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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.

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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.

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