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In search of the best grouper sandwich in Tampa Bay, Florida

TAMPA — “Ask any Floridian the definition of heaven, and they will tell you: a sunset over the Gulf, a cold beer, and a giant grouper sandwich,” says Lori Kizer, who has lived in the Sunshine State for more than 30 years.

What clam chowder is to Bostonians, the grouper sandwich is to folks in the Tampa Bay area. If you don’t know from grouper, here’s a quick primer: There are about 85 species of this fish, and many are overfished, so the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch recommends red and black grouper from the Gulf of Mexico as responsible choices. This is what they are catching locally, we are told. Often, the fishing boats are right outside the door.

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