Southern Seafood Market and Café is a hidden little gem we recently discovered on South Westshore Blvd in South Tampa. Southern Seafood Market might look like a modest, small spot in a strip mall, but they really hit a homerun with fresh seafood and personal friendly down-home service.
They also have a program where you pre-order a meal and they will do all of the shopping for you! A few days notice and they will have all of the items needed for that unique seafood entrée, complete with side dishes. Cool concept huh?
While they seem to be a seafood market first, they do have a small grill in the back of the place. This is where we stopped for a small bite on a warm Saturday afternoon. We were greeted warmly by the two women behind the counter and they were very friendly and open to offer some suggestions. Seating is very limited inside with only 4 or 5 stools at the small counter, but there are a few more tables outside. Ordering was easy and they even split our sandwich and fries for us, so no fighting over the bigger piece.
Shrimp ‘Po Boy – Fresh Gulf Shrimp, seasoned and grilled, served with lettuce, tomato and remoulade sauce on a fresh French roll. WOW! This was probably some of the BEST shrimp we’ve had in a while. They were on the ‘jumbo’ size and cooked perfectly. The seasoning had a slight kick, just enough. Fries were freshly made and crisp.
The small behind the counter kitchen is fun to watch and chat with cook. The seafood was really fresh and they really know how to prepare it a lot better than we could at home. Prices are not at ‘fast-food’ levels, but most plates are $10-$12 and worth every penny.
Southern seafood is located at 3343 S Westshore Blvd, Tampa, FL 33629