Ah, the Florida Keys. The Keys, the collection of islands (or archipelago) off the southeastern coast of the state, is home to a staggering and diverse array of cuisines, including the signature dish of the islands, Key Lime Pie. There’s a lot more to Keys dining than pie, though. Read on.
Dining in the Florida Keys: Marathon
Marathon, a centrally located city in the midst of the Florida Keys, is home to our relaxing resort, aptly named The Hammocks at Marathon™. It’s also the home of some terrific eats.
All menu items are fresh daily at this fresh fish market and tiki-style dining establishment. Other than fresh fish, you can enjoy seafood salad, soup, sandwiches and the changing daily special.
Built specifically to serve those in a vacation home, this market offers staples for gourmet picnics like international cheeses, as well as bread, drinks, condiments and more. The grill next door has classy but casual fare like burgers, meatloaf, pot roast, filet mignon and traditional pizza.
Sweet Savannah’s is an ice cream café, gourmet cupcake maker and cake bakery, all rolled into one. It’s the go-to place for delicious dessert in Marathon. Yes, they have real Key Lime pie, and if you’re in need of a custom cake, Sweet Savannah’s will create it.
Dining in the Florida Keys: Key West
Key West is ostensibly a tourist island. However, this popular destination has some spectacular dining experiences, especially if you go off the beaten path and explore a little.
Southern-style cooking is the name of the game at Firefly, including delicious fried chicken, shrimp & grits, biscuits & gravy, and okra. And the breakfast is to die for.
This raw bar and restaurant offers fresh oysters, clams and shrimp cocktail on the raw side, and wonderful seafood and meat appetizers, sandwiches and main courses.
Casual yet elegant, Hot Tin Roof overlooks Key West Harbor and mixes Florida and Caribbean cuisine for a terrific fine dining experience.
Nothing like a great burrito place, and Bad Boy Burrito is one of the best. Key West pink shrimp is one of the choices, as is marinated steak, spicy vegetables or even vegan style with tofu and mushrooms. Or, try the corn tacos.
Bring a taste of Philly back to the Keys with this cheesesteak joint that also offers pizza and Stromboli. That’s quite a mouthwatering combination.
Dining in the Florida Keys: Islamorada
Islamorada, literally Island Home, is a village of islands connecting five islands together. Many of the best restaurants have beachfront views and outdoor seating.
A casual seafood establishment with fish sourced locally and prepared simply. A daily selection of fresh fish can be prepared matecumbe or baja style for an additional price.
The proprietors of Midway Café call it a “funky little café, bakery, coffee shop and retail store.” This is the go-to stop for mind-blowing breakfast and a jolt of great coffee.
A beachside restaurant, Marker 88 serves up prime steak, seafood and chicken in a casual setting. It’s not tiny, either; the restaurants boast seating for up to 150 inside and 250 outside.
Executive Chef Michael Ledwith has created this establishment which serves up amazing seasonal catches of the day, including the specialty, hogfish. There’s also prime steak for those that are temporarily over seafood. It’s fine dining that only a single chef can provide.
Though not strictly a dining establishment, you are allowed to order delivery from any other local restaurant to this wondrous tasting room. Watch TV sports, try the amazing citrusy craft brews and play foosball or volleyball. You can’t miss.
Start Your Florida Keys Culinary Adventure
There’s no time better than now to plan ahead for your Florida Keys gastronomical excursion. Read up on The Hammocks at Marathon and book your trip today.
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