Monday, December 21, 2015

Tony’s Seafood Restaurant – Cedar Key

When we visited Cedar Key in early September, we decided to re-visit a restaurant we’d been to the last time we stopped by on our way north…

This is Tony’s Seafood Restaurant on Second Street in Cedar Key Florida.  This restaurant, which is located in the old Hale building, first opened its doors in June of 2005.  Featuring fresh gulf seafood, Tony’s 54-seat eatery is located in the historic downtown area. 

Note: Despite hurricanes, storms, floods and the passage of time old downtown Cedar Key still has several buildings dating back as far as 1859.  The Hale Building was built in 1880.

There are 2 dining rooms at Tony’s…and this is a decidedly casual dining atmosphere.  However, shoes and shirts are required!  The air conditioning can be finicky and opening that front door was a challenge for a couple of patrons while we were having our lunch. 

This is the restaurant’s major claim to fame!  Tony’s Seafood Restaurant won the Clam Chowder World Championship at the annual Great Chowder Cook-Off in 2009, 2010 and 2011.   With his 3rd win, Tony’s chowder was ‘retired’ to the Great Chowder Cook-Off Hall of Fame.

Chef Eric, Tony’s founder and owner, had introduced his famous clam chowder after being open just one month.  He’s lived in New England for 12 years and he’d sampled chowders all over the region.   The secret recipe isn’t available and only Chef Eric knows the exact ingredients.

Well, I do like clam chowder…but it’s easier for me to find quality clam chowder in East Tennessee than it is to find a nice fresh Fried Shrimp Sandwich. ($10.49) The shrimp sandwich was very good and the coleslaw was decent as well… For me, this was the right choice!

Laurie couldn’t resist and she ordered a bowl of Tony’s Award Winning Clam Chowder for her lunch. ($7.99) As advertised, it is indeed very good clam chowder and she was happy with her choice! 

FYI…The reason that I skipped the chowder is that I can buy as many cans of it as I want at the Publix supermarket in Farragut Tennessee and throughout the southeastern USA. (The canned version is very good too and we bought a couple of cans as soon as we got home!)

The food was good but service at Tony’s was rudimentary and not very efficient.  This was despite the fact that during this slow period at Cedar Key the restaurant wasn’t very busy.  Tony’s Seafood Restaurant is a 597 Second Street.  Phone: 352-543-0022.  Website:   

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for lunch!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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