Fried Mullet


Eating fresh seafood was an ordinary thing while growing up in Pensacola. Seafood including plenty mullet. Well, to be honest, more red snapper and shrimp than mullet, but some mullet just the same. We had fried mullet at Chet’s Seafood over the Memorial Day weekend that was far and above the best. We read about Chet’s in a John T Edge Garden & Gun article about the 100 Southern Foods You Absolutely, Positively Must Try Before You Die. He had written about the Fried Mullet Gizzards, but alas, they weren’t on the menu during our visit. No problem, we’ll go back. BTW, the cheese grits were killer and the beans were very good. Next time, I’ll try the cole slaw with fried mullet and grits.

This location is on Navy Blvd, near the Pensacola NAS. Another Chet’s is in nearby Pace and we hear the fried shrimp there is awesome.

Our goal is to visit each of the 100 places mentioned in the Garden & Gun story. We’ve already tried the Waffle House pecan waffle in Avondale Estates and fried pie at The Varsity. I doubt there’s any real difference in pecan waffles at any Waffle House, but the Avondale Estates location is just a block from the original Waffle House, home of the new Waffle House Museum.

Sadly, Kool Korners, one of the 100 on the list, has closed. The long time landmark near Georgia Tech in Atlanta had great Cuban sandwiches. I was lucky enough to have several of those over the years, but never made a picture of it.

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