20 essential Tampa Bay grouper sandwiches everyone should try at least once

Basically, there are two iconic sandwiches in Tampa Bay, the Cuban and the grouper. And, since we've already ran down our favorite poultry sandos, it's the grouper's turn. Tampa Bay is home to some of the best grouper in the country, and while some restaurants may pass off cheap imitations (get outta here with that Asian carp), here are a few local spots serving up the real grouper sammies.

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The Getaway
727-317-5751, 13090 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg facebook.com/thegetawaytampabay  
Bayside tiki bar The Getaway offers a red grouper sandwich for $18, served grilled, blackened or crispy. It comes with lettuce, tomato, onion and a citrus remoulade, but they recommend adding avocado and smoked mozzarella. 
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The Getaway

727-317-5751, 13090 Gandy Blvd N, St. Petersburg facebook.com/thegetawaytampabay
Bayside tiki bar The Getaway offers a red grouper sandwich for $18, served grilled, blackened or crispy. It comes with lettuce, tomato, onion and a citrus remoulade, but they recommend adding avocado and smoked mozzarella.

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Trophy Fish
(727) 258-7883, 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, trophyfishstpete.com  
Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg is a wild card when it comes to what kind of grouper you get since it offers different kinds (red or black grouper) depending on the day's catch. Customize your sandwich to your liking or stick to the classic lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce.
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Trophy Fish

(727) 258-7883, 2060 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, trophyfishstpete.com
Trophy Fish in St. Petersburg is a wild card when it comes to what kind of grouper you get since it offers different kinds (red or black grouper) depending on the day's catch. Customize your sandwich to your liking or stick to the classic lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce.

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Big Ray’s Fish Camp
813-605-3615, 6116 Interbay Blvd., Tampa bigraysfishcamp.com  
Big Ray’s claims to have the “freshest seafood in South Tampa.” Big Ray’s red grouper sandwich is $15 and comes grilled, blackened or fried with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce. Big Ray's also has a location at the Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa.
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Big Ray’s Fish Camp

813-605-3615, 6116 Interbay Blvd., Tampa bigraysfishcamp.com
Big Ray’s claims to have the “freshest seafood in South Tampa.” Big Ray’s red grouper sandwich is $15 and comes grilled, blackened or fried with lettuce, tomato, onion and tartar sauce. Big Ray's also has a location at the Sail Pavilion in downtown Tampa.

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The Tavern
(727) 821-1418, 120 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. thetavernatbayboro.com  
Fresh from the docks, the red grouper The Tavern uses is filleted fresh every day. Try one of their variations of a traditional grouper sandwich, one being The Adventurer, with grilled grouper topped with seaweed salad and cucumber wasabi dressing.
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The Tavern

(727) 821-1418, 120 6th Ave. S., St. Petersburg. thetavernatbayboro.com
Fresh from the docks, the red grouper The Tavern uses is filleted fresh every day. Try one of their variations of a traditional grouper sandwich, one being The Adventurer, with grilled grouper topped with seaweed salad and cucumber wasabi dressing.

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Harpoon Harry’s Crab House
(813) 321-4040, 225 S. Franklin St., Tampa. harpoonharryscrabhousetampa.com  
Enjoy a seared gulf grouper sandwich at Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Tampa for $18. With Old Bay Fries on the side, enjoy sandwich toppings like vine ripe tomatoes, red onions, tartar sauce, and a garlic dill pickle, all laid out on a crisp challah bun.
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Harpoon Harry’s Crab House

(813) 321-4040, 225 S. Franklin St., Tampa. harpoonharryscrabhousetampa.com
Enjoy a seared gulf grouper sandwich at Harpoon Harry’s Crab House in Tampa for $18. With Old Bay Fries on the side, enjoy sandwich toppings like vine ripe tomatoes, red onions, tartar sauce, and a garlic dill pickle, all laid out on a crisp challah bun.

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Harvey’s 4th Street Grill
727-821-6516, 3121 4th St. N., St. Petersburg harveys4thstreet.com  
Harvey’s sells red grouper delivered daily from local fishermen. The sandwich is $15.50 and comes Cajun-style or blackened.
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Harvey’s 4th Street Grill

727-821-6516, 3121 4th St. N., St. Petersburg harveys4thstreet.com
Harvey’s sells red grouper delivered daily from local fishermen. The sandwich is $15.50 and comes Cajun-style or blackened.

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Frenchy’s Original Cafe
727-446-3607, 41 Baymont St., Clearwater frenchysonline.com  
Like Frenchy’s Rockaway, this location serves six varieties of red grouper sandwiches for $12.95. It even has a special grouper cheek appetizer for $8.95.
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Frenchy’s Original Cafe

727-446-3607, 41 Baymont St., Clearwater frenchysonline.com
Like Frenchy’s Rockaway, this location serves six varieties of red grouper sandwiches for $12.95. It even has a special grouper cheek appetizer for $8.95.

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Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill
727-446-4844, 7 Rockaway St., Clearwater frenchysonline.com  
Choose from six different red grouper sandwiches at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill for $12.95 each. Options include grilled, fried, Cajun, Caribbean, buffalo and a grouper reuben. Want even more? Choose from appetizers like the grouper nuggets or grouper egg rolls.
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Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill

727-446-4844, 7 Rockaway St., Clearwater frenchysonline.com
Choose from six different red grouper sandwiches at Frenchy’s Rockaway Grill for $12.95 each. Options include grilled, fried, Cajun, Caribbean, buffalo and a grouper reuben. Want even more? Choose from appetizers like the grouper nuggets or grouper egg rolls.

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Crabby Bill’s
727-360-8858, 5100 Gulf, Blvd., Saint Pete Beach stpetecrabbybills.com  
Crabby Bill’s on St. Pete Beach is serving up “100% real” black grouper sandwiches for $15. The fish comes on a butter bun with lettuce, tomato and onion. For $14 you can also grab the grouper nuggets which are served with tartar and lemon and can be prepared spicy or original.
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Crabby Bill’s

727-360-8858, 5100 Gulf, Blvd., Saint Pete Beach stpetecrabbybills.com
Crabby Bill’s on St. Pete Beach is serving up “100% real” black grouper sandwiches for $15. The fish comes on a butter bun with lettuce, tomato and onion. For $14 you can also grab the grouper nuggets which are served with tartar and lemon and can be prepared spicy or original.

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The Hurricane
727-360-9558, 809 Gulf Wy., St. Pete Beach thehurricane.com  
The Hurricane serves both black and red grouper, depending on the day. The “world famous fresh grouper sandwich” has been The Hurricane’s specialty since 1977. It consists of a half pound of fish, prepared one of 12 ways for $13.
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The Hurricane

727-360-9558, 809 Gulf Wy., St. Pete Beach thehurricane.com
The Hurricane serves both black and red grouper, depending on the day. The “world famous fresh grouper sandwich” has been The Hurricane’s specialty since 1977. It consists of a half pound of fish, prepared one of 12 ways for $13.

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