Exterior of building and steps up to front door at Crazy Fish Bar & Grill in Lake Wales, FL

Crazy Fish Bar & Grill

Crazy Fish Bar & Grill in Lake Wales, featured on Emeril Lagasse's 'Emerald's Florida' show serves fresh, in-season seafood, steak, pasta and hamburgers.

Fresh, never frozen award-winning food served in a super-friendly and eclectic atmosphere. It’s kind of like Key West, only in Lake Wales.

When you pull up to Crazy Fish Bar and Grill, you are greeted by a colorful house-like diner surrounded by tropical landscape, a hand-painted dingy and tropical décor. Although you know you are in Lake Wales, it looks and feels like you are at an oceanfront diner – you can almost smell the saltwater if you close your eyes. The mind game doesn’t stop there.

Walk through the doors and the scent of fresh seafood cooking beckons you to have a seat, while the eclectic décor still has you feeling like you are in Key West. We mean, where else would a giant hand-painted marlin hang above a window? What you won’t see when you enter Crazy Fish is a lot of open seats. This colorful diner is well known and loved by the locals – even Emeril Lagasse has visited during the taping of an episode of his Food Network show, Emeril’s Florida.

Fresh Seafood in Central Florida

We might not be on the coast, but Central Florida still has access to the freshest, tastiest seafood around. Crazy Fish Bar and Grill promises their patrons fresh, never frozen fare. They are able to do that by receiving daily deliveries of fresh Florida seafood from the Atlantic and Gulf coasts, as well as freshwater catfish caught daily right here on our Central Florida Lakes.

The menu features oysters on the half shell, Ahi tuna steak, clam chowder, a grouper sandwich and the all-time customer favorite shrimp dishes, fried, blackened or scampi as you like it. You may notice dishes with red checkmarks; those are their house favorites. You can’t go wrong with a house favorite.

Speaking of house favorites, have you ever tried fried spinach? What was once used as a garnish for their dishes has become a mainstay side dish due to numerous requests. It’s hard to describe, but it’s kind of like cotton candy. It’s light, sort of fluffy and melts in your mouth.

Be sure to try all of their fresh sauces including traditional tartar, cocktail sauce and key lime sauce, which is excellent on crispy golden hushpuppies.

Seating Inside and Outside

The menu isn’t the only place you’ll find options at crazy fish. You’ve also got to decide where you want to dine. Maybe you’re one for a traditional dining room with not so traditional décor like hand painted swordfish and marlin, maybe you want a seat at the bar so you can watch your favorite sports game. If you want to feast in the temperate Central Florida weather, you should check out their deck/patio area or lawn lounge where you’ll find a fire pit and Key West cool bus as a larger than life lawn ornament. No matter where you sit, the food and service will remain the same: fast, friendly and fresh.

Known for its eclectic décor and “classic Florida seafood shack” atmosphere, the friendly service and fresh seafood at Crazy Fish Bar and Grill is well worth the drive. Area patrons return time after time to enjoy this “slice of Key West in Lake Wales,” and after just one visit you will see why Crazy Fish Bar and Grill has been rated among the Top 5 Most Popular Restaurants in Florida by Urban Spoon.

Visit the restaurant website for more information.


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