As Seen on TV: Key West Dolphin Sandwich at the Whale's Rib
Well, not quite as seen on TV. On the episode of Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives that featured the Deerfield Beach institution the Whale's Rib, Guy Fieri sampled the Key West dolphin sandwich in fried form. But on a recent visit, a longtime waitress at the Rib told me to try it blackened.
"That's the way I like it, anyway," she said.
I took her advice and ordered the famous sandwich her way. It was stellar.
The Rib starts with dolphin blackened with Cajun-style seasoning. Like all the seafood at the Whale's Rib, it's ultrafresh and full of flavor. The juicy slab is layered into a wheaty bun and topped with creamy purple coleslaw, Thousand Island dressing, and Swiss cheese. The whole thing was so melty, it spilt over the sides of the bun.
In case you're wondering, the sandwich was hella messy. I was covered by the time I finished, but it was well worth it. One of these sandwiches along with a tray of Gulf oysters and a pound or two of stone crab is proof enough why the Whale's Rib was featured on Food Network.