The Fresh Truth
We buy all our fish fresh and local. 90% of our fish come straight from the docks in Destin and the other 10% from neighboring counties including the east coast of Florida when availability requires. Although we buy and serve our fish fresh we will however occasionally freeze some to get through the times when availability is scarce to none. This is typically due to bad weather keeping boats at dock or the state and federal waters being closed to commercial fishing.
Our oysters are always fresh shucked from Bon Secour Fisheries in Alabama with an occasional supply from Apalachicola Florida. Although Apalachicola may have the best oysters served on the half shell, we believe Alabama and Louisiana offer the best for frying.
Shrimp are harder to find fresh than one would think. We buy our shrimp as fresh as you can get it. 99.9% of all gulf shrimp are frozen on the boats while out at sea for up to 30 days at a time. These shrimp are then processed at major seafood distributors like Bon Secour Fisheries and Aquila Seafood in Alabama. The shrimp are then defrosted, de-headed, washed, sorted, and frozen again. These are the same shrimp you find as fresh in the local seafood markets!
When available we buy fresh bay shrimp from local and neighboring county shrimpers, but the season for harvest is very short and quantity is very limited. So we also buy shrimp from Bon Secour Fisheries and Aquila Seafood. However these two companies have agreed to accommodate our needs for fresh shrimp and are providing us with their bay and gulf shrimp prior to refreezing. But, this is still limited to season and availability.