florida. The sizable portion, served with slaw, is sure to please. Crabby Bill’s has been the anchor of Indian Rocks Beach for over 30 years and there is good reason, they have amazing food, atmosphere and music. crabbybills.com

FRENCHY’S SALWATER CAFÉ

The Grouper Reuben is an old classic with a Florida twist. The Saltwater Café is the originator of the Grouper Reuben sandwich, served on swirled rye bread and fresh off Frenchy’s own boats right to your table. Clearwater Beach has a few Frenchy’s restaurants but only the Saltwater Café has this new classic. frenchysonline.com

Dockside Dave’s Country Fried Grouper

Dockside Dave’s Country Fried Grouper

DOCKSIDE DAVE’S

The biggest and best fried grouper sandwich can be found at Dockside Dave’s in Madeira Beach.  This Country Fried Grouper Sandwich is light, seasoned to perfection and hangs way over the bun.  Be sure to order a side of their famous Dave’s Super Onion Rings. You will return every time you come to town—guaranteed! docksidedavesgrill.com

PJ’S OYSTER BAR

The Philly Grouper Sandwich is a must try and the only place you can savor it is at PJ’s Oyster Bar on St. Pete Beach. Grouper sautéed with onions, mushrooms and peppers—you will give up your Philly Steak after one bite of this flavorful sandwich. pjsoysterbar.net

HURRICANE SEAFOOD RESTAURANT

The World Famous ½ lb. Fresh Grouper Sandwich is real and located at Hurricane Seafood Restaurant in Pass-A-Grille. This is the biggest grouper sandwich we found and it is tasty. Get it served with Mom’s famous 1945 Crab Cake on the side and you have found heaven. thehurricane.com

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