Blalock’s Restaurant serves fresh seafood and steaks at the Gulf Breeze Restaurant
It is a common routine for April Hanks and her household of 4: They cease at Blalock’s Seafood & Specialties Market in Gulf Breeze each Friday to eat their fill of shrimp, salmon and oysters.
“I just like the shrimp right here greater than different seafood markets as a result of they’re contemporary and don’t keep within the water,” she mentioned. Hanks can also be watching the film Emerald Tides. These are the native oysters. How native?
They arrive from “throughout the road,” says Blalock’s supervisor, Wilder Burleson.
It is proper throughout Interstate 98. “From the oyster beds that lie close to the toll bridge,” he explains. When neighborhood oysters aren’t accessible, he will get loads of Apalachicola oysters.
Hanks describes Emerald Tides as “glorious.” “It is actually clean-tasting whenever you need to eat uncooked oysters,” she provides.
Hanks takes the seafood dwelling to steam or grill it herself, however for an additional greenback per pound, staff on the seafood market steam the shrimp for takeout.
I made a decision to let Blalock do the work for me. I ordered the medium white shrimp from Apalachicola. I selected Cajun seasoning. I watched the shrimp being put into an enormous steamer and cooked excellent. My sister, Lori Shropshire, who simply moved to our lovely state from Tennessee, just isn’t accustomed to with the ability to purchase contemporary seafood on the way in which dwelling from work.
“That is simply nice stuff!” So I questioned. “Nice concept!” I additionally introduced dwelling my do-it-yourself “Cap’n Glenn’s Well-known Solely Right here” cocktail sauce which has simply the correct amount of horseradish kick.
Whereas white shrimp with the shell are my favourite as a result of I really like peeling and consuming, Burleson mentioned their prime vendor is Royal Reds from Argentina. They’ve a sweeter style, very similar to lobster.
The market carries all varieties of seafood with produce arriving day by day. The final time I visited, there was grouper, tuna, pink snapper, triggerfish, mahi, salmon, and extra together with lobster tails, crab meat, oysters, mussels, and scallops. There’s additionally a choice of steaks like a 16-ounce ribeye for $24.99.
The cabinets are additionally stocked with scrumptious seafood, pickles, relishes, jellies and specialty seasonings. There’s a good choice of shrimp and barbeque and dipping sauces. Spherical it off with sizzling corn and potatoes.
I’ve discovered it a good suggestion to examine Blalock’s Fb web page to see bulletins like “Recent crab meat simply arrived” or to get recipe concepts like stir-fried shrimp, spicy crawfish, or sausage with cheese.
One publish learn: “Desire a scrumptious shrimp and clam chowder? Come see us as we speak. We are able to train you how you can make them!” The market is not restricted to predominant dishes. Add to that the regionally made Kelly pies. I had the pleasure of making an attempt each the important thing lime and the bush pie. It is a candy finish to a splendidly contemporary meal.
The supervisor admits that seafood costs are a bit of increased per pound than well-known Pensacola seafood markets, however Burleson says his prospects aren’t complaining. In truth, they care about consolation.
“It is the comfort that seals the deal. They do not should cross the bridge or stand in line and take a quantity.” For instance, the Pensacola Bay oysters have been $25 for $29.99. The quantity per pound for the medium white shrimp I received was 21/25.
One pound of medium shrimp shell prices $11.99 per pound. The value of a pound of medium peeled shrimp is $13 per pound.
The price of steam is $ per pound.
Blalock has two places. The opposite is in Orange Seashore. The shops are owned by a gaggle of associates from Alabama. The Gulf Breeze location is their solely enterprise in Florida. Additionally they function a number of Large Mike’s Steak Homes.
The shop is positioned at 2755 Gulf Breeze Parkway. Working hours are Monday and Tuesday from midday to six pm and Wednesday to Sunday from 10 am to six pm