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Dec 25, 2010 05:20 PM

A. P. Bell Fish in Cortez- worthless after Tom died

Tom was a straight shooter and fastidiously honest to Walter, the owner, even after I dragged Tom out of the refrigerator and slapped him and pounded his chest to make him red instead of purple, 2 years ago. But Tom died 2 weeks ago.
The crabs I bought there Thursday and bragged about here yesterday and ate today, truly sucked. All but raw.
Walter, Karen, and Caroline, wake up.
I miss Tom. And others do, also. And he had your boat afloat.

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    1. Tom was where the rubber met the road with their retail operation, including simple things like bringing stone crabs to a full boil. I have no doubt that many others had a rude negative experience with stone crabs from Bell last Thursday, they are done in batches of about 100 pounds and I bought 3. Tom's death trivializes my $49 of crabs, and the camera I bought to photograph them, and my ruined Christmas dinner. I won't complain, but I hope that A.P. Bell Fish will get its house in order. One of the floor guys hit me up for a $5 tip for filleting a single gray grouper and the owners' family spends only enough time with me to calculate my bill to the penny.
      The only one I'll miss there is Tom.

      1. re: Veggo

        Veggo, The" mandatory tips" are getting annoying. I bought 3 Black Grouper a few weeks ago and an unnamed employee was not exactly happy with the$12.00 tip I gave him for about 15 minutes work, and besides he is on the clock with A.P. Bell. The staff is getting a little greedy with a tip expected by the guy who pulls the fish from the walk-in, I could, and do, pull my own fish, the tips for the cutter, and I believe the guy who filled my cooler with ice also "would not refuse a gratuity.

        1. re: ospreycove

          Interesting. I also pull my own fish and as I mentioned above I once pulled Tom from the refrigerator. I'm not sure how aware Walter is or isn't that so many of his retail customers are getting shaken down, and I will enlighten him. A fillet station with a posted price for the service would be a good idea. In any case, that whole area is totally non-compliant for retailing to the public and the way I feel at the moment, it wouldn't bother me if they were tagged for a littany of code violations.