By Gabriele Walkow
Home to a wide variety of restaurants, Florida’s Sanford area also boasts several seafood gems. Come nosh and sample in the sun and leave seafood satisfied!
Open for lunch and dinner, this Japanese-style tapas restaurant is a tribute to Chef Junichi’s love for fresh, organic ingredients and imported Japanese fish with phenomenal flavors. With a menu reflecting traditional Japanese fare such as sushi, sashimi, rolls, ramen, platters and combination dinners, Chef Junichi has many additional creative offerings. Take A Chance tempts with 3-pieces of spicy tuna stuffed jalapenos lightly fried with sweet sauce. The Heartwarming Pork Belly offers a non-seafood option with simmered, smoked and grilled pork belly accompanied by citrus carrot sauce. A Kid’s Menu with Mac’n Cheese, Grilled Cheese Sandwich and Japanese Fried Chicken will keep everyone in the family happy. jimotti.com
This upscale Key West-inspired destination for seafood, steak and raw bar selections is located nearby in Lake Mary. With two award-winning locations, the second in Orlando, these local favorites are a must-try for fresh seafood flown in daily. The Lake Mary location also offers a popular sushi bar presenting unique creations, such as the Lobster Makimono Roll with fried lobster, eel sauce, lemon butter, masago and toasted almonds. Starters include the Bahamian Smoked Fish Dip, which is lightly smoked and island spiced with a hint of lemon. Fish options include Atlantic King Salmon and Chilean Sea Bass. The Szechwan “Ahi” Atlantic Tuna Mignon, seared rare and toasted with a sesame seed peppercorn crust, is cutting edge. Succulent steaks and prime rib round out an extraordinary menu. fishbonesrestaurants.com
ST. JOHNS RIVER STEAK & SEAFOOD
Sanford’s #1 waterfront dining experience is located on beautiful Marina Island and offers unsurpassed views, delectable lunch and dinner options, and superb service. The extensive fresh seafood selection includes appetizers like traditional island-style Conch Fritters and the zesty Buffalo Shrimp. Chef’s Homemade Crab Cake (homemade crab cake with crab claw meat, green peppers, onions and a hint of Ole Bay, and served sautéed or fried with jalapeno tartar sauce) is offered as an appetizer and a Seafood Dinner, where additional delectable crab cakes fill your plate. The Surf & Turf Kabob, featuring shrimp and steak, combines the best of both sea and land! stjrss.com
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