MARION "DOC" FORD is the hero and main character in
several best-selling novels by author Randy Wayne White. A marine biologist & ex-government agent, Doc yearns for the quiet, contemplative - elusive - life of a scientist.A Message from Randy Wayne White
"Before I started writing novels, I used to sell fish right here in the same building where Doc
Ford's is today. For more than 12 years, I was a light tackle fishing guide at Tarpon Bay Marina. I did more than 3,000 charters;
spent 300 days a year boating these waters. When my clients chose not to keep what they'd caught, I'd load the fish in my pick-up,
tap on the back door of this place, and ask if the chef was in a buying mood.
I love the symmetry of that; I helped provide seafood here way back in the 1970s,
and now, because I've joined this excellent team of restaurateurs and staff, I have the opportunity to play a small role
in providing fresh fish here once again. So welcome to Doc Ford's. Just as his novels are inspired by these islands,
his days on the water and the people he came to know, the spirit of this fine establishment was inspired by the marine
biologist who is the main character of my novels.
Doc Ford is the baseball-loving, tropical adventurer who - not so
surprisingly - has spent a lot of time in the same far-flung places that I wrote about when I was a monthly columnist
for Outside Magazine; places like Cuba, Cambodia, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Borneo and all over South and
Central America. It was while traveling for Outside that I came to know and love the superb cuisine of the rural tropics.
I loved the sauces, the spices, the passion that went into the food preparation.