First, we’d like to say a word about Port St. Joe, the town in which Cone Heads is located. There’s a small town feel that made us feel relaxed and welcome at the same time. One stroll though the downtown area, lined with locally owned shops, galleries, and restaurants, was enough to help us realize why people are so glad to call this area home. It’s quaint, quiet, and easily walkable. The marina has long been a hub for boating in Port St. Joe and its proximity is the reason the seafood is so fresh and plentiful.
Although the area was damaged during Hurricane Michael in the fall of 2018, it is currently being repaired (and upgraded). We fell in love with the area and found an awful lot to like about Cone Heads, not the least of which is the fact that it is uniquely located between the Gulf of Mexico and St. Joseph’s Bay on Cape San Blas. The food is homey, plentiful, and quite delicious.
Here are some of our favorites:
South of Border Oysters
Words are insufficient to describe the melody of flavors that meld together in this dish. It includes baked oysters, topped with parmesan, drizzled butter, jalapenos, Pepper Jack cheese, bacon, and garlic powder. They’re listed on Cone Head’s menu as an appetizer, which works well as long as nobody takes more than their fair share, but can easily make a delicous meal.
If anyone in your party tends to dislike oysters, we suspect it’s because they’ve never tried 30E Rockefeller, baked oysters topped with spinach Florentine, bacon, parmesan cheese and garlic powder.
Surf and Turf Burger
It may be the Midwesterner in us, be we were in awe of the half-pound burger with pepper jack cheese and fresh, local Gulf Shrimp. The entire concoction was topped with homemade sriracha aioli sauce that was delicious enough to make our mouths water.
This plate was listed as an entrée, but frankly, it is a mountain of food. It consists of a Basa filet, locally-caught shrimp, Bay scallops, and oysters – all fried to perfection. Again, it’s quite the meal.
When someone in your party is a vegetarian or you’ve simply had your fill of meat, may we suggest the Veggie Pizza, a dish that includes tomatoes, onions, broccoli, cauliflower, and zucchini. Let’s face it: even if someone isn’t crazy about veggies, everything tastes better on a pizza.
We could go back to Cone Head dozens of times and never finish trying the entire menu. If you’re with friends and family, sharing is essential. This due to the plentiful menu options producing an inevitable case of diner envy if everyone decides to hoard their own food. On the other hand, diner envy is the sign of a good restaurant.
While it’s not always on the menu, make it point to ask about the Forever Summer Salad if you’re craving something fresh, cool, and clean. It is made with arugula, watermelon, almonds, and feta cheese. What we like about it is how perfect it is for a hot day when you want to feel satisfied but not stuffed.