A casual, local and sophisticated fish house.
Neighborhood: Sunset Harbor
Address: 1787 Purdy Ave, Miami Beach
Meal Type: Seafood & Fish Bar
Culinary crusaders Janine Booth, Jeff McInnis, and Grove Bay Hospitality Group brought the whimsical mystery of Stiltsville off the Atlantic Ocean and onto Purdy Avenue in the new Stiltsville Fish Bar.
Ambiance: Casual, local, sophisticated fish house.
Background Music: You’re going to want a beer in your hand and toes in the sand listening to chill, boat day tunes like Jimmy Buffett and Jack Johnson.
What to wear: Keep it causal during the day, you may even see folks heading in wearing shorts and sandals from the marina. For dinner however, this is when you can get a little dolled up and pull out that LBD. (little black dress)
What to expect: We’re going to start with what NOT to expect. You’re not going to find your typical salmon and tuna filets on the menu. McInnis and Booth are out to expand the list of fish you enjoy by serving only the freshest local catch brought in daily, by local fishermen with pinches of Southern and Latin influences throughout the menu. The types of fish you actually see when diving in the Miami waters is what fills two bathtubs at the ‘Fish Market’ entrance. The Market is even open for patrons to walk up and order fish, grab some fixin’s, and take home to prepare themselves.
The menu breakdown: Start off with items from the snacks and small plates menus to share. You can easily create a meal on just these items, but we don’t recommend it cause then you would miss out on the Large Plates such as Shrimp N’ Grits, Surf N’ Turf Burger, and Gremolata & Bone Marrow Crusted NY Strip. You’ll find options for both sea, land, and plant lovers alike. Plus, your menu will come accompanied by a Daily Catch sheet with rotating fish all depending on what came in off the boats that day.
What to order: One of everything. Okay, we’ll try to narrow it down.
From the Snacks menu—the Smoked Fish Dip will have you wanting to tip your waiter extra to get you the recipe, or at least extra of the butter toasted saltines.
Buffalo Fish Wings—this is a part of the fish that always gets overlooked. We know about filets, but once the filet is cut, there’s still all this really great meat that Stiltsville serves up bathed in a chili lime hot sauce and makes you reconsider what you’ll order for your next Sunday foodball game.
Sweet Corn Spoon Bread is warm and delicious with or without the butter poached lobster, however, we highly recommend going all in on this one. Also, go for the Wood Grilled Oysters with a green neck butter & charred sourdough. These two are worth every last carb.
As you are at a Fish Bar, ordering from the Daily Catch is a must. Yellowjack, Black Grouper, Golden Tile, and Mutton Snapper are just a few names that may show up on the rotating menu. Fish is served with a choice of sauce and sides including a Boggy Bayou Aoli, Horseradish Remoulade, Stone Ground Local Grits with Grilled Sweet Corn, and Stiltsville’s take on a Sweet Plantain “Mofongo” Bacon & Garlic Sofrito.
How to score a table: We recommend reservations as this new hot spot is a hit with the locals.