Fresh local seafood and Cajun cuisine at Where Y’at Seafood
Looking for the freshest seafood on the Gulf Coast? Or maybe your craving some authentic New Orleans cuisine? Make your way on down to Where Y’at Seafood Market & Restaurant, where you can find local seafood sourced straight from our neighborhood and taste delicious food that will bring you back to Bourbon Street.
Plenty of fresh seafood items are available in the market, including snapper, grouper, cobia and swordfish. “The majority of our fresh seafood is fished locally from the Gulf of Mexico except for a few items such as fresh salmon caught in the Copper River and flown in from AK.” said Will Lumpkin who manages the market side of Where Y’at Seafood. “
At the market, you’ll also find Florida lobster tails, frozen king crab, snow crab, Dungeness crab, smoked tuna dip, East Bay Oysters and fresh bay shrimp out of Pensacola Bay.
Everything about Where Y’at screams local. A best-seller is their big Royal Red shrimp. You can get the shrimp headless deveined or head-on. They also carry fresh Florida clams and scallops.
Their blue crabs come out of Mobile Bay and they are delicious. You can buy them live or pre-boiled.
It doesn’t stop there. You can’t have a Cajun market without selling sausages, boudin and an assortment of seasonings to add flavor to everything from fish to your shrimp boil.
Where Y’at will have crawfish starting next month. Stay tuned to their social media for the start of crawfish season.
The family-owned market and restaurant is all about shopping local and supporting other small businesses along the way.
“We’re a small business and we buy from small businesses,” Will said. “If you’re a small business out there and have a market product, let us know.”
In addition to the market side of the business, Where Y’at also has the restaurant where you can find authentic New Orleans cooking and flavor at its best. Serving cuisine ranging from beignets to Cajun egg rolls, the market and restaurant are located at 4233 Highway 87, five and a half miles north of Navarre Parkway on the west side.
With the holiday season in full swing and the New Year coming up, Where Y’at is excited to offer catering for any type of party from weddings and rehearsal dinners to birthdays, retirements and office parties. They serve seafood boils with crab legs, shrimp and crawfish (when it’s in season), jambalaya, etouffee, gumbo and much more. Where Y’at can bring anything from their menu to your next party in bulk. Customize your catering orders by choosing your favorites a la carte.
“Our catering calendar is filling up for the holiday season, so call now to book,” owner T-Paul Ruiz said. “Choose anything from our menu and we’ll get you a quote.”
Where Y’at has a bar inside the restaurant, where you can get beer and wine. The large covered outdoor area can be used for parties and live music. There is also indoor seating at the restaurant. If you are interested in having a party, event or wedding rehearsal dinner at their event space, call 833-332-8328 and press option 5 for catering. Stay tuned to the restaurant’s Facebook for their upcoming events and live music.
It is definitely a family affair, says Ruiz. His sons, Courtney and Will Lumpkin, manage the place and handle the day-to-day operations of the business, which include the seafood market and the restaurant.
Originally from New Orleans, Ruiz is a 26-year veteran of the United States Air Force who retired as a Chief Master Sergeant. He values both military personnel and first responders and offers them discounts.
He grew up in New Orleans, where he learned to cook at an early age.
Where Y’at Seafood loves to give back to the community. This summer, they donated food for the Sheriff’s Golf Tournament, which raised money for Emerald Coast Exceptional Families. They recently donated a 225 person catering meal to the 23rd STS’s Celebration of Life Anniversary Luncheon honoring fallen hero, SSgt Cole N. Condon.
The team at Where Y’at Seafood has a huge heart for the military.
“I’ve got a little program that if somebody deploys and they come back, I’ll give them a free meal or if their unit deploys, I’ll throw them a party,” said T-Paul Ruiz, owner of Where Y’at Seafood.
If you know of a troop returning from a deployment, give Where Y’at a call at 833-332-8328. If you know of an individual returning from a deployment, tell them to stop by Where Y’at Seafood for a free meal of gratitude.
Where Y’at Seafood Market & Restaurant 4233 Highway 87 Navarre, FL 833-332-8328 whereyatseafood.com W to M: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Closed Tuesday