What has ol’Jack been saying since he moved to the isthmus nearly seven years ago? That “Panama really needs a place where you can get a good fish sandwich.”
There is no tradition of sandwich eating in Central America. Unlike the young Jack who carried a lunchbox with a sandwich tucked in a sandwich bag to school every day, (along with an apple and some Oreos), most Panamanians enjoy a hot lunch of chicken, beef or pork atop rice and some beans or lentils.
I’ve looked for a “better than McDonald’s” fish sandwich all over – in the rain.
Guess whut? Our problem’s solved. Just down Ave Central from the pedestrian shopping area, across the street from the Lottery Building and right next door to the beautiful new American Trade Hotel on the (technically) Santa Ana side of Casco Viejo in a vacant lot (believe it or not) Mike Thompson has parked his lunch wagon and opened The Fish Market.
Seated at picnic tables, “Mikey’s”customers enjoy the best darn fish sandwich in Panama. If you think there’s a better fish sandwich, anywhere in this country (that’s mostly coastline) please make your challenge known to ol’Jack at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are other yummy items of the menu, but ol’Jack feels that his quest has been fulfilled and he’s found the informal seafood sandwich grail.
The Fish Market is open Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Thursday (acoustic music night) and Friday until midnight. 6721-6445 for carryout; email@example.com.