Matanzas Inlet Restaurant is about as "old Florida" as one can get. Nighttime waterfront dining on the patio adjacent to the Matanzas Inlet (hence the name), is a special treat -- and one that can't really be had anywhere else in the area. There's no big pile of boats tied up in slips, no screeching traffic, no unruly crowds -- just a nice quiet place to enjoy a sunset and dinner of bountiful and fresh seafood. The wait staff is highly attentive, the beer is cold, and the shrimp are finger-licking good. For we locals, its where we go when we want to get away from the tourists -- especially the snow-birds. Well, here and Pomar's.
Favorite Dish: Get the Fried Calamari ($7.95) -- its HUGE and perfectly prepared with a light crispy batter that doesn't drip with oil. Pair that with the Shrimp Basket (10 Jumbo Shrimp, fries and slaw for $10.99), and you have a feast!
This is a cute little place, right on the Inlet and there are indoor as well as outdoor tables with a great view, also a cute little bar.
Favorite Dish: I had the Snook, stuffed with crabmeat. Snook is a real treat for Floridians...it was FANTASTIC, I will absolutely be going back to eat here again. and again.