Local Grouper Flourishing From Gulf to Grills

Underwater Update chronicles popularity of area seafood favorite

Thursday, October 14, 2010

St. Pete/Clearwater, FL (October 14, 2010) - Throughout this summer's Underwater Updates we've taken you down under the Gulf of Mexico, showcasing the flora and fauna that call St. Pete/Clearwater's artificial reef system home. Now, instead of diving in---we're digging in.

In our latest installment, we ventured out to one of the area's most popular seafood spots to watch them serve up a bevy of fresh caught local grouper to give you a glimpse of how this divine delicacy goes from the Gulf to the grill.

The Friendly Fisherman Restaurant is one of several that serve coastal cuisine out of John's Pass---the waterway between Treasure Island and Madeira Beach, fittingly hailed as the 'Grouper Capital of the World.' 

When it comes to how your grouper is served, it's pick your passion. Fried is the traditional favorite, but grilled, broiled, sauted and Cajun-style are also popular. 

And while there are more than 10 different types of grouper, Red, Black and Scamp are typically what are served in restaurants---and in St. Pete/Clearwater, you can bet that it's just been fished off our shores. With all due respect to Jimmy Buffett's iconic 'Cheeseburger in Paradise,' we're singing the praises of fresh grouper. 

The underwater project is among the latest in VSPC's efforts to deliver the message that the St. Pete/Clearwater area is wholly unaffected by the BP Oil Spill. To see the first four video updates from this summer, visit our "Wide Open Beaches" landing page. 

Visit St. Pete/Clearwater is the destination marketing organization for Pinellas County, Florida. 

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For more information: VisitStPeteClearwater.com
Contact: Public Relations Manager: Josh@VisitSPC.com
Phone: 727.464.7223

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