Noshing Your Way Through The Florida Keys

Noshing Your Way Through The Florida Keys
15 Feb 2023

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Exploring the Florida Keys is an experience that will awaken all of your senses. The vibrant blues, emerald greens, and sun-kissed oranges are seen only in this part of South Florida are just the beginning! With its tropical climate and laid-back attitude, a vacation to these islands can feel like paradise. And what makes it even more special? The delicious food and beverage experiences you’ll have along the way.

This incredible archipelago offers a unique experience with its tropical atmosphere, spacious islands, and indulgent food & drink. Along with some incredible places to eat, there are also many great bars and pubs where you can unmask yourself in a lively atmosphere, or simply relax with a cold beverage.

From casual beachfront eateries serving up fresh seafood and Key Lime Pie, to upscale restaurants offering an array of international flavours from all around the world, here’s a guide to some amazing places to nosh your way through The Florida Keys.

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Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar

If you’re looking for a delicious meal, then Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar is definitely the place to visit. Located right on the shoreline in Key Largo, this charming eatery serves up outstanding seafood dishes with unmatched views of panoramic sunsets over crystal-clear waters. Experience all that The Keys has to offer by indulging in delectable entrees such as fresh grouper or crispy calamari paired with signature cocktails that will take your taste buds.

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Relax by their tiki bar while sipping a tropical cocktail, or savour fresh seafood straight off the grill. Sit back and relax in their beachfront dining room, or soak in the sun and dine poolside. This restaurant has all your cravings covered for an unforgettable day of culinary delights.

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Oh, and the entertainment is fantastic! We got to hear a great local musician serenade us with some awesome classic cover songs as I indulged in my seafood dinner. Can’t beat that!

Suggested Food

House-Made Crab Cake (One Crab Cake made with Jumbo Lump Blue Crab Meat & Served with our Bahamian Cocktail Sauce), Seafood Combo (Shrimp, Scallops & Mahi served Fried, Blackened or Baked), Shrimp 2 Ways (Grilled Jumbo Shrimp served atop a Bed of Creamy Shrimp Risotto & Drizzled with a House-Made Shellfish Sauce & White Truffle Oil), and Shellfish Scampi (Scallops, Mussels & Shrimp Sautéed in a Garlic, Lemon & EVOO White Wine Sauce, served over Linguine Pasta).

Location

Snappers Oceanfront Restaurant & Bar is located at 139 Seaside Avenue in Key Largo, Florida.

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Stout’s Restaurant

If you’re in need of a hearty breakfast, then I’ve got the place for you. Located right off the Overseas Highway in the heart of Marathon, Stout’s Restaurant is the perfect place for comfort food. This locally owned eatery has been proudly serving up delicious dishes from the heart of the Keys since 1964. Stout’s prides itself on providing guests with fresh seafood dishes and delicious flavours that are sure to have your taste buds singing.

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Not only does Stout’s offer up amazing food and drinks, but their attentive staff will make sure your visit is nothing short of fantastic. Whether you’re stopping in for breakfast or lunch with family or friends, expect big portions with bold flavours that’ll keep you coming back again and again.

Suggested Food

Two Eggs with Corned Beef Hash, Biscuits & Gravy (Homemade Southern Style Sausage Gravy with Hot Buttermilk Biscuits), Knuckle Sandwich (Thin Sliced Roast Beef, Caramelized Onion, Cheddar Cheese, & Tangy Horseradish Sauce), and Fried Chicken (Boneless Breast of Chicken, Hand Breaded then Dipped in a Buttermilk Batter).

Location

Stout’s Restaurant is located at 8349 Overseas Hwy in Marathon, Florida.

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Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar

At Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar, you’ll discover a dining experience unlike any other. They offer the quintessential setting for an unforgettable night out, and is an absolute must-visit for anyone craving delicious food with a side of stunning views.

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Located along the stunningly beautiful waters of Marathon, this waterfront culinary destination will bring all your seafood cravings to life with its delicious menu featuring fresh, local ingredients – all while giving diners front-row seats to a mesmerizing ocean setting. From colorful plates filled with amazing sushi rolls to fried baskets loaded up with crispy fish bites – there’s something for everyone.

And that fish you are ordering? There’s a good chance it was caught the day before or the morning of by owner John Mirabella and his team of divers. Can’t get any fresher than that!

