Roy's Restaurant

Fishing at heart of Steinhatchee

Fishing at heart of Steinhatchee

Scallop season is still almost two months away in Steinhatchee, the coastal fishing community in the Big Bend of Florida's Gulf Coast.

You needn't love fishing to enjoy Steinhatchee (pronounced "steen"-hatchee), but a tolerance of the sport and its lifestyle is required. Unlike other Gulf Coast destinations such as Cedar Key, about 70 miles south, Steinhatchee offers little in the way of a downtown business district. No quirky art galleries or souvenir shops here.

Fortunately, two restaurants offer tastes of the fresh catches hauled ashore by local fishermen. I stopped at Roy's Restaurant (, where I sampled a fried shrimp lunch basket ($9.61) at...