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    Southern Living names Pensacola seafood market one of Florida's Most Legendary Restaurants

    By Brittany Misencik, Pensacola News Journal,


    Pensacola has once again caught the eye of Southern Living, this time earning a place on its list of Florida’s 17 Most Legendary Restaurants. The list encapsulates “dimly lit historic dives, beachfront seafood spots, old-school Cuban joints, and beyond” that have stood the test of time in the Sunshine State, according to Southern Living.

    “These legendary restaurants aren’t passing fads or trendy Instagram eateries, they’re cultural icons, so interwoven in Florida’s history and spirit they’re forever emblazoned into the state’s canon of hospitality,” Southern Living writes. "Their counters have heard countless stories, their dining room floors have seen thousands of visitors, and their locations have been carefully selected to tell a story of place.”

    If you’ve lived in Pensacola long enough, it shouldn’t surprise you that Joe Patti’s Seafood at 524 S. B St. claimed the seventh spot on the list, representing a slice of Florida's rich culinary history.

    The market has been drawing locals and visitors to the Panhandle since 1931 for fresh seafood, Southern Living writes, making proprietor Captain Joe’s name synonymous with high quality.

    “One of most desired wholesale fish markets for fine seafood, the business has expanded to include its own Italian-style gourmet delicatessen, sushi bar, and wine shop. Come here for sashimi straight from the sea,” Southern Living states.

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    While sushi production took a hiatus, Summer’s Sushi has taken the reigns to bring rolled and ready sushi back to the market from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursdays through Saturdays.

    The market also has a nearby sit-down brick-and-mortar seafood restaurant called Captain Joe Patti’s Seafood & Saloon at 1124 W. Garden St. Started by Josie Patti Merritt and her brother, Joey, in 1989, the restaurant has continued the pride of the family name with fresh fish platters, salads and sandwiches.

    While the market offers fresh fish to cook yourself, the restaurant version offers options like the Captain Joey Platter a.k.a. The Big Haul, which boasts crab patties, shrimp, oysters and fish to enjoy on the spot.

    To read about the other 16 restaurants that made Southern Livings list, read the original story here

    our guide for other seafood restaurants in the Pensacola area to find fresh catch.

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