We took a road trip up to Cedar Key today to try the championship clam chowder at Tony’s Seafood Restaurant. The restaurant was packed, but luckily some tables had just cleared and we were able to get a table without much of a wait. There’s actually a front and back dining room and every table had some bowls of chowder on them.
We ordered both a cup and a bowl and I can understand why they’ve won world championships with this recipe.
It was a very creamy chowder filled with chunks of clam, potato, and a little bit of heat. It’s one of those dishes that has a good mouth feel to it. I did think it was priced a bit high, but the quality was there, so it was worth it.
Loren got a blackened grouper sandwich with fries.
He enjoyed it. He said the fish was tender and the crispy blackened coating gave it just the right amount of crunch. I ordered the fried seafood combo with shrimp, scallops and grouper. It also came with salad and cole slaw.
It was too much food for me. Just the shrimp and scallops would have been enough. The breading was light and tasty. The seafood was definitely fresh. Service was a bit lacking at times though. Our waitress would disappear for quite a while and we’d begun to think she had forgotten about us when it was time to get the check. Total bill was $43. If you’re in the area, definitely stop by for some chowder.
Tony’s Seafood Restaurant
597 2nd Street
Cedar Key, FL