We don’t mind driving for good food, and the trek to North Miami for Captain Jim’s is totally worth it. This seafood market and restaurant offers a wide array of fresh fish and other delicious selections that will have your taste buds jumping for joy.
First, a warning: Don’t tell your doctor that you’re planning on eating here. There are opportunities to order your seafood grilled or blackened, but honestly, it’s best to leave your diet behind. Fried calamari, fried oysters, fried gulf coast shrimp … order it all. This is especially true if you come in a group, as portions lean large; it’s best for each person to order a few dishes to make the most of your time here.
Menu standouts include bites like the Stone Crab Claws and Conch Fritters, which come with some tasty mustard and tartar sauces on the side. Each of these dishes is a meal on its own, but you should also consider ordering some mains. The Captain’s Tail — the restaurant’s take on Pan Con Minuta — is sure to satisfy sandwich fans and is easily big enough for two people. If you want to go even bigger, set your sights on the Whole Fried Lobster, which is pretty self explanatory.
Like we mentioned earlier, Captain Jim’s offers a variety of fresh fish that can be ordered fried or in a different preparation. Corvina, group and salmon are just a few of the selections that can be ordered grilled to give your heart a break. Avoid making the mistake of skipping sides: While you might be tempted to load up on hush puppies, mashed potatoes, sweet plantains or another substantial side, we suggest opting for something (slightly) lighter like sautéed veggies.
Desserts may be an afterthought for you, but they aren’t for Captain Jim’s. Key lime pie, coconut cream pie and flan all provide a sweet way to end your meal, and you can’t really go wrong with any of them. The night we visited, though, there was a special Bread Pudding, so you may want to ask if they have anything cool going on when you pop in.
North Miami isn’t usually on our radar, but Captain Jim’s is giving us reason to explore the neighborhood more. Good food is worth the drive, and Captain Jim’s definitely fits the bill.