Great lunch today at the Starfish Restaurant in Cortez Village. This place never fails to impress — always fresh and delicious. Wonderful atmosphere too – Old Florida at its finest. There was a big crowd on hand today. We kind of expected a brief wait because it is, after all, snowbird season here in the Sunshine State.
The kids split an order of fried calamari, which was obviously fresh and quite tender. Not the previously frozen, chewy rubberbands you get at most of the local tourist traps. The Cortez Fish Chowder (pictured below) was amazing … as always. Just loaded with massive chunks of freshly caught sea creatures. The fried oysters (seen above) were about as perfect as they come. Crispy, meaty, and super flavorful!
The fried mullet platter (pictured below) was also first rate. The mullet is not an expensive fish, but it tastes great (smoked or fried) when cooked by folks who know what they’re doing. The accompanying hush puppies were laced with real onion bits and the tartar sauce was obviously a homemade concoction. Please give this rustic dive a try — you will love it. It is one of our favorite coastal seafood joints in SW FL along with the Rod and Reel Pier on nearby Anna Maria Island.