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Owl Café

Soft shelled crab special

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Located in a behemoth clapboard building on a prime corner in downtown Apalachicola, this old-fashioned, charming lunch-and-dinner spot pleases modern palates, both in the white-linen elegance of the dining room and in the colorful garden terrace. The food is an artful blend of old and new as well: the chicken wrap seems as much at home on the lunch menu as the crab quesadillas. Dinner seafood specials are carefully prepared and include lump-crab cakes, Atlantic salmon, and authentic jambalaya. Fine wines for adults and special menu selections for children along with a cluttered gift shop make this a family-friendly place. Later, the mood shifts to a casual lounge setting with a full bar—and if the liquor bar lacks enough choices there's a 3,000-bottle wine cellar featuring 250 selections from around the world.

Updated: 05-12-2014

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    My boyfriend and I had dinner there Saturday night 11/20/09. While the service was good, the menu left VERY MUCH to be desired. It was limited to grouper and Mahi Mahi for the fresh fish offering. This is a town on the gulf? Where is all the good fresh fish? Not at The Owl! I ordered an angle hair pasta with tomatoes, spinach and garlic with shrimp. It was in a very very soupy runny chicken broth. It never clung to the pasta!! The broth remained at the bottom of the bowl. Get a clue, pasta's are to be served with a sauce, not a runny broth!!! I tried to load it down with parm to make it sauce-like but it just didn't work. My boyfriend's meal was equally unimpressive. A type of fish stir-fry that just didn't work well together. I will compliment the green ranch homemade salad dressing but otherwise, this place needs to ramp up it's menu and get a new chef that can make sauces. Pretty disappointed, and this was the 2nd restaurant we went to that night. The first one we walked out of was The Parrot Inn on St. George Island. Very very unremarkable food choices in the Panhandle for me thus far and I've been there twice for 10 days and 1 week at a time!

    by laloo229, 11/30/09

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