Indulge in Oceanic Delicacies at These South Florida Eateries

Ocean-dwelling delights are all the rage at these local restaurants.

Billy’s Stone Crab

Address: 400 N. Ocean Drive, Hollywood

The Buzz: October is the month to visit the Hollywood staple that’s been serving stone crabs and other seafood for decades. Why October? That’s when Florida stone crab season gets crackin’. Another draw: the restaurant’s all-you-can-eat special at market price. Another homegrown seafood specialty is the broiled Florida lobster tail. The decades-old debate as to which is better lives on. Is it the Northern lobster tails from colder waters or the Florida spiny lobster from warmer waters? Let’s just say it’s a matter of taste. Northern lobster has a sweeter flavor and is more tender; the spiny lobster is firmer and while sweet, is not as succulent. If you’ve never tried a Florida spiny lobster, this is the place to check out the home state’s tail.

Contact: 954.388.9198; crabs.com

City Oyster & Sushi Bar

Address: 213 E. Atlantic Ave., Delray Beach

The Buzz: What’s in a name? In this case, expect at least a half dozen rotating oyster varieties from the waters off New York’s Long Island, Maine and New Hampshire, and even Canada. Each has a distinct flavor. Black Magic, a chef’s favorite, are dark, brown-shelled beauties from Prince Edward Island with plump meat and a salt content that isn’t overpowering. The famous Long Island Blue Point, a City Oyster mainstay, is a dependable oyster with a consistently fresh and firm texture with a sweet aftertaste. The Maine Moondancer is sweet and briny, and Fat Dog from Great Bay, New Hampshire is silky sweet with grassy tones. Best advice from an oyster lover: Order a half dozen of all varieties first, decide the ones you like, then order the next half dozen dominated by the favorites.

Contact: 561.272.0220; cityoysterdelray.com

Dune by Laurent Tourondel

Address: 2200 N. Ocean Blvd., Fort Lauderdale

The Buzz: Any South Florida seafood restaurant worth its salt offers a ceviche dish on its menu. When Laurent Tourondel put his stamp on Dune in 2021, it included cuisine influences from South America and the Caribbean. To that end, the signature seafood ceviche is distinguished by an exquisite combination of fresh fish and seafood (yellowtail snapper, octopus, and shrimp) marinated in a made-from-scratch zesty leche de tigre, a citrus-based marinade used in Peruvian cuisine for curing seafood. Enjoying the burst of seafood flavor amid Dune’s divine oceanfront setting is a delectable match.

Contact: 754.900.4059; dunebylt.com

Chops Lobster Bar

Address: 101 Plaza Real South, Boca Raton

The Buzz: At this ultra-fine restaurant, where the lobster bisque is created au cognac, serving a lobster tail flash fried seems borderline boorish. But there’s a history to this luscious creation. Chef Pano Karatassos, who along with partner Paul Albrecht owned Atlanta’s infamous Pano’s & Paul’s ( the precursor to Chops Lobster Bar, which is now part of Karatassos’ Buckhead Restaurant Group), began serving his flash-fried South African lobster tail in 1979. The fresh tail covered in a proprietary batter was an immediate hit, and it’s been on every menu since.  If you’d rather just nibble to save room for a larger lobster (Chops bills their whole lobsters as the Rolls Royce of crustaceans fresh from the deep icy waters of Nova Scotia), order the Morsels appetizer, which arrives as four battered lobster bites and is served with a thyme-infused honey mustard sauce.

Contact: 561.395.2675; chopslobsterbar.com

Dragonfly Izakaya & Fish Market

Address: 5241 NW 87th Ave., Doral

The Buzz: University of Florida grads Song Kim and Hirofumi Leung started their first Dragonfly in Gainesville, then opened the second in Orlando. In 2016, Doral became the trifecta. Dragonfly’s signature Scallop Shooters are for the adventurous eater; they’re also sure to be the talk of the table because of the unusual presentation. Half of a lemon is hollowed out and filled with fresh, raw scallops, the yolk of a quail egg, shiso (a Japanese mint herb), wasabi aioli and salmon roe. The method of eating the shooters is part of the experience. Pick up the filled-to-the-brim lemon, give it a bit of a squeeze to extract some of the lemon juice and then … bottoms up. The delicacies are meant to be savored in the mouth before everything goes down the hatch.

Contact: 305.222.7447; dragonflyrestaurants.com/doral-florida/

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Drew Limsky

Drew Limsky



Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.