Stinky's Fish Camp. My new favorite restaurant in all of the Destin area and quite possibly my favorite seafood restaurant of all time!!!
I know, I know, the name is dubious and even the building suspect...but, oh my!!!
Jim Richard (pronounced "ruh-shard") is the owner chef and is renowned as one of the premier chefs by the locals here and hails from New Orleans.
The evening started with red bean and chive butter and yes, Lance Captains Crackers. The butter was scrumptious. The next course was Smoked Cheese, Bacon and Horseradish Oysters Baked on the half shell. Chris and I agreed that these were quite possibly the best oysters of our lives. And little did we know the culinary delight was just beginning.
Next course was a salad of fresh lump crab on a bed of fresh arugula mixed with locally home grown cucumbers and radishes, garnished with capers, topped with the chef's homemade papaya vinaigrette dressing. (We later were told that Chef Jim prepares EVERYTHING fresh in-house-even the mayonnaise.)
The salad was a delight.
Chris' main course was "Unca Duke's Geaux Jus BBQ Shrimp Garlic Crouton". Shrimp sauteed in shell with a butter, Worcestershire and "tons" of black pepper with garlic croutons for dipping. At the risk of sounding like me, Chris says this is the best shrimp dish of her life.
I savoured "Stinky's Stew". With a name like that, who could resist. And wow!!!!!!!!
Shrimp, Mussels, Gulf fish, Crab Legs, Oysters in a wine, tomato and lemon garlic broth with roast potato's and corn. On the side was a pressed crab po' boy wedge-which, by luck, I saved for last and realized it was destined to be dipped in the remainder of the broth. In fact, our outstanding server, Lou, brought extra "crouton's" -looks like flat bread- for even more dipping pleasure.
What an evening and what a find. Ethos rates Stinky's a 10+!!!!.
Arguably, the best seafood restaurant I have ever had the good pleasure to experience. If you are anywhere close to the Destin, San Destin, Seaside, Watercolor area-Stinky's is a MUST!!!
Cash or Checks only. (850)267-3053
Located in Dune Allen Beach community on 30-A.