Friday, March 25, 2011

It's All About the Shrimp

It was Spud's Spring Break.

The Colonel, Spud and I decided to head down to the Ft. Myers Beach area for one day of the break.

We have never been there and we wanted to have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants that now has a second location there.

The restaurant is called Doc Ford's Rum Bar and Grille.

Randy Wayne White owns the restaurants. Randy is a writer and has published many books and has written for many magazines. Doc Ford is a character who is featured in roughly 16 books he has written. The Colonel and I have read all of the Doc Ford books and we have met Randy in person while we lived in Key West (I met him twice) and he has signed two of our books.

One of the other characters in the Doc Ford books is called Tomlinson, a wise hippie who lives on a sailboat in the marina where Doc Ford lives.

Randy's restaurant serves an excellent dish called Yucatan Shrimp (I always order this). It is steamed shrimp in a dressing of real butter, fresh cilantro, mild Colombian chilies and key lime juice (The Colonel found a recipe for this dish on line and we are eager to try it to see how close it is to the original).

Tomlinson traveled to the Bay of Ascension, Quintana Roo, Mexico to fish for bonefish and came back with this great recipe (God bless you, Tomlinson).

A little promotional card stuck in the condiment holder on the restaurant table featured the Yucatan Shrimp. It claimed 'It's all about the Yucatan Shrimp'.

When we left our house the morning of the day trip we had every intention of having our delicious lunch of shrimp and then hitting the beach for a while.

The traffic to the beach was bumper to bumper for several miles. We inched our way to the restaurant's exit which was before the beach exit. Once we reached the restaurant we all decided we would eat our much awaited lunches and then skip the beach altogether.

So I guess our little day trip really was...'all about the Yucatan Shrimp'!


  1. This looks absolutely delicious!

  2. Oh, my! Yummy! It's only 10:15 am, and I'm starving!