A curbside fishing lodge solution from the Winter Park Reel Fish Coastal Seafood House | Food and Drink Stories | Orlando

It was Cinco de Mayo. And Tuesday Taco. Marguerite Martes, too much. So naturally, we craved fish camp dishes: fried clam strips, hush puppies, grilled shrimp and more. So, as Phase 1 of the Florida grand reopening took its toll on restaurants, I stopped by Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen in Winter Park to satisfy the urge.

The phone was off the hook so I had to poke my head around the restaurant to let the masked hostess know I was there for my curbside pickup. As I returned to my car, a friendly waiter had prepared my order.

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  • Photo via Reel Fish Coastal / Instagram
  • The ‘Fish Camp Classic’

Ten minutes later, I was home and enjoying fried clams, grilled scallops, Florida shrimp, and Atlantic cod. I put these peppery puppies in my mouth and also had a fork or two of cabbage with them. Honestly, I was happy to see Reel Fish still on duty – Winter Park Fish Co. just down the road has been closed throughout the pandemic.

Fred Thimm, owner of Reel Fish, says they have survived on take out and deliveries for the past two months, but only through “drastic and unsustainable methods of reducing overhead.” Thimm adds: “Customers have inspired us with their loyalty and support.” Long live the new normal.

(Reel Fish Coastal Kitchen and Bar, 1234 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-543-3474, reelfishcoastal.com)

This story appears in the May 13, 2020 print edition of Orlando Weekly. Our small but powerful team is working around the clock to bring you news on how the coronavirus is affecting Central Florida. Please consider supporting this free publication with a one-time or monthly donation. Every little bit counts.

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