July 12, 2020
4728 Ocean St
Atlantic Beach, Florida 32233
Seafood restaurants have been part of the Mayport tradition since the very early days. You can be assured that the seafood you are being served is fresh, right from the boat.
Singleton's Seafood Shack continues the tradition and has been doing so since 1969.
This is Old Florida dining, not fancy, lots of fried stuff, and styrofoam serving plates and bowls and plastic knives and forks and spoons.
All of this in a rundown looking building on the bank of the St Johns River. It is called a shack for a reason, so don't be turned down by the ramshackle appearance.
The restaurant was featured not long ago on the Food Network's Guy Fieri show - Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.
Singleton's is a mish-mash of unpainted lumber and plywood that defines its shacky appearance. It has a big dining room, outside dining deck and a museum annex that features more than 100 ship models made by the original owner.
The waitresses have been around for awhile and all know my name: hon, sweetheart, darlin....how did they know? Their greetings underscore the southern nature of the food and service. All meals are served with great hushpuppies, and the vegetable of the day is quite often collard greens.
Clams and clam chowder are always on the menu, and one of their specialties is Minorcan Clam Chowder. Minorcans were among the earliest settlers of St. Augustine and Mayport.
When you visit, don't forget to try their blackened gator tail appetizer. It's definitely the best way to prepare and cook this reptile.
Other fresh offerings include shrimp, crawfish, crablegs, scallops, oysters, crab legs and clam strips. You get to see all of the fresh fish in a display counter, and you know that most of them came in from the fishing boats tied off behind the restaurant. You can watch the cooks prepare your food right behind the fresh fish counter.
The restaurant has a full bar, so you can enjoy your favorite adult beverage while you gorge on fresh seafood.
Singleton's is open Sunday through Thursday 10am-9pm, and Friday and Saturday 10am-10pm.