Whether you are local or a visiting tourist, often we are looking for that offbeat restaurant that makes you smile. For a Florida getaway and good food, you might like the following. Where can you get the biggest and best seafood sandwich? Well if you live in Spring Hill, it isn’t far. From St. Petersburg it is a little further. Take U.S. 19 North to highway 50 (Cortez Blvd.) and turn west towards Bayport. Becky Jacks Food Shack is a couple miles past U.S. 19 on the left. It is a quaint, cozy restaurant run by good people. They are closed Monday and Tuesday, but are open from noon Wednesday through Sunday. Word of mouth is how I found this gem near a hotbed of chain restaurants in Spring Hill. My friend and fishing guide took me there before a fishing trip.
This huge crunchy fish sandwich is a whole side of delightful white fish about 9 inches long on a grilled Kaiser roll with lettuce, tomato, and pickle with home made tartar sauce. The crunchy coating is sliced almonds and cornflakes is only exceeded by the tasty moist white fish inside. The fish is large enough for 2 to 3 sandwiches and seems to be the restaurants signature dish.
However, they also serve a nice crunchy Reuben, grilled or blackened fish, crab patties, chicken and BBQ pork. Their hamburgers are awesome at ½ pound with several different versions. Owner/operator Kim and Joe work the kitchen in grand style. Find them on the net at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Their motto is, you hook it, and we cook it.
Becky Jacks Food Shack is a little off the beaten path, but that just means they try harder. For a Florida getaway to a unique restaurant for lunch or dinner, take U.S. 19 North from Pinellas and Pasco Counties to highway 50. Turn West on highway 50 off U.S. 19 for a couple of miles for a most interesting meal. Drive a little further and you can view the Gulf from Bayport park and board walks.