They now have a bar inside the restaurant serving beer and wine. Another addition is the large covered outdoor area that can be used for parties and live music. If you are interested in having a party, event or wedding rehearsal dinner at the new event space, call 833-332-8328 and press option 3 for catering.
Crawfish season is in full swing at Where Y’at, where they’re serving crawfish hot and ready, imported straight from Louisiana since January.
Where Y’at Seafood Market is where you can find authentic New Orleans cooking and flavor at its best without going to Louisiana. With cuisine ranging from beignets to Boudin balls, the family-owned market and food truck is at 4233 Highway 87, five and a half miles north of Navarre Parkway on the west side.
Where Y’at Seafood is a destination for anyone who loves Cajun and creole cooking. 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 Cajun food.
Ruiz noted that he offers a free meal to anyone coming back from a deployment and will throw a party for a group coming back from a deployment.
Ruiz grew up in New Orleans and learned to cook at an early age, and he frequently cooked for events on base while he was in the Air Force.
His stepsons, Courtney and Will Lumpkin, help manage the business, which features a seafood market and a restaurant where you can eat lunch or dinner inside or under the covered eating area.
Plenty of fresh seafood items are available in the market including snapper and grouper as well as other popular fish caught locally in the Gulf of Mexico. You’ll also find lobster and shrimp in the market. There’s even a gift shop.
In addition, Where Y’at offers catering for anyone in need of some delicious Cajun cuisine in bulk for crawfish or shrimp boils.
The restaurant menu has plenty of options, featuring Ruiz’s own recipes. Cajun egg rolls, truffle fries tossed in Cajun seasoning, red beans and rice, crawfish etouffee and seafood gumbo are all available as well as boiled seafood, which you can even have prepared Viet-Cajun style. That involves having the seafood tossed in garlic butter mixed with Asian flavors such as ginger and lemongrass.
Tasty dessert options such as Nana Bren’s World-famous Cheesecake or Gone Bananas Pudding will put the exclamation point on your meal.
Where Y’at is known for their authenic beignets. Come enjoy these delicious deep-fried pastries sprinkled with powdered sugar. They’ll make you feel as if you were walking down Bourbon Street yourself.
“We’re always tweaking our recipes and making them the best they can be,” Ruiz said.
It’s why Where Y’at is where you need to be for the best in New Orleans style cooking right here in Navarre.
Where Y’at Seafood Market & Restaurant
4233 Highway 87, Navarre, FL 32566
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.