For seafood and comfort food lovers – this is the place for you! Located in the iconic, stunning and historic Farmers Market building in the heart of Old Town Petersburg and self-described as “The Soul of Seafood”, Croaker’s Spot serves a variety of seafood dishes, in very generous portions. Not a fish lover? No problem, there are also plenty of other options for you on the extensive menu. Other highlights include the delicious homemade lemonade and limeade, along with the incredible cornbread. Save room for some Bread Pudding too!
“A lot of people think the place is named after the fish called croaker, but it’s not,” says Neverett Eggleston III, owner of Croaker’s Spot restaurant. “Croaker was a man from Jackson Ward who moved up to Harlem and opened a restaurant he called Croaker’s Spot. His story inspired me, and that’s one of the reasons we call our place Croaker’s Spot.”
Eggleston, who comes from a family of restaurateurs, is unequivocal when asked what the best dish in his restaurant is: “The Eggleston’s Fried Fish Boat, served smothered in green peppers and onions with steamed red potatoes and hot cornbread dipped in our hot-buttered soul sauce washed down with lemonade!” But the renowned seafood dishes aren’t all Croaker’s Spot has to offer: they serve a selection of scrumptious sandwiches and breakfast dishes all day.
“As a restaurateur, it’s hard to beat Old Towne; the cobblestone streets, the restaurant community, the antique shops…you just gotta fall in love with what you see down here!” Eggleston says. “And I think we fit in well because we built up from scratch – all our food is homemade, and we serve it with that good Southern hospitality.”