Flounder’s Chowder House – Florida
The Flounder Brothers, Fred, Floyd and Felix, are proud of their Antiques, Objects d’Art and Fleet of Boats. They hope you enjoy and appreciate them as much as they enjoy finding them for you.
As you approach the building, you will notice M/V FLOUNDER…55’ length, 6’ draft, and 20’ beam, 30 tons net weight; built by D. C. Beaux Shipbuilders, Meraux, Louisiana and commissioned in Bayou La Batre, Alabama in 1946.
Captain Frank Flounder and later his sons, Fred, Floyd and Felix, shrimped this vessel from Key West, Florida to Tampico, Mexico thru calm seas, tropical storms and fierce hurricanes until she was retired in 1998.
This grand old shrimp boat is complete with nets, sleds, mast and rigging and is ready to go back to sea at any time.
The Marlin Bar showcases the huge 980lb, blue marlin, a USGFA World Record catch by Warren Culbertson, a noted Gulf Coast Angler. Atop Flounder’s stage you’ll find a true Pensacola icon, the original sailfish sign that lit the way to Santa Rosa Island since the 50’s.
Inside the restaurant, you will find many ship models and the focal point of the bar, the beautiful fan-shaped Stained Glass that came from a convent in upstate New York.
The Flounders promises you a uniquely interesting and warm atmosphere with excellent Food and Drinks prepared and served by friendly employees who Give a Damn!!
Review by Expat Wanderer
“We’ll have to take you to Flounders.” our Pensacola friends said, and we wondered, because we hadn’t seen Flounders on our trips to the beach, and we hadn’t seen it advertised. One day we Googled it, found it on the map and headed for the beach.
They don’t seem to need to advertise. Even if there is a parking spot in the parking lot (not a given) you are likely to have to wait. Even on a weekday, when you think no one else will be there. And what a very cool place.
The place looks beachy, there are usually people sitting out front, waiting, and you can see this huge boat, The Flounder:
Now that the temperatures have dropped about ten degrees, the entire restaurant is open, and it is heavenly. If it gets too hot or too cold, there are garage-door-like barriers against the elements, but for most of the year, Flounders can stay open to the sea breezes.
Prices are reasonable, portions are big, service is quick and friendly without being overly intrusive. There are volleyball courts, a landing and a large area for children to play in.
We’ve seen a lot of birthday parties at Flounders; children’s and grown ups. They are owned by the same group that owns McGuires and Crabs: We Got ‘Em. Each of those restaurants has a unique menu, and we really like that each has such GOOD food.
So for our first visit, there are two MUST-ORDERS; to test a Florida seafood restaurant, you have to try their Seafood chowder and you have to test their hush puppies. Both were spectacular and memorable:
They were so good, in fact, that less than a week later, we went back for more.
We also had appetizers for lunch; I had the Baked Parmesan Oysters and AdventureMan had the Fish Tacos/Nachos. Both were SO good. Worth a trip across the bridge, which only takes maybe 20 minutes from our house.
The next time we went back, we also tried the Fish and Chips – very good, served hot and crisp, lightly battered, tasty fish – and a slice of the Key Lime Pie, which was also very good, although not quite as tart as we like it.