My best girlfriend and I have always had a long-distance relationship. She lives in the same state, but somehow we always end up at least five counties away. Now she's up in Volusia, but we make excuses to see each other regularly. This time, I had to pick up a new car in Palm Beach, so she schlepped down to meet me in Jupiter. Besides, we had lots to catch up on now that she's recently dumped her man and I'm committed to a guy who I hope will be The One. I used our reunion as the perfect excuse to dine at Little Moir's Food Shack, a restaurant I had heard so much about.
small space with tomato-colored walls, tropical artwork, and signs
reading things like "What if the hokey pokey is really what it's all
about?" was here to just have a drink either; they were all about the
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laminated menu and an 11-by-17-inch pink paper poster with daily
specials, I quickly understood why LMFS was so popular. What this
restaurant lacked in square footage, it more than made up for with
offerings: We counted more than a dozen "Shackatizers," easily more than 20
entrees (excepting the eight different ways diners could ask for the
nine different varieties of fresh fish that night), and ten desserts.
We had to ask the server to return twice but finally committed to a
decision. My BFF asked for the sriracha-tinged mac and cheese, sans
chicken, and I went for what the waitress assured me was the house
specialty: sweet-potato-crusted grouper cheeks over greens with mango
chunks and garlic-lime dressing.
Freelance writer Riki Altman eats everything that won't try to eat her first (with exceptions, of course) and dates younger men, older men, and older men who act like young men, along with locals, tourists, illegal aliens, and just plain aliens. Love Bites is a compilation of what happens when her dining and dating ordeals collide. Sometimes, it just ain't pretty.