Seafood can be found in every form imaginable when you explore Perdido Key. Many visitors gravitate to the greasy comfort of deep-fried shrimp or oysters, often found in baskets or on huge platters. Others prefer fancier takes on Gulf ingredients.
If you’re in the mood for something truly memorable, however, you’ll want to make a quick stop at Fisherman’s Corner. There, you’ll find a no-frills setting that belies the magic within enticing Cajun-Creole food and what the restaurant’s website refers to as a “classic funky casual New Orleans atmosphere.”
While Fisherman’s Corner is largely marketed as a laid-back restaurant, it’s actually quite a bit fancier than many visitors anticipate. The outside may not be impressive, but the interior is tastefully decorated. One of the biggest surprises upon being seated? The white tablecloths and napkins, which, at first glance, may appear to be at odds with the restaurant’s slightly shack-oriented style. Somehow, it all works, with the eatery coming across as fancy enough for a special occasion but casual enough for a laid-back lunch.
No matter what you make of the setting, you’ll be eager to dig in as you receive a generous serving of Creole-style seafood. Oyster, shrimp, and grouper are among the most popular ingredients here, but you’ll also find burgers, pork chops, and even frog legs.
Ask your server for suggestions for pairing wines. The collection here is impressive, with several varieties available by the glass or bottle. Multiple beer options are also provided, including multiple favorites from the beloved Louisiana brewery Abita.
The appetizers and entrees at Fisherman’s Corner are decidedly filling, but it’s worth your while to order dessert if you can make room. Key lime pie is a must-have in Florida, particularly when it features raspberry drizzle. If one dessert will convince you to set this local favorite aside, however, it’s the bread pudding, which reflects New Orleans tradition with its whiskey sauce.
A few of our favorite menu items include the following:
Named for its roast beef ‘debris’ topping, this appetizer will have you feeling satisfied before you even begin your meal. In addition to roast beef, the fries are topped with bacon crumbles and shredded cheese.
Fried Gumbo Salad
If you like the idea of Louisiana-style gumbo but aren’t in the mood for soup, try this salad instead. Topped with fried oysters, shrimp, and crawfish, it also includes okra and mixed greens. A unique plantation dressing ties it all together to create a salad that, while not exactly healthy, hardly feels like a culinary compromise.
Grilled Cajun Sausage Po’ Boy
Po’ boys can be just as tasty without fish, as this version proves. Featuring grilled Andouille sausage, this PO’ boy is also loaded with sauteed peppers and onions. Jalapeno mustard adds the perfect amount of kick.
Take a taste of classic Creole cuisine with this delicious stew, which centers around crawfish and also includes Andouille rice. One bite, and you’ll feel as if you’ve landed in the heart of New Orleans.
Treat yourself to a burger like no other. This signature meal replaces the typical bun with two grilled cheese sandwiches, which can be used as a vehicle for the restaurant’s standard ground chuck and brisket. That’s not all, however; the burger is topped with fried egg and ham.
If you crave New Orleans cuisine but want to make the most of the Perdido Key atmosphere, you’ll quickly fall in love with Fisherman’s Corner. Head to this Emerald Coast gem for a unique dining experience you won’t find anywhere else.
– Fisherman’s Corner offers online ordering on its website. Don’t be put off by the clunky graphic design; the provided link will take you to the Toast TakeOut app, where you can easily order your favorite dishes.
– Build in a little extra time for parking. The lot can be packed at peak hours, with many visitors complaining that it takes considerable effort to snag a spot.