Biz Bites

Biz Bites: Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

Fish favorites in a charming creekside location.

By Hannah Wallace December 8, 2016 Published in the November-December 2016 issue of Sarasota Magazine

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Calypso salmon salad


Image: Alex Stafford

The Place 

This charming, weathered fish house right on the water offers ample seating at wooden tables in the window-lined dining rooms and outside overlooking the docks. Tables topped with paper towel dispensers and a decorating scheme heavy on nautical bric-a-brac make for a laid-back feel, which complements the calm creek view, where you might spot see manatees milling about.

the people

Locals on lunch dates; vacationing families soaking up an Old Florida experience.

Time Factor 

The Creek can get hopping, especially in season, so budget at least an hour to kick back and enjoy yourself.

The Food

The big menu features all of your seafood favorites, of course, like fish and chips, crab cakes and grouper sandwiches, plus the oyster bar’s requisite oysters on the half shell. But the Creek also ups the ante with more creative fare like a Calypso salmon salad with chickpeas and plantains, or the Maui seafood stir fry served over jasmine rice. Keep an eye out for innovative seasonal specials, too.


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