Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House Promises ‘Real Deal’ in Seafood
New restaurant in Baytowne focuses on the best ingredients available every season
photos by Alissa Aryn
Combining his years of experience as a boat captain with expertise in restaurant management and menu development, longtime Destin native Gary Jarvis and his like-minded son Bryce have the seafood game well in their grasp.
And while they could sit back and bask in the success of their celebrated Sunset Bay Café in Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, the father-son duo chose to venture on and launch a new restaurant in Baytowne Wharf, capitalizing on the amazing views at that location and delivering a new dining experience focused on freshly caught seafood and Southern comfort dishes at their best.
In calling their new venture Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster Bar, the Jarvises selected a name that would speak to their seafaring brethren, as the term “slick lips” is a nickname for amberjack, a reef fish without the large, sharp teeth common to local fishes.
And local is at the very heart of this restaurant, as the fish and seafood are locally caught and brought in fresh off the docks in Destin each day.
As one might imagine from the name, the dishes at Slick Lips are largely focused on fresh seafood and oysters, utilizing each in a way that lets taste and quality speak for themselves.
Starting things off, a full oyster bar menu offers both raw and chargrilled oysters on the half-shell presented in their purest form or adorned with house-made toppings bursting with flavor — everything from rich and fatty chorizo cream with smoked gouda to a smoky-sweet habanero bacon jam.
It’s a deft display of creativity, typical of their starter dishes, from crab cakes topped with fresh mango papaya salsa and Cajun remoulade with crisp-fried sweet potato chips to the smoked cheddar bacon bombs — an unapologetic display of down-home Southern decadence made with scratch-made pimento cheese layered on bacon lardons breaded and deep fried, served with a sweet and creamy chili aioli.
“Our menu really focuses on the best ingredients available every season, and we’re incredibly passionate about using sustainable, quality seafood,” Capt. Jarvis explains. “Fresh-caught, wild fish is the core of our business model, and we aim to provide customers with the real deal.”
That “real deal” is present on every plate, from the abundant array on the seafood platter to the bacon-wrapped amberjack, which takes fillets of the restaurant’s namesake fish and wraps them in applewood smoked bacon, pairing it with sweet potato hash and a warm arugula salad spiced with a rich Creole meunière sauce.
Even in land-based dishes, there is no corner cut, no sacrifice of quality or creativity.
Key lime snapper
Steak and burgers are given equal respect, delivering premium beef flavor in the “Fire Grilled 1855 Angus Ribeye” and in the Slick Burger, a grilled 80/20 certified Angus-beef patty topped with smoked tomato jam, melted smoked cheddar cheese, house-made pimento cheese, sliced bacon and crispy onions served on a brioche bun.
Everything is focused on excellence, and the Jarvises’ passion and respect for ingredients is a vision shared by Executive Chef Jay Ammons.
His attention to detail shows in nearly every component being made fresh daily, from compound butters to flavorful sauces and sweet, fluffy whipped cream used in decadent desserts.
At its core, Slick Lips is a concept driven by sustainability and utilization of locally sourced ingredients.
“We live in paradise, and I feel so blessed to be able to own and operate a business in the area where I grew up,” says Bryce.
“Making people happy is so rewarding, and providing them with great food and good company do just that. That’s really been our ultimate goal here, to give everyone a great experience in a beautiful setting with delicious food.”
And that’s certainly something to make your lips smack in satisfaction.
Slick Lips Seafood & Oyster House
140 Fisherman’s Cove, Miramar Beach | (850) 347-5060 | slicklipsseafood.com