Celebrate Grouper Week With These St. Pete Favorites

It’s officially Grouper Week in Clearwater and St. Pete!

You might have seen the Visit St. Pete Clearwater team zipping around in their Grouper Week food truck, dishing out free samples to celebrate.

If you can’t get to the likes of iconic Frenchy’s on Clearwater Beach, which sells a whopping 52,000 grouper sandwiches each year, there are plenty of opportunities to sink your teeth into some grouper goodness in St. Pete.

Here are a few of our favorite creative dishes at local restaurants, conveniently located near bike share hubs.

Stillwaters Tavern

Grouper St. PeteA twist on the classic B.L.T, Stillwaters Tavern’s F.L.T features wood-grilled local grouper, fried green tomato, lettuce, pickled veg and whole grain mustard aioli. If you time your visit well, grouper might be the fish of the day, too, served with asparagus farro, golden beets and brick street chard in a red wine and herb reduction.

BellaBrava

Florida meets Italy when sampling BellaBrava’s grouper piccata. Served with an asiago polenta and lemon caper butter. Yes, please.

Sea Salt

Feeling something special? Try Sea Salt’s seared black grouper, paired with black truffle butter, fava beans, oyster mushrooms, smoked salt fingerling potatoes and tomato confit. You won’t regret it.

Birch & Vine

Sea Salt Grouper St PeteIberico ham-wrapped grouper served alongside drunken clams, grilled yucca, corn and chiles is a local favorite at Birch & Vine, which is on the ground floor of The Birchwood Hotel on Beach Drive.

Parkshore Grill

You might have had a few grouper sandwiches in your lifetime, but you likely haven’t tried a grouper sandwich paired with acorn squash puree and tomatillo red dragon fruit chimichurri. A unique concoction from the culinary team at Parkshore Grill.

400 Beach

Pan seared grouper is topped with jumbo lump crab and hollandaise sauce at 400 Beach, and the result is delicious. 

What are your local grouper go-tos?