October 30, 2020

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.

Photo via Harpoon Harry’s Crab House/Facebook

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