Oh my gosh! I am so full. Just arrived home after dinner.
Beth texted me several day ago (from Dallas, Tx) to let me know that Fox’s restaurant in South Miami, Florida (less than a mile from me) is closing July 31, 2015. http://www.miaminewtimes.com/restaurants/foxs-sherron-inn-closing-its-sad-but-its-a-reality-77375
Fox’s has been around for seventy-years. For our family it was our regular Friday night “fish fry” spot for many years.
Frank and I had our first date at Fox’s. We were not alone. It was one of those group gatherings. The group gathered for happy hour in a strip mall across the street from the the zoo, which is where all of us worked. After happy hour we migrated to Fox’s for a bite to eat. And more to drink. That was long before I realized that sulfates used to preserve wine caused an allergic reaction in my system.
Generally, I rarely consumed more than one glass of wine during an evening. As a group we may have been celebrating something; and my wine consumption was excessive. That night I became well acquainted with the lady’s room at Fox’s.
Within a short period of time, Frank and I began to frequent Fox’s somewhat regularly with and without kids in tow. Beth had a “real baby” doll. I’m not talkin Betsy Wetsy real; this doll was the size and had the appearance of a seven month old baby. Beth toted that doll everywhere. The waitresses at Fox’s thought it was so adorable; mini Mom Beth and her big baby doll.
Frank regularly ordered a cup of French Onion Soup. Beth preferred clam chowder – with a slice of melted cheese on top. It was a standing order that not even the chef questioned after the first time.
We introduced Thom to Fox’s when he was just days old. The chairs didn’t accommodate the infant carrier and there was not much room on the floor between tables. Thom was proudly placed on the table in his baby carrier until he could sit in a high chair.
Eventually, Molly came along and was introduced to Fox’s too. On Friday nights, everyone ordered the fish fry. Any other night of the week the kids could order from the children’s menu if they wanted to. Molly’s palate was far less predictable than her older siblings.
Beth’s regular was the clam chowder. Any night but Friday, Thom liked the frog legs. Molly explored the menu. One thing everyone agreed upon was desert. Chocolate Mousse served in a tall parfait glass with a dollop of whipped creme. Truth be told the serving glass was more like a champagne flute. Usually, two or three servings of mousse and multiple spoons worked well for the table.
Tonight,the Tuesday special, prime rib, was sold out. Thom and I waited for close to an hour for a table. The place was packed and new dinners where still being seated when we left after 9:00 p.m.
We each ordered the frog legs. They did not disappoint. We were ready for the chocolate mousse (I was going to have a taste from Thom’s). They were out of the mousse. They were also down to about five menus for the whole restaurant. We didn’t get a menu. Or a knife with the bread. Our soup didn’t arrive either(maybe there were no spoons). None of the shortages will dilute the fond memories over the years of family night supper at Fox’s.
In addition to the bar inside and the restaurant; there is an outdoor walk-up window for alcoholic purchases and pick up food orders. Tonight they were selling t-shirts. They were sold out. They ordered another quantity of shirts expected to arrive tomorrow. I’ll try back after work tomorrow.
It’s late. My food has digested a little. I need to arrive early to work tomorrow because my co-worker is on vacation. Jenny usually works the early shift.I work 9:00 – 5:30. Someone needs to be in the IOL room to answer phone calls either from the operating room or a physician.
I am literally dosing off with my fingers on the key board. jdw;hadornl.