By Hannah Neville
Grayton Seafood Company is located on 30A – just after the four-way intersection that leads to Grayton Beach heading east toward Seaside. Tucked quietly away in the shops of Uptown Grayton, Grayton Seafood Company has been around for nearly four years, according to Kenny Griner the owner, who coined the phrase “Grayt Food and Tall Tails.” The laid back atmosphere boasts a southern-style boathouse feel, and the friendly staff makes for a great place to settle in for a bite to eat, especially for those who are in the mood for some true local seafood. Chase, my fiancé and I, began our dinner with two glasses of Riesling and an order of the crab claws. Let me just say this: Order The Sautéed Crab Claws! As we are both lovers of crab, we were absolutely blown away with the amount of flavor that these crab claws packed! The forward lemon-garlic butter that the meaty claws were marinated in was absolutely mouthwatering! Be sure to order this delicious appetizer when visiting Grayton Seafood!
The service was incredibly fast, and before we knew it, it was time for us to order our entrées. I decided on ordering the daily special: the blackened cobia. The dish featured blackened cobia that was heavily seasoned with creole spices over a Cajun rice pilaf and drizzled with a crawfish cream sauce; the dish also came with a sautéed vegetable medley and was topped with crawfish. Words cannot even describe how fantastic the flavors in this dish are. The cobia was very firm and not fishy at all, the creole seasoning really added extra flavor to the dish, and the rice pilaf paired perfectly to create a Southern Cajun Coastal dish. Hands down, this was honestly one of the best pieces of fish that I have ever tasted. Never fear that you are not getting the freshest fish when dining at Grayton Seafood. Chase decided to go for one of their staple menu items: the Conecuh crusted snapper. The dish featured snapper that was crusted with ground Conecuh sausage and was blended with breadcrumbs to produce an extraordinarily thick, crunchy, and flaky crust. The fish was presented on over bed of garlic-mashed potatoes with a side of grilled asparagus. The food was then lightly coated in a creole cream sauce for extra flavor. The size of this entree was enormous. Chase and I were both shocked at how thoroughly and perfectly coated the breading on the snapper was and by the size of the fish. This is a great entree for anyone looking for a delicious southern fried locally caught snapper.
Of course, regardless how full we both were from our fantastic (and not to mention, very generously sized) entrees, we settled on one order of the bread pudding. The bread pudding contained a warm, dense breading with a whiskey sauce, powdered sugar, and pecans. The desert tasted very sweet and hearty, and was fabulous. Overall, our experience with Grayton Seafood Company was excellent. Our waitress, Sarah, and the owner, Kenny, were extremely kind and quick to assist us. If you are looking for a delicious seafood meal and friendly people, then head to Grayton Seafood Company where you can relax, drink a beer, and enjoy delicious seafood!
Grayton Seafood Company is located at 50 Uptown Grayton Circle, Grayton Beach, FL, 32459. GSC does not take reservations, but for any questions, please contact them at 850-213-3683. You will not want to miss their popular Sunday Brunch. Wear your pajamas and get free mimosa’s!