Midtown X Memphis, TN
Indian Pass is a small community located between the entrance to Indian Pass Lagoon and a narrow passage formed by St. Vincent Island, where water from the west end of Apalachicola Bay flows into the Gulf of Mexico.
This remote, pristine area has been the source of fresh seafood and oysters since local natives gathered there to harvest and enjoy it. The rich, fertile estuary of Apalachicola Bay creates the home for what The New York Times, Garden and Gun, and Field and Stream have called “the best oysters in the world.” Now, part of the “Florida Forgotten Coast,” Indian Pass is still remote by most standards and symbolizes a seafood tradition born from the rich history of this area: simple, but good.
The Indian Pass Raw Bar tradition traces its roots back to the Indian Pass Trading Post that began near Indian Pass, Florida, in 1929. The trading post operated as a commissary store for area turpentine industry workers. The original family restaurant business began in the 1930s when Mrs. Gypsie McNeill began serving noon meals and catered dinner parties on the east end of the trading post.
The McNeill family was extensively engaged in the oyster wholesale business until 1986 when hurricane Kate destroyed much of the area’s wholesale oyster industry. Discovering that they had too many oysters to eat themselves, but not enough to wholesale, the McNeills decided to keep the Trading Post open as the Indian Pass Raw Bar. Focused on the principle of “Simple but Good,” the McNeills provided the freshest, most delicious seafood to generations of locals and travelers looking to “get away from it all” and retreat to a relaxed, friendly environment. Much of the seafood served was caught the same day, brought in from their leased site on Apalachicola Bay.
Today, we bring you the same “Simple but Good” experience that the McNeills have nurtured for so many years. Beyond the hustle and bustle of tourist destinations along the Florida Gulf Coast there is a remote haven at the junction of Highway 30A and 30B called Indian Pass Raw Bar, where you can enjoy simple but good food and drink with friends and family. We want you to enjoy that fun, relaxed experience here at our home in Memphis.
2059 Madison Ave
Memphis, TN 38104
Friday & Saturday 11:00am-11:00pm