Gone Fishin'

Five Great Grouper Sandwiches

We made it our mission to find the best in town.

By Eat Beat Team June 19, 2017

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Star Fish Company's casual, waterfront dining is part of its appeal.

Image: Chad Spencer

Is there anything more quintessentially Sarasota than a grouper sandwich on a perfect sunny day? We don’t think so—so we made it our mission to find the best one in town. Here are the results.

Star Fish Company Market

This tiny Cortez restaurant has made the national news, and there’s good reason for that: The grouper sandwich here was insanely fresh, simply grilled and served no-frills style in an unassuming white box.

Dry Dock Restaurant

Just what you want in a grouper sandwich: a thick, flaky grouper fillet, blackened and served on a soft roll with a side of French fries. The kicker, though? The intensely flavorful sweet chili cilantro sauce that came on the side. Don’t miss it.

Phillippi Creek Oyster Bar

Yup, we were a little shocked ourselves, but this was by far the fanciest grouper sandwich of the bunch, served blackened and topped with Key lime mustard, avocado and fresh lettuce and tomato.

Walt's Fish Market

There’s nothing worse than a paper-thin piece of fish on your sandwich, is there? Luckily, you won’t have to worry about that at Walt’s, where the friendly staff will serve you a fresh piece of fish that’s thick and flaky—just what you think of when you hear the words “grouper sandwich.”

The Sandbar

We all raved about the blackening seasoning on The Sandbar’s grouper sandwich—it stood out from the first bite, but didn’t overpower the flavor of the fresh fish and was mild enough for kids to enjoy, too. Bonus? The view of the sparkling Gulf of Mexico as our backdrop.

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