Cedar Reef Fish Camp is found in the center of strip mall anchored by a Publix. On the outside there is no boathouse décor, no fish themes, nothing flashy. It’s the kind of place you may even just pass by and think nothing of. Inside, however, is a seafood mecca for fresh fish, shrimp and gator fare. Yes, gator. Something we do eat here in Florida. Something I had to try.
There is much debate whether alligator is considered meat in the sense of a land lubber and something a Pescatarian would not eat, or is gator meat considered to be seafood? Either way, I ordered a cup of the Alligator Chowder and it was magnificent. I am not sure if you can really describe food as being magnificent but it was. There was a definite spicy kick (though not too much) and it certainly did not taste like chicken. The gator meat is blackened and thrown into a chowder with potatoes, celery, onions and carrots with a variety of spices.
My main dish was the blackened wahoo sandwich, a special they were running. I loved the meatiness of it and savored every bite. The sandwich is served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, onion, pickles and a side of their spicy volcano sauce.
My friend ordered the blackened yellowtail sandwich, served the same as the wahoo sandwich. It too was also quite meaty and fresh with a slight kick. I often steer clear of anything blackened because blackened normally means more saltiness as well as spicy, but here it was blended nicely and quite mild.
We visited here on a Tuesday night about 8pm and the place was packed. The fish is fresh, the gator chowder is to die for and the joint is crowded.That says a lot about a dive-looking restaurant in a strip mall.The locals sure seem to love it here. There is also a huge selection of seafood pastas, shrimp, crab and oyster dishes. 4 1/2 out of 5 sprouts.