JB Fish Camp | Elsewhere | Seafood



It’s a great temptation to spend too much time describing the fun of JB’s Fish Camp or the fun of eating fresh seafood along the Indian River with moored boats and pelicans flying overhead. It’s not exactly the kind of place to attract hordes of yuppies. It is a real fishing camp, where you can buy bait and tackle. Look elsewhere for architectural monuments or a chic atmosphere.

The restaurant itself is simply a medium sized log cabin with a tin roof. You park your car on a dirt road which may have a few hungry dogs lying around. When you walk into JB, it gets a little more chic; Tiffany lamps hang from the ceiling, but they are actually advertisements for beer.

The restaurant itself is simply a medium sized log cabin with a tin roof. You park your car on a dirt road which may have a few hungry dogs lying around. When you walk into JB, it gets a little more chic; Tiffany lamps hang from the ceiling, but they are actually advertisements for beer.

Apparently the place is not too kid friendly. A sign warns that “unsupervised children will be used as bait for crabs”. Unlikely, as you usually don’t see a lot of kids around JB. What you see is a lot of locals, bikers and others fishing for fresh, well-prepared and well-served seafood.

Apparently the place is not too kid friendly. A sign warns that “unsupervised children will be used as bait for crabs”. Unlikely, as you usually don’t see a lot of kids around JB. What you see is a lot of locals, bikers and others fishing for fresh, well-prepared and well-served seafood.

On several visits, the lightly breaded crabcake sandwich ($ 5.25) has never disappointed me. The seemingly homemade tartar sauce in large bottles is subtle enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the tender crabmeat.

On several visits, the lightly breaded crabcake sandwich ($ 5.25) has never disappointed me. The seemingly homemade tartar sauce in large bottles is subtle enough that it doesn’t overwhelm the tender crabmeat.

One evening for dinner I tried the Pompano Fillet ($ 14.95) which was a lovely piece of perfectly grilled fish. Corn on the cob was not available, but the sweet corn served as a side dish was fine, if not very unusual. The rice was accompanied by red peppers which gave it just the good peppery taste. And the crunchy, slightly sweet hush puppies were some of the best I have ever had.

One evening for dinner I tried the Pompano Fillet ($ 14.95) which was a lovely piece of perfectly grilled fish. Corn on the cob was not available, but the sweet corn served as a side dish was fine, if not very unusual. The rice was accompanied by red peppers which gave it just the good peppery taste. And the crunchy, slightly sweet hush puppies were some of the best I have ever had.

Once, to test the waters you might say, I decided to try one of JB’s two steak offerings. The 8-ounce sirloin ($ 8.95) was a really nice, lean, juicy piece of meat, well done as ordered.

Once, to test the waters you might say, I decided to try one of JB’s two steak offerings. The 8-ounce sirloin ($ 8.95) was a really nice, lean, juicy piece of meat, well done as ordered.

The only criticism I had that night was that the “Cajun Onion Chains” ($ 2.50 as a side) were mushy, mushy, and unappetizing.

The only criticism I had that night was that the “Cajun Onion Chains” ($ 2.50 as a side) were mushy, mushy, and unappetizing.

The only dessert offered is the lime pie ($ 3). This homemade pie was pale yellow, had a great crust, and was not overwhelmingly sweet.

The only dessert offered is the lime pie ($ 3). This homemade pie was pale yellow, had a great crust, and was not overwhelmingly sweet.

Service here has always been quick and efficient. Good Canadian Molson beer is on tap ($ 1.60 a glass or $ 6.50 a pitcher).

Service here has always been quick and efficient. Good Canadian Molson beer is on tap ($ 1.60 a glass or $ 6.50 a pitcher).

Fresh beer and simply prepared fish, served briskly in a fun atmosphere – some may prefer something more fancy and it is certainly not to everyone’s taste, but I just have to bite the hook anytime.

Characteristics: Beer, Alcohol, Al fresco dining, Dinner, Lunch, Take-out, No reservation

Price: $
Type of payment: Amex, Discover, Master Card, Visa

No reservations accepted


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