Tropical Trader Shrimp Company in Panacea Florida

I know I shouldn't complain about the weather.  I know some folks have it worse with snow and temperatures lower than 40 in the evenings.  But lately, it just hasn't been good weather to ride for lunch here in North Florida.  High winds make for a wind chill factor that isn't pleasant and of course, there is that pesky pollen coating everything in yellow gunk.

Fortunately yesterday (Sunday) rolled around and offered us highs in the 70's and cloudy skies so we rode toward the coast.  Great weather yesterday as now it's chilly again.
Anyway........Tropical Trader Shrimp Company has been on our list of new places to try so that's where we went.


Even though Tropical Trader's specialty is shrimp, I had to try the grouper sandwich.  It was very good.  Excellent quality and a large piece of fish.  Doug's cheese grits are better but these were good too.  Next time I will try the Greek potatoes or just order a bunch of appetizers.  So much to try on their menu!

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Among the items I want to try on a future trip are steamed shrimp "you peel 'em" at $14 for a pound, Pepper Jack Shrimp which is fresh Gulf shrimp stuffed with pepper jack cheese, wrapped in bacon and grilled and also the Shrimp Kabobs marinated in pineapple margarita served and served with grilled pineapple.  There are so many other choices but these caught my eye.

Doug looking happy because he was able to ride and he's getting grouper  😎😎😎


This is a puffer fish.  He was in the aquarium near our table.  I've never seen one before and he reminded me of an aquatic pug.  Look at the buggy eyes.  A barmaid told me if he gets agitated he blows up, puffs up is the better term I suppose.


Here are the cloudy skies I was mentioning. Nothing too threatening.


This is my view from the back.  I like going over bridges and looking at the water.  We did end up running through a little bit of rain but we didn't get soaked.


This is taken on the bridge heading back over the Ochlockonee Bridge.  It would be great to live in one of those condos on the water.  I would just sit and stare at the water.  And eat lots of seafood. And read and nap in the afternoons.  Ahhhh.......retirement dreams.


I am sharing this with Beth Fish's Weekend Cooking Series


Vicki said...

I'm not a seafood fan but I do enjoy fried shrimp, and fish once in a while.

I love trying new restaurants and taking trips to the water, so this sounds like a perfect day!

Tina said...

It was fun, Vicki. Yes, I know you don't like seafood or alcohol :-) and this menu featured land lover type meals too. Cheeseburgers and such.

Beth F said...

Looks like a great day -- I feel so home bound lately: snow or rain or work. I could use some time at the coast.

Judee Algazi said...

The wind in Florida has been wicked and it's been cooler. Glad you got a day out and enjoyed

Katherine P said...

What a fun day! I don't eat seafood very often but I've enjoyed the grouper sandwiches I've had - especially when it's very fresh. I don't think I've ever seen a puffer fish either and I like the pug comparison!

I'm really hoping to at least make some progress on some of the series I've started like Louise Penny, Tana French, and Alan Bradley. I'm bad about finally reading the first one and then neglecting the rest!

jama said...

Looks like a fun and delicious day. Yum, seafood!

Jackie Mc Guinness said...

Any fish and I'm happy! But John and I have different tastes in fish but I am trying to eat it at home more often.

Sue Jackson said...

Yum! That looks so good! It's such fun trying new restaurants - my post today was about that, too (found you through Weekend Cooking).

And, no, you Floridians are now allowed to complain about the weather - here in the Mid-Atlantic, we've had FOUR big snowstorms in March...and they say there is more snow coming on APRIL! Pretty fed up here - Florida is looking very good!

Thanks for sharing!


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Claudia said...

I love that name, Panacea, Fl., even though it isn't always :) What a fun ride with great food to top everything off!

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