Years ago, clients of mine from North Longboat Key reminded me of what Old Florida is really about: fishing. In the little enclave known as Cortez Village lives a gem with outdoor picnic tables and one heck of a good fresh grouper sandwich. It’s called Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant.
On a recent visit with a friend, the fresh grouper sandwich with homemade tartar sauce was exactly as I remembered. Fresh off the boat, served on a delicious roll and accompanied by the smell of fresh water and a view of pelicans swooping by in hopes that nearby jumping fish will make it to their dinner table.
Star Fish Company is a quintessential hole-in-the-wall (make that hole in the dock): Cash only (no credit cards here) and worth the drive out for the freshest grouper I know of in the area. The conch fritters are addictive and the coleslaw is just delicious. I am not a fan of Star Fish’s fried food (for which my cholesteral is grateful), other than the solft shell crab sandwich, but the fresh fish, peel-and-eat shrimp and cheesy grits are incredible.
Star Fish Company Market & Restaurant is located at:
12306 46th Avenue West, Cortez Village.
Their phone number is 941-794-1243