It was Cinco de Mayo. And Taco Tuesday. Margarita Martes, too. So naturally, we craved fish camp dishes: fried clam strips, silent pups, grilled shrimp and the like. So, as Phase 1 of Florida’s grand reopening took its toll on restaurants, I stopped by Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen in Winter Park to satisfy the craving.
The phone was off the hook so I had to stick my head in the restaurant to let the masked hostess know I was there for my curbside pickup. As I walked back to my car, a friendly waiter had prepared my order.
Ten minutes later I was home enjoying fried clams, grilled scallops, Florida shrimp and Atlantic cod. I put these pepper pups in my mouth and also scooped up a cabbage fork or two with it. Honestly, I was happy to see Reel Fish still in operation – Winter Park Fish Co. just down the street has been closed throughout the pandemic.
Fred Thimm, owner of Reel Fish, says they have survived on take-out and delivery for the past two months, but only through “draconian and unsustainable methods to cut overhead”. Thimm adds, “The guests have inspired us with their loyalty and support.” Long live the nueva normal.
(Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen and Bar, 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-543-3474, realfishcoastal.fr)
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