A few weekends back I was able to go to one of my favorite places – Apalachicola. There is something about the quaint little town and the sight of shrimp and oyster boats on the horizon that draws people to it time and time again. On our trip we had one mission – to eat Florida oysters. Apalachicola is known for their tasty bay oysters. I’ll go out on a limb and call them the best oysters I have ever eaten.
I’ll start with our first stop- Boss Oyster Restaurant, with a sign out front that said “Welcome to Oystertown!” We opted for a dozen steamed oysters and Oyster Monterey, or baked oysters with delicious hand-picked blue crab, sherry and Monterey cheese. Just as we were about to leave, I noticed a lady at a table next to mine had ordered an oyster po’ boy. It looked so delicious and was large enough for about three people to share. Had I not been stuffed from the baked oysters I would have ordered one to go!
I had one last stop to make in Apalachicola. Each year I attend the Florida Seafood Festival the first weekend in November. (For a list of all the seafood festivals in Florida, click here.) Last year I noticed an exhibit from the Apalachicola Sponge Company. Their natural sponges are caught in the Gulf and they are the softest, most luxurious bath sponges. So after a quick stop in their store I was set!
Apalachicola is truly a unique place. There is nowhere else quite like it!