Thursday, October 19, 2017

#ThankYouMiami for New Food Finds - Stiltsville Fish Bar

Before I begin today's post, I want to say #thankyoumiami. Thank you for believing in this blog and thank you for following along on our Miami journey. Thank you also for nominating us a second year in a row as Best Local Blogger in the South Florida Blogger AwardsWriting new posts is fun because you make it fun by allowing us to entertain you with our silly stories and our news about our beautiful coastal community. You smart, you loyal, we appreciate you. (And we'll love you forever if you vote for us!) And now, for our regularly scheduled programming...

When it comes to landmarks, nothing is more Miami than Stiltsville. Its seven weathered, wooden houses are beacons of "a rascally mischievous past". In its heyday, Stiltsville was a utopia for the seafaring bon vivant, a place with its own rules. Today the remaining structures are off-limits to most of us, but they are a friendly and familiar face in the middle of Biscayne Bay.

Since I moved to Miami in 2006, I have passed Stiltsville numerous times—on the way out to snorkel at Fowey Rocks, to sail in open water, and to dive the Miami Wreck Trek. But, until this past August, I had never set foot there. My first visit was everything I dreamed it would be. There were boats, there were babes, there was booze, and there was a buffet of fresh seafood. The occasion? The long-awaited arrival of Stiltsville Fish Bar to Sunset Harbour.

Like its namesake, Stiltsville Fish Bar is "So Miami". Its laid-back ambiance and menu of fresh, local seafood have deemed it so. The food is delicious. At their opening party, I sacrificed socializing to gorge on those sinful deviled eggs ("green eggs and ham"), mini solo cups of the tart and refreshing cobia tiradito, and more raw bar than is probably healthy. Who needs friends when you can occupy yourself with all-you-can-eat fish dip?

I haven't had the chance to stop in since they opened on September 29. (The lines have been out the door, so I'm waiting for things to cool down to make my first reservation.) Nevertheless, all of my friends that have stopped by can attest to the great service and memorable flavors for which Chef Jeff McInnis and Chef Janine Booth are known. Having experienced their combined talents at Sarsparilla Club and Chef McInnis's creativity in his 2014 collaboration with Earl's Kitchen + Bar, I'm not surprised. I can't wait to get the full Stiltsville Fish Bar experience and relive our sunset escapes at sea.


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