Occasionally you run into a restaurant that complicates a method to describe it. This is the case with Deal’s Famous Oyster House in Perry, Florida. Perry is in the coastal big bend area of Florida in Taylor County, which has less that 25,000 people in the entire county. It seems most of them are at Deal’s most of the time!
Deals has been serving the county for almost 60 years. My guess is that not much has changed! They still serve oysters and shrimp as fresh as you can get them out of the Gulf, plus smoked mullet considered a delicacy by the locals. They serve oysters about a dozen different ways, one of which is oyster stew – just oysters, cream, butter and the juice from the oysters. Absolutely delicious! The menu is large but as country as you will find in the area with plenty of grits, hush puppies and strawberry pie!
One thing you cannot describe is the hospitality. As you walk in the door a voice rings out, “In these doors come the finest people in the world”! Whichever employee is closest to the door will repeat the same phrase. And, as you leave, there are sincere “Thank You’s” from everyone! The people are real, down home, southern hospitality at it’s finest!
Is this place fancy, no. Is this place serving you on silver platters, no. Is the food honest, clean and fresh, yes! Are the people hard working with southern charm, yes. I will guarantee one of the waitresses will ask,” Sweetie, would you like grits, hush puppies, swamp cabbage, fries or sweet potato fries for your sides?”!