By: Marsha Fottler | Sarasota Magazine | Published on: December 14, 2015
Whether it’s Old Florida funky or seafood supreme, we have the restaurant for you.
“I want Old Florida casual—but with good food.”
Who doesn’t want a place where you can wear flip-flops, see squadrons of pelicans flying above sparkling blue water and order something simple, local and fresh? The Seafood Shack, a big, lively bar, grill and marina, is right on the Intracoastal Waterway at Marker 49 in the historic little fishing village of Cortez. It’s been serving uncomplicated seafood dishes for 44 years to tourists and loyal locals. New owners have just completed a huge renovation, a lot of it behind the scenes, that’s made it even better, right down to the funky mermaid art and fish nets in the dining room.
The extensive menu includes a grouper Reuben sandwich (market price), onion-crusted salmon ($19), beer-battered cod fish ’n’ chips ($16), oysters offered several ways, classic burger ($9), shrimp and grits ($18), salads and all sorts of sides, from collards to pineapple coleslaw. And if you’ve been out fishing with one of their four preferred charter fishing companies and you reel in the big one, they’ll even grill it up for you on the spot. (You’ve got to clean and fillet your catch first.) Breakfast, lunch and dinner—and, yes, you can come by boat. 4110 127th St. W., Cortez. (941) 794-1235.
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