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Maribeth Renne: The Old Fish House is full of history, music and good eating |

Maribeth Renne: The Old Fish House is full of history, music and good eating

If The Old Fish House could talk, just imagine the mesmerizing stories she’d share about 100 years of residence alongside the Indian River Lagoon.


She could tell us about the early days when entire families slept on their fishing boats. We’d hear tales about the break of morning on the river, when husbands took those same boats and joined the fishing fleet going out to sea while families stayed behind with wives working hard in the fish house, processing fish. Children went to school and played as children do before the family all reconvened back at their boat, their floating home.

Many years later, this part of the lagoon is known as the Treasure Coast Marina, where The Old Fish House bar and grill is a lively place with local musicians playing bluegrass, rock, country and top 40 on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons on the outdoor dining deck.

Inside dining rooms with views of the lagoon feature many of the artifacts and photos that have survived the years. They tell a visual history of the fishing industry and the families that made it great.

The Old Fish House has adopted modern-day practices, including a happy hour that runs from 2 to 6 p.m. daily with buy-one, get-one-free drinks and special deals on appetizers.

To be good stewards of the Indian River Lagoon, disposable dinnerware is used to limit the amount of harsh chemicals used by commercial dish washers.

Our friendly, efficient server, Mary Kay, schooled us on the history and brought us up to date, sharing the specials and highlights of the menu.

We visited on a Monday evening and learned about the special, bottomless shrimp and salad ($23.99) from 5 to 8 p.m.

This special appealed to our “big eater” who, after enjoying his salad, devoured one large bowl of Old Bay-seasoned shrimp followed by a second of Buffalo-flavored shrimp.

My friend enjoyed the crab cake dinner ($19) that included two large crab cakes and two side dishes. She chose a salad and pressed Cuban bread with delicious guava butter.

A 14-ounce rib eye steak ($25) was juicy and flavorful, cooked medium rare to order, and was served with a yellow rice side and a salad.

If you like chicken, the moist Plantation Key grilled chicken ($15) with grilled pineapple is a good choice. It comes with a flavorless yellow rice that I left behind.

The appetizers, smoked fish dip ($8) and fried green tomato stacks ($7) were good. The tomato stacks were tenderly fried, stacked with bacon and Gorgonzola cheese and topped with more cheese and a vinaigrette glaze.

After the meal, we all agreed we understood and supported the use of disposable dinnerware; however, the flimsy little plastic forks did not seem up to the challenge. We highly recommend an upgraded disposable fork.

Nevertheless, there is much to enjoy at The Old Fish House.

Maribeth Renne dines anonymously at the expense of Treasure Coast Newspapers for #TCPalmSocial. Contact her at maribeth.d.renne@gmail.com or follow @mebpeb on Twitter.

The Old Fish House

Cuisine: American
Address: 5185 S. U.S. 1, Grant
Hours: 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., Friday and Saturday; 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sunday
Phone: 321-727-7007
Alcohol: Full bar
Website: 
www.oldfishhousebarandgrill.com

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