My wife and I dined recently in and about Apalachicola. We stumbled upon a treasure in an ocean of fried mediocrity, a restaurant by the name of Avenue Sea. The chef hails from the training camps of places such as Trio and The French Laundry. He is waging a campaign of clean, fresh, flavorful food in a town that literally fries everything. We dined (a loose term here)... everywhere in town, there are some restaurants that serve seafood from Alaska!? For those of you who are not aware, Apalachicola is considered to be the last great bay in America, the most prolific bay in the world. More oysters grow here than anywhere else. By the way, the oysters at Avenue Sea...tops. The best I've ever had. They were served with an apple and ginger mignonette. The apple, just the right amount of sweet and tart, the ginger just the right amount of heat, the vinegar brings it all together.
Other dishes that blew me away, Pompano wrapped in bacon served with poached dates, lemon and parsley (Everything worked so well together), braised pork belly with mint, shallots, and tupelo honey. I could've eaten that all night long, except my wife wrestled half of it away from my plate. The desserts were awesome. Nothing was too sweet, the crepes were my favorite. Frozen white chocolate cream wrapped with a crepe and served with warm, sweetened oranges and syrup...it was like a present. We had a fantastic time, everything was great from the food, service, to the wine list....lots of great wine, by the glass too. Seek it out if you haven't already discovered this gem.