We drove to cedar Key a day before the Art Show, and after a libation, we strolled over to the main staging area while the artists were still setting up. We saw a couple of people we knew, and they told us to go try the clam chowder. We walked in to a small room, not knowing what to expect, and
got the "stare" from the locals. Yeah, we're tourists, but we're also native Floridians and part of my
extended family is buried in the next county over, we felt right at home. I think it was the smell of fish and shrimp that was embedded in the walls (in a nice way of course). We had a fresh salad, and my friend had the scallops while I opted for the shrimp, fish, and scallops served over rice with
okra, tomatoes, Cajun style. We both ordered the chowder. Wow.
I could burn a few hundred words about how good this was, but what really sold us was the attitude of the servers. The guys did not suffer fools, and they were just getting it done.
We had lunch the next day, and it was packed wall to wall. Luckily they recognized us, and let us in. Just another great meal, and the staff was hustling to feed as many as they could. We tried the cold shrimp and they were both huge and tasty.
The last night of the show was Sunday, and the rain that had magically held off all day, started to
pour down. We had driven to a nearby town for a piece of electronic gear, and arrived back in Cedar Key about the time it slacked off. Oh Yeah, back for one more meal, this time with a very thin crowd. We shared a carafe of the house red, did some more serious seafood eating and congratulated ourselves on a true find. I'm shipping the chowder to friends for Christmas presents.
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April 20, 2013
A great big THANK YOU from all of us here at Tony's. Your review is SUPER! I can feel your passion for your dining experience here just in your words alone. So glad you enjoyed your salad, cajun medley (one of our most popular favorites), the lunch, the shrimp and all the seafoods we feature. I do appreciate your spending a few minutes telling the TA community just how much you enjoyed not only your food, but your service as well. This means a great deal to all of us that work so hard each and everyday to give everyone of our diners the best food and level of service possible. Clearly you could see it and I'm so glad for that. Please return again soon and your status of a "regular" is noted and very, very appreciated.
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