Star Fish a true gem and a GREAT grouper sandwich

Reopening in October and I can’t wait!

Years ago Sean Murphy of Beach Bistro and eat here fame introduced me to what old Florida is really about- fishing. In the little enclave known as Cortez Village lives a little gem with outdoor picnic tables and one heck of a good fresh grouper sandwich.

On a recent visit with a friend who first discovered the conch fritters after a diving instruction, the fresh grouper sandwich with homemade tartar sauce was exactly as I remembered. Fresh off the boat, delicious roll and the smell of fresh water and the view of pelicans diving in hopes that jumping fish will make it to their dinner table.

Star Fish Company is quintessential holes in the wall- make that whole in the dock- bring cash, no credit cards here and worth the drive out for the freshest grouper I know. The Conch fritters are addictive and the coleslaw just darn delicious. I am not a fan of their fried food,( in which my cholesterol is grateful) other than the soft shell crab sandwich, but the fresh fish, peel and eat shrimp and cheesy grits are incredible.

12306 46th Street W. Cortez Village

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