1912 Main St, Valrico, FL 33594
Cuisine: Seafood upscale
Cost range: 10.01-20.0
Payment options: Credit cards accepted
Alcohol: Beer and wine only
More in this neighborhood: Brandon
Brandon longtimers won't need an introduction to Willie's, the Place for Seafood (formerly called Fat Willie's — no word on whether this coincided with a change at the scales). Sitting all by itself, the little 1915 building was once a general store, then a post office and finally a classic "fish camp" restaurant. It has gone through some ownership changes in recent years, but its essential character is the same: honest, down-home, faintly New Orleans-tinged, seafood-centric, rib-sticking fare that is unlikely to move anyone's cholesterol in the right direction. The kitchen knows its way around fried fish: clean oil, hot enough to leave batter crisp and greaseless, and a little tangy tartar sauce and scoop of simple cole slaw to contrast all the crunchy lushness. No wonder this quirky bird has managed to weather rough restaurant times.