Fresh seafood. Seriously, the only seafood more fresh is still swimming in the Atlantic.
To get to the order desk, you must pass through the seafood market. Although they handle a huge volume of seafood, there was not one whiff of unpleasant "fishy" odor, which speaks highly of the great care they give in handling food. The menu has a nice variety of choices; however, as my husband and I are both devoted shrimp lovers, we chose shrimp, fried. The flavor of the shrimp was outstanding, the batter very delicate.
We also sampled the Minorcan Clam Chowder, in which I was a trifle disappointed. Minorcan-style chowder should be closer to Manhattan style, and Safe Harbor's chowder is closer to New England style. It also has an unusual hint of some sort of wine, which for me took away some of the earthy pleasure of eating fresh seafood in a joint by the water. Seriously, Safe Harbor, save the gourmet stuff for a fine dining establishment, which your place definitely is not. It was good soup, but not Minorcan Clam Chowder.
Before leaving, we purchased two pounds of shrimp for another home-based shrimp feast later that same day. We were well-pleased with our purchase!
Safe Harbor is a very, very good seafood restaurant. Not my favorite, not even my favorite in tiny Mayport. But it's very satisfying, and I'd consider going there again.
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