Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bayou Bills Crab House - Santa Rosa Beach Florida

You can find Bayou Bill's Crab House at 4748 US Hwy 98 W, Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459 - Highway 98 is along one of the main drags that travels East-West and bisects the high-ground between Hogtown Bayou and the Gulf. If you continue west you'll hit Mirimar Beach and then Destin. If you travel east you'll hit the access to Grayton Beach and Seaside. The building is single-story, free standing and looks a bit like a house, with a short front-porch. Parking is in the lot in front and it looked to have plenty to support the larger-than appearing seating capacity.

This seems to be a favorite among locals and a bit off the beaten path, which fits right into what I look for in tourist locations. We came here while enjoying the fall weather and as such, it was only about 30% occupied during the off-season. The interior was extremely nice - not your typical beach-shack - with tons of local fauna represented on the walls and nice wooden planks as sheathing. They also have an awesome salt-water tank with luminescent jellies swimming around - quite beautiful.

Specials were on chalk boards in the entry and they have both pirate(!) and gators scattered about with netting, etc to add to the ambiance. The bar is expansive and tonight quite empty but I can imagine it gets packed on weekends and during tourist season. We ordered a few drinks and I can attest to a mighty fine margarita.

Menu options were your usual mix if seafood with fried and grilled items. I had the blackened fish with a vegetable medley and baked potato and was able to try a few things from the fried platters and crab cakes that others had. I thought everything quite good as was the service. I've put this on my list of places to experience on subsequent visits as the food seemed very fresh and consistent.

-- John 

(also posted to Yelp)
Bayou Bill's Crab House Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato  

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