Monday, December 20, 2010

Whale's Rib, Deerfield Beach - Captain Ahab would gladly dine here

Whale’s Rib
2031 NE 2nd Street
Deerfield Beach, Florida 33441
Open Monday through Thursday and Sunday: 11 a.m.-11 pm
Friday and Saturday: 11 a.m.-12 a.m.

It’s not gourmet but Whale’s Rib dishes up some basic seafood at reasonable prices – and it’s fresh.

Shrimp, scallops, fish, fried seafood platters, sandwiches, and raw bar selections highlight a large menu priced from about $10 to $25. A combo seafood platter ($25) with lobster, a clam Casino, an oyster Rockefeller, shrimp and scallops is large enough a meal to be shared. Popular sides are black beans and rice. Fries here, resembling homemade potato chips and served with honey mustard, are excellent.  One caveat: stay away from the shrimp po-boys. Made with a few shrimp cooked tempura style (yikes) and thrown on a soft roll similar to a hotdog’s (oh dear) is as far away from the traditional Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans variety as one can get. They should take it off the menu; it’s tasteless.

Whale’s Ribs hosts a loyal and spirited bar crowd but it’s also family friendly and ultra casual.  A raw bar (away from the drinking area) seats four or five. Food Network's Guy Fieri stopped in a couple of years ago to do an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It was a well-deserved media hit for the restaurant.
Service: good. Parking: tight.
Did you know Food Network has nearly 1000 seafood recipes?

Tags: Deerfield Beach seafood restaurants, South Florida seafood, South Florida dining

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We know the Whale's Rib specializes in seafood, however, we have regular guests at the Deerfield Buccaneer Resort Apartments, right around the corner, that say their chicken wings are the absolute BEST! Who woulda thought? Reports back are that the staff is family friendly and always have a smile on their face! We feel very fortunate to have them in our neighborhood!