Yesterday evening we took a drive down to the coast to Spring Creek Restaurant. Steve and Charlotte had discovered it one Saturday afternoon and had raved about the seafood. Southern Living then profiled it in the August 2009 issue and after reading their article I wanted to go there.
The restaurant is cleverly located in an unassuming building in Spring Creek, Florida. To get there you take a right on FL 367 where it splits on your way to Shell Point. There is not much to the Spring Creek aside from some cinder block homes, a camp ground and the restaurant.
Upon entering the restuarant we were immediately seated. It was a little before 5 and there were only 2 other occupies tables. The decor was Old Florida and felt like it had not been updated since the late 1970’s. Rather than being a negative it gave the place charm.
The waitress took our drink order and promptly served us. For my meal I got a combo of fried shrimp and oysters. The meal also came with a salad and baked potato.
Instead of serving individual salads they brought us a large bowl with iceberg lettuce wedges, tomatoes, onions, scallions and other garnishes. There was once choice of dressing, ranch, and it was in a wine bottle in the middle of the table. While we enjoyed the salad and some bread Mason happily snacked on green onions. I think he ate 4 or 5 of them including the white part at the bottom.
The meal came a few moments when we were done with the salad. My food was piping hot and delicious. The seafood was very fresh and perfectly cooked. The oysters were plump and the shrimp tasted like the Gulf. Steve let me try some of his mullet, which I had never had. It was a mild white fish and I enjoyed it.
Everyone enjoyed their meals (including Mason who ate an entire kid’s shrimp dinner with cheese grits) and it was hard to stay awake on the ride home since we were all full. I am glad we made the trip to Spring Creek Restaurant. I loved the place, think it has some of the best seafood in North Florida and will definitely be back.
Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: A (Bonus for authentic Old Florida feel)