Photo courtesy of The Coop
Nope, National Shrimp Day is not a day to make fun of your shortest friend (save that for Jan. 17, National Hug a Short Person Day, for realz
), it's a day to celebrate the smallest of our crustacean comestibles: the shrimp.
There are two great things about celebrating this food-themed holiday in Florida — and Central Florida in particular.
1. We have amazing local shrimp.
From Key West to the Gulf waters, there's never a reason not to buy local and unfrozen. Places like Lombardi's Seafood and even Publix carry Florida shrimp on the reg. Just make sure they're wild and "never frozen" to make sure yours are top-quality.
2. We live in (or just below, if you're being picky) the American South.
For better or worse, our section of the U.S. is particularly fond of shrimp (see also: Forrest's adopted brother Bubba Gump and his myriad preparations), which means you're never too far away from a dish that will delight.
Here are three spots where you can score our favorite shrimp-based comfort food, shrimp & grits:
610 W. Morse Blvd., Winter Park
Another Broken Egg
Chef Eddie's Restaurant
595 W. Church Street