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Oyster Barn in Pensacola

When I said I wasn’t that hungry, just wanted a bowl of soup, something like clam chowder or gumbo, my son’s eyes just lit up.

“We could even walk!” he said. “It’s close!”

We didn’t – not that night, because I was really tired, and jet lagging, but I walked back another day to get an outdoor photo for you.

You’d have to know about the Oyster Barn to eat there – it is a tiny marina on a bayou, and out on the main street, there is no indication that this little gem is hidden back along the shore. You just have to know.

And a lot of people DO know. When we got there, the parking lot was packed. We almost went somewhere else, but we decided to give it a try. And there was one booth just emptied, just right for us. It’s the kind of place when you walk in everyone is trying to figure out who you are, because mostly it is packed with locals. You won’t find this place if you are a tourist.

This isn’t a fancy place, but it has great local seafood. The waitress appeared promptly to take our orders, which here, always start with iced tea (“Sweet or UnSweet?”)

My son and his wife had the Jumbo shrimp, which comes with “two sides” – my son had hush puppies and cheese grits, and his wife had salad and hush puppies. The servings are generous, and oh! those shrimp are SO good. They have a peppery-cajun coating that is both spicy and delicious. We finished with a very tart, very authentic piece of Key Lime Pie, all of us so full we all shared one piece with three forks. Life is sweet.

I had the oyster stew – and it was full of plump, juicy oysters. I took a photo of the stew, but it didn’t do it justice – all you could see was a milky looking base with lumps.

My Mom is coming with me next time I visit Pensacola, and this is one of the first places I will take her. I know she will love it. Although it is in Florida, it is very much like the places we used to eat when we lived in Alaska.



July 14, 2007 - Posted by | Cooking, Customer Service, Eating Out, Family Issues, Florida, Lumix, Photos


  1. amazing – just look at those shrimp! what a gem of an oyster shack 🙂

    Comment by adiamondinsunlight | July 15, 2007 | Reply

  2. Exactly! A really fun place with excellent local food. Michelin would give it the red R.

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 15, 2007 | Reply

  3. How come I don’t remember that place? :/

    Where in ‘Pepsi Cola’ is it?

    I remember this irish place run by an irish family, very good food & great entertainment too. I sort of forgot the names of places I’ve been to and even forgot my address in Pensacola, it’s been years!

    Comment by Я | July 16, 2007 | Reply

  4. R – It’s at the bottom of Bayou Boulevard, just before the bridge where Cervantes crosses from East Pensacola Heights to Pensacola. When Bayou branches onto (hmmmm. I think . . .) Perry, YOU stay on tiny little Bayou and follow it along the bayou to the Oyster Barn.

    Worth the trouble 🙂

    I’ve seen the Irish place, too, and my daughter in law wears a T-shirt from there!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 16, 2007 | Reply

  5. Hush puppies – glorious! Did anyone try their gumbo? Is it as good I’m guessing it is? My taste buds are so envious!

    Comment by sparkleplenty | July 17, 2007 | Reply

  6. Ah Bayou Blvd! I remember it! Gosh…memories…remind me to tell you of a funny story involving the Pensacola emergency services hehe. 😉

    Comment by Я | July 17, 2007 | Reply

  7. Sparkle – the hushpuppies are fantastic. You and Mariner Man would love the place, too.

    R – I am dying to hear your story. C’mon, spill!

    Comment by intlxpatr | July 17, 2007 | Reply

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