Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay.

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2013/04/28 19:32:44 (permalink)

Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay.

Just east of Panama City,Fl and Tyndall Air Force Base is an area known as "Florida's Forgotten Coast" . Wrapping around Apalachicola Bay and containing beautiful old fishing villages and sugar white beaches. Quaint places like Mexico Beach,Port St.Joe,Indian Pass,Apalachicola,and Carabelle. On a working trip this past week the wife and I had time Saturday to venture out looking for some good oysters and ice cold beer. We found both.
We hit a couple of classic raw bars and had a great afternoon. First stop was Indian Pass Raw Bar. Have you ever been roadfooding and thought maybe you were going to run out of road before you reached what you were searching for? Perfect example here although it was an incredibly beautiful drive as Highway 98 and 30A both are usually only yards from the water.  This old building was originally a supply store for the turpentine business in the area.

 
Upon entering its serve yourself from the well stocked drink boxes. If you want draft simply walk behind the counter and draw it yourself. Grab a seat and a waitress will find you. The menu is very simple,mainly raw,steamed,and baked oysters by the dozen. excellent steamed shrimp,and even hot dogs and burgers for the kids. The oysters were on the small side but very fresh. House made cocktail sauce and a good variety of hot sauces on the table along with Saltine crackers by the box.

Baked with a parmesan/cracker mixture. Very good...

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    chickenplucker
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 19:44:55 (permalink)
    The steamed shrimp were some of the best I have ever tasted.

     
     
    A few pics of the dining and bar area
    


    And my favorite shot.

    The end of the road. Indian Pass,FL

     
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 19:59:19 (permalink)
    Next stop is Up The Creek Raw Bar right on the water in Apalachicola. http://www.upthecreekrawbar.com/index.cfm/m/2/dn/Menu/
    They have a pretty varied menu but we were on oyster hunt. We had standard raw, steamed Mediterranean style which were covered with an Olive,Garlic,and Caper Tepenade. Very different but very flavorful. The raw oysters here were easily 3 times the size of the ones at our previous stop. Very fresh,VERY GOOD and SOOO filling . We also ordered a house specialty. Smoked Yellowfin Tuna Dip. Oh my was it good. I could have made a meal off it alone. The raw bar is upstairs in this waterfront building but has an elevator as well as stairs.

    Order at the Bar.

    Take a seat overlooking the Bay.

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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 20:02:15 (permalink)
    And in just a few minutes you are rewarded.



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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 20:02:32 (permalink)
    Good stuff Chickenplucker.  Keep 'em coming.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 20:16:16 (permalink)
    By this time we were stuffed so we head back to Panama City for one more brief stop. Dusty's is a local legend and it is hard for the tourists to squeeze in for all the locals. Its a dive bar and proud of it. There is outside seating front and back. A small bar that you can eat at but its mostly high top tables and you may be sitting with anyone in the world. The prime spots however are 8 stools in front of the shuckers bar and when I say shuckers I mean 2 time world champion oysters shucker. These guys are amazing and will entertain you with their skills but also with their jokes. Off color mostly so be ready...
    http://www.facebook.com/pages/Dustys-Oyster-Bar/117669928258426
    World Champion Shucker goes by Scotty.
     
     

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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 20:22:33 (permalink)

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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 21:02:07 (permalink)
    Nice stuff chickenplucker!
     
    I've had Apalachicola Oysters, I enjoyed them very much.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 21:49:05 (permalink)
    Great places........GREAT food!  It's been..........DAMN .........40 years since I went through there, but still remember some great food and fun folks!
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 22:00:30 (permalink)
    Great report, chickenplucker. When I was in AL in 2010, due to the oil spill the only oysters they could get were from Apalachicola. I remember them being delicious, and swore that some day when I'm back in AL, I would take a trip to Apalachicola. thanks for the great review!
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/28 22:28:22 (permalink)
    Lived in P'cola for 16 years and made a good number of trips over to "The Elbow".
    If you enjoy the simple life, Life does not get any better than being engulfed (Pun Intended) in the life style of that region. It takes you back to a simpler time when eating oysters while watching the sun go down into the Gulf was the highlight of your day. I miss it. 
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/29 12:41:00 (permalink)
    Thanks for the report...going to go to that area soon...appreciate the super photos.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/29 13:48:57 (permalink)
    Ohhhhhh you're killin' me! I'm not too much of a screen salivating type, but this got me.
     
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/29 19:13:47 (permalink)
    Thanks for the positive thoughts folks. After looking at the pics again I am ready to go back SOON.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/29 19:49:07 (permalink)
    Great report! Those oysters look so good!
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/04/29 20:43:36 (permalink)
    Oysters are darned near my favourite food and this post has given me a few reasons to visit that area. Thanks chickenplucker! Great report!
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/05/28 11:50:15 (permalink)
    We make the trip down to Apalachicola/St. George Island from MN every March.  Beautiful and fascinating area.
    A couple recommendations for future Roadfooders headed that way, both food and non-food:
    - Apalachicola National Estuarine Research Reserve.  Learn why Apalachicola Bay is one of the world's premier oyster aquacultures.
    - Boss Oyster Co. (in Apalachicola)  For my money, the best oysters in the area and just a neat place to relax and have a meal.
    - The Beach Pit (in Eastpoint)  New place, but they do a good job with the added wrinkle of BBQ.
    - 13 Mile Seafood Co (in Apalachicola)   Read about it:  www.13milebrand.com   For your "cooking at home" needs.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/05/28 13:16:24 (permalink)
    Great report! I've lived all over Florida and that would be the area I'd hang up my hammock if I ever get out of here. When I lived in Atlanta my girlfriend was Tom Landry's niece and she had a place down there. She once flew me from Atlanta to Dog Island (south of Carabelle) in her 172. Again, great report....for me, I never touch them with a cracker. Just suck 'em off the shell. I ate 84 one night at the Acme in NOLA.
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/05/28 14:17:44 (permalink)
    Gee...uss ... don't tell everyone about this.   Pretty soon the locals wont even be able to get stool and the prices will double.
     
    Oh well, back to sittin on 5 gal bucket and pickin the oysters up out of the water or straight from the boat; and a cooler full of beer
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/05/28 16:32:49 (permalink)
    Great stuff, chickenplucker, keep travelling and reporting, please!
     
    Time to own up, though -- come on now, tell the truth, have you ever plucked a chicken?  (Coming from Georgia, you might have.)
     
    I've plucked a few, as a kid, but my main job at the family project on the farm was to catch them, run them down and bring them to the adult with the hatchet and the tree stump -- off with their heads!
     
    Then after bleeding out they were headed to the big pot of boiling water, after which the plucking took place.
     
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    Re:Florida's Forgotten Coast and Apalachicola Bay. 2013/05/28 22:31:01 (permalink)
    I plucked a few when I was a kid. My best friends parents had a huge fenced in area with a large coop in the center. Chickens,Ducks,and Geese. We used to run around in it barefooted terrorizing the Geese. Then draw water from an old well to wash the gunk out from between our toes. I miss those days...
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