Captain Frank’s Seafood Market, owned by Joey Sclafani, is where I go when I have a hankering for Key West pink, Canaveral or Mayport shrimp. Or pumpkin swordfish or littleneck clams or stone crabs.
Captain Frank’s is a little place, hard off the I-95 exit into Boynton Beach, Fla. A long counter stretches across the ice bins, which have hand-written signs and maybe a fresh pink snapper lunging toward you from the other side of the glass. At one end of the market is everything from pasta to red sauce, capers, anchovies, Italian bread and minced garlic. On the opposite side, there is a large bubbling tank full of live Maine lobsters and golden crabs. The whole place smells like the ocean.
The seafood here is fresh and wild—not farmed—and Joey always points me to the special stuff: the first northern bay scallops or soft shell crabs, maybe a nice hog snapper he just got in. He cuts my fish himself and tells me how to cook what I buy—just like his mom did when she was alive.
I still have a little card on my refrigerator his mom wrote out for me maybe six years ago, which says: Bake 375 degrees, little H2O, 15 min., broil 5 min. It was her no-fail way to make Florida lobster tails. She never let me down; Joey never does either.
Captain Frank’s Seafood Market
435 W Boynton Beach Blvd.
Boynton Beach, FL 33435
Editor’s note: This article is one in a series highlighting Small Business Saturday, a U.S.-nationwide event that encourages shoppers to buy locally on Saturday, Nov. 29. SUCCESS is celebrating by showcasing some of our favorite small businesses around the country—what makes them special to us, why we keep coming back and why we want them to stick around. Will you join the movement to support your favorite neighborhood shop?