One day we were driving up and down the Keys to avoid the rain. Around lunchtime we were in the character-less strips of Marathon that have grown out of control and were not looking forward to eating at a chain. Luckily we found out about Fish Tales and pulled right in (just as we were about to pass it at the bridge). We got into the small space and every table was packed (say 10 tables and a small counter). The hostess gave us the menu and the specials list to look at while we waited. After about 5 minutes, it just didn't look like anything would move, so we went back to the car dejected. As we were buckling in, the hostess came out and said she had a table if we were interested...so we ran back in. She told us to trust her, tables move fast. Wedged into our little 2-top, we ordered conch fritters, lobster bisque, beer battered grouper, fried chicken sandwich, cole slaw, and rice and beans. The fritters, like other Keys locations, were big and bready (not tight like hush puppies) and had good sauce. The bisque was delicious--it appeared to be made from pureed lobster (versus chunks) and had more lobster as a result. My fried grouper was very good and served as two meals, as did the beans and rice. The chicken and cole slaw were gone in a snap, and although we were full, we got some home baked cookies from the counter to go. We had great service, lots of beverages, and got in and out of there pretty fast. A few days later driving back from Key West, we stopped in to get a hat, more cookies for the road, and get this--an order of cole slaw to go. According to my partner and side dish afficionado, the cole slaw is more of a Central European flavor (less mayo) and unbelievable. There were other Germanic/Czech hints on the menu as well. Lots of locals eating lunch before rushing back to work on both occasions. Be sure to note the hours!
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