The Whale’s Rib has hardly changed in the more than twenty years since I first walked through the door. It was one of the first places that my Dad took me when I moved to South Florida and he raved about their lobster bisque, “whale fries” (homemade, sliced thin, potatoes fried), and fish sandwich. None of that has changed and it is one of those places that I always seem to go when company is here from out of town.
The Whale’s Rib is practically on the actual beach of Deerfield Beach, right across from the pier and is a little place with challenging parking. The food is always worth driving that s-curve a few times. There is nothing fancy about the Whale’s Rib – the inside is a jumble of license plates, pictures, and stuff. There’s nothing fancy about the food either – quality ingredients, prepared as food should be on the beach with plenty of options.
I always start with lobster bisque; they have it down and I always seem to contemplate a second bowl until a fresh fried plate of whale fries is delivered to the table. The raw bar is another easy to choose from start and the oysters and clams come quick and ready to slurp. Iced tea and sodas arrive in personal pitchers and the staff is busy, friendly, and attentive. Our visit was a SCORE for the Hungry Goddess belly since Ipswich Clams were in and I cannot resist those plump little babies when they are perfectly fried and they were P – E – R – F – E – C – T.
The Chicken Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken was a pleasant surprise and got two thumbs up from my friend. Seafood is always my focus so it was interesting to see how they do something other than seafood. My other friend got the Grilled Dolphin Caesar Salad which never disappoints in salad or sandwich form and can qualify as a meal for two.
Simply put, Whale’s Rib is a pleaser for locals and visitors. Want good local, seafood cooked every way you want it? Stop in at the Whale’s Rib at Deerfield Beach and have some whale fries for me.