Back around a hundred years ago, Sarasota had a collection of fish camps dotting the shoreline. There was an abundance of fish, crabs, clams, oyseters and scallops. I seek out the few fish camps still thriving in Florida, mostly in the southern keys, the panhandle, and near Cedar Key.

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Now, Sarasota has her own authentic fish camp in a charming setting in Burn’s Court. My friends and I love this unassuming little spot for dining inside or out. I enjoy the staff, service and nautical theme.

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The food is great too. My oysters, shrimp and crabs were served in a basket, like the good old days. There is also a tempting pot of low country boil for my next feast at Owen’s fish camp. If you order steak fries, they come with hollandaise. On the more nutritious side, they offer a plate of grilled local vegatables. Collard Greens are served slightly spicy and the fresh green beans are garlicky. I prefer to sip a cold beer with my starter of boiled hot roadside peanuts. There is plenty of free parking, so come early and walk around the delightful area in historic Sarasota. After dinner you can walk a few steps to the Burns Court Owen’s Fish Camp.