By Laura Holloway
Aug. 6, 2022
SANDESTIN – Slick Lips might be the nickname given to the toothless Amberjack fish, but the menu at Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House has plenty of bite. Chargrilled oysters with chorizo cream and smoked gouda? This is the kind of dish other dishes want to be, and Slick Lips features a menu full of these taste excursions.
Located in The Village of Baytowne Wharf, Slick Lips offers lunch and dinner dining every day of the week, with a full bar, oyster bar, and private dining options available for large parties or special events. Father-son team Gary and Bryce Jarvis created a dining experience that feels casual with a menu that tastes anything but. Freshly caught seafood, locally sourced ingredients, a family-friendly environment, and “some of the best customer service in town” draws people in and brings them back again and again.
“We take care of the people in our care,” Bryce explained. “And we have sustainably sourced seafood and handcrafted cocktails by the best bartender in town.” (A fact proven by a recent award presented to Slick Lips for Best Bartender, along with the award for Best Locally Owned Seafood Restaurant.)
That care for customers, mixed with a real passion about quality seafood (the senior Jarvis is a seasoned Gulf fisherman), makes Slick Lips a favorite among locals and visitors alike. The only thing that might top the experience is the menu, where there’s truly something for everyone.
A trip to a Southern coastal town isn’t complete without an order of crab cakes, and Slick Lips serves theirs alongside mango and papaya salsa, and Cajun remoulade. Or, make a wise choice of Smoked Cheddar Bacon Bombs, made with house-made smoked pimento cheese with bacon lardons, breaded and deep fried to heavenly perfection, and served with sweet chili aioli. And no gathering with friends is complete without an order of crab claws (fried Southern style with cocktail sauce or sautéed with lemongrass coconut curry cream and charred French bread). Mains include such coastal culinary artistry as the Bacon Wrapped Amberjack (wrapped in applewood smoked bacon with creole meunière sauce over mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables, the Crab Crusted Grouper (blackened grouper crusted with smashed crab cake over roasted corn maque choux veggies and citrus beurre blanc), and Scallops and Grits (with cheddar-gouda grits served in a smoked bacon tomato cream sauce).
The turf options are equally as appetizing, such as the Parmesan Crusted Chicken (pan seared golden brown and served over mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables) and the Cajun Pork Chop (Cajun spiced, grilled bone-in center cut, served with mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables), and the Slick Burger (a grilled blend of brisket, short-rib and angus, smothered in smoked tomato jam, smoked cheddar pimento cheese, bacon, and crispy onions). Even a salad can feel like a full meal, like the Warm Spinach Salad (with fried crawfish tails over strawberries, red onions, spiced pecans, bacon lardons, and goat cheese tossed in a bacon balsamic vinaigrette).
It’s worth leaving room for dessert (white chocolate and raspberry bread pudding, or salted caramel cheesecake), and to fully satisfy the strongest oyster cravings, visit the Oyster Bar (and make sure to try the Oysters Baytowne: crispy fried oysters on charred French bread, topped with Rockefeller cream sauce, crispy bacon, and Parmesan cheese).
Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House is located at 140 Fishermans Cove in Baytowne Wharf and is open seven days a week, noon to 10 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and noon to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations are not accepted but to-go orders are available for pickup and can be placed by visiting www.slicklipsseafood.com or calling 850-347-5060.