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For an unforgettable experience with the best food in town, make a reservation at Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar. The drinks are always flowing and the food is so damn amazing. I highly recommend the Lionfish – Wreckdiver-Style… it’s incredible! And, if you like shrimp, get the peel ‘n eat shrimp – they are royal reds and so tasty. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed. Whether you’re looking for happy hour bites or dinner out with friends, there’s something special waiting at Castaway that guarantees gourmet eats and great memories alike.

Pro Tip: If John Mirabella is there, have a chat with him. He’s one of the most interesting guys I have ever met. He’ll tell you all about his passion for deep-sea diving and make a great suggestion for dinner.

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Suggested Food

Jumbo Peel N Eat Shrimp (royal reds, with cocktail sauce), Shrimp Tempura Roll (Tempura shrimp, avocado, asparagus, scallions and mayo), Volcano Roll (California roll topped with baked topping that includes scallops, Kani Kama, and masago mixed together in a creamy sauce), Lionfish (Wreckdiver Style – lemon, butter, wine, garlic, tomatoes, basil, capers – with yellow rice and steamed broccoli), Hogfish (Shrimp and Scallop Stuffing, steamed broccoli, boiled redskin potatoes), Gilligans Cut (12 oz NY strip), and John’s Famous Baby Back Ribs.

Location

Castaway Waterfront Restaurant & Sushi Bar is located at 1406 Ocean View Ave in Marathon, Florida.

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Marathon Bagel Co.

If you’re looking for a quick and easy breakfast, Marathon Bagel Co. in The Florida Keys is a must-visit destination. Located on the gulf side of the Overseas Highway, this family-owned, locally sourced shop offers up some of the freshest and most mouthwatering bagels you’ll find anywhere in South Florida. Featuring unique flavors like jalapeño cheddar and honey oat with cinnamon raisin swirls, their plain bagels are also legendary among those who appreciate freshness and simplicity. Marathon Bagel Co. also boasts a menu full of delicious breakfast sandwiches piled high with traditional favourites such as egg & cheese or bacon & avocado — plus loaded lunch subs featuring all sorts of creative ingredients.

From traditional bagels made with locally sourced ingredients to artisanal cream cheeses and spreads prepared fresh daily, you’re sure to find something here that will satisfy your craving while transporting you away from everyday life.

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Suggested Food

Everything Club (2 Eggs, Bacon, Spinach, Bacon Scallion Cream Cheese on choice of bagel), Korean Pork Belly Sandwich (in House made Pork Belly, egg and pickled red onion served on a bagel), and Avocado Burrito (2 eggs, peppers, onion, spinach mushrooms and avocado on a wrap or your choice of bread).

Location

Marathon Bagel Co. is located at 11090 Overseas Hwy in Marathon, Florida.

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Blue Heaven

Located in Key West, Blue Heaven has been serving up fresh seafood and other local dishes for decades. With its quirky atmosphere, relaxed outdoor seating area and roaming rosters, it’s no wonder that visitors from all over flock here for an unforgettable dining experience. From savoury Caribbean specialties to Gulf-style classics, Blue Heaven is sure to satisfy your appetite as well as your adventurous spirit.

The beautiful atmosphere of the restaurant alone, with tropical trees growing up through the wooden deck will transport you away from your everyday worries and provide an amazing backdrop as you dine on delicious specialties made from locally sourced ingredients. You can even look forward to live music performances throughout the week that are sure to put you in island mode.

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This establishment has come to personify the true essence of tranquil bliss paired with heavenly grub. With its unique charm and eclectic menu, Blue Heaven is a must-visit destination for any food lover looking for an unforgettable experience in paradise – undoubtedly one of the best places to eat in The Florida Keys.

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Pro Tip: Blue Heaven’s “Famous Key Lime Pie” is one of the best slices of Key Lime Pies you will ever eat.

Suggested Food

Key West Shrimp Benny, Lobster “BLT” Benny, Rooster Special (Two Eggs Any Style, Potatoes or Grits, Bacon or Spicy Sausage and either little Pancakes, or Toast or Banana Bread), Shrimp And Grits (Sautéed Shrimp with White Wine Butter and Scallions, served over White Cheddar Grits and your choice of bakery Toast or Betty’s Banana Bread), and the Yellow Submarine (Snapper Fillet sautéed on Baguette, Vinegar Slaw, Mango Tartar, Yellow Peppers and Baron Pickles). Save room for a big slice of Famous Key Lime Pie (made with a buttery graham cracker crust, freshly squeezed lime juice, sweetened condensed milk and lots of meringue).

Location

Blue Heaven is located at 729 Thomas Street in Key West, Florida.

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Keys Fisheries

That feeling when the salt breeze from the ocean hits your face as you sip a cold drink in your hands; it’s hard to beat! For those looking for that very special experience, Keys Fisheries restaurant and fish market in The Florida Keys is the ideal place for a wonderful dining adventure.

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Located in Marathon, this restaurant and fish market offers a variety of fresh seafood options for your enjoyment. From Key West Pink Shrimp to conch fritters and stone crab claws, Keys Fisheries has something for every seafood lover. Discover why locals and tourists alike flock to this idyllic spot for a meal that’s sure to please.

With its open-air atmosphere boasting spectacular views of boats bobbing in the water and stunning sunsets on the horizon, it’s no wonder why so many visitors flock to Keys Fisheries year after year. Whether you are a seafood lover looking for something new or someone who is taking advantage of all the natural beauty The Florida Keys has to offer, one visit to Keys Fisheries will be enough to make any vacation memorable.

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Suggested Food

Conch Fritters (with Remoulade), Lobster Chowder, World Famous Lobster Reuben (Toasted Rye, Kraut, Swiss Cheese, 1,000 Island Dressing), Fried Mahi Tacos (Agave Slaw, Pico, Cotija Cheese, Lime Cream), Hog Fish Francaise (Egg Batter, Garlic, butter, White wine), Herb Parmesan Baked Grouper (Parmesan, Panko Crust), and the Keys Mixed Grill (1/2 Lobster, Shrimp, Scallops, Mahi).

Location

Keys Fisheries is located at 3502 Gulfview Avenue in Marathon, Florida.

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Sunset Grille & Raw Bar

If you’re looking for dining with a view, look no further than Sunset Grille & Raw Bar in Marathon. This seafood restaurant reminded me a bit of The Peach Pit from the 90210 TV show.

Picture yourself taking in stunning views of the 7 Mile Bridge and the clear waters as you dine al fresco – enjoying unforgettable cuisine made to order with local ingredients and attentive service.

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From incredible appetizers like conch fritters to classic lunch entrées like Jerk mahi mahi sandwich, Sunset Grille & Raw Bar has all your favourite flavors covered. Step away from the touristy stops and experience a taste of local that can only be found in the Florida Keys!

With delicious food offerings and colourful cocktails adding to its whimsical atmosphere, you’ll find yourself mesmerized by all this seaside restaurant has to offer.

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Suggested Food

Caribbean Coconut Shrimp (hand battered, lightly fried, served with coconut rum sauce), Boom Boom Shrimp (fried shrimp in creamy sweet chili Asian sauce, side of ranch), Chimichurri Fries (tossed in homemade chimichurri topped with fresh Parmesan dust), Cheesesteak Eggrolls (ribeye, caramelized onions, mozzarella cheese, marinara), Blackened Shrimp Street Tacos (cabbage, cilantro, cumin, Crema, pico, guacamole, mango with rice and beans), and Key Lime Pie (homemade with Florida Key limes).

Location

Sunset Grille & Raw Bar is located at 7 Knights Key Blvd in Marathon, Florida.

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Lazy Days Restaurant

This casual restaurant offers delicious seafood specialties along with other classic American favourites in an inviting atmosphere that will make you never want to leave. Whether it’s outdoor dining on the beach under swaying palm trees or inside dining surrounded by ocean-inspired décor, every day at Lazy Days Restaurant is blissful – perfect for making memories that will last a lifetime. With hearty entrees and fresh salads as well as tasty appetizers and decadent desserts, there’s something at Lazy Days Restaurant no matter your appetite.

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With its delicious food and beautiful views, Lazy Days Restaurant is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a meal with family and friends. The prices are reasonable, and the atmosphere is casual and relaxed. The next time you are in Islamorada, be sure to stop by and check out their delicious menu.

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Suggested Food

Homemade Mozzarella Sticks (served with homemade marinara sauce), Crab Cake (baked and topped with key lime butter and Keys style béarnaise sauce), Jumbo Stuffed Shrimp (baked with our real crab meat stuffing and topped with béarnaise sauce and key lime butter), Grouper St. Croix (encrusted with Japanese bread crumbs sautéed and topped with black peppercorns, lime wheels and key lime butter), Lazy Days Chicken (encrusted with bread crumbs, sautéed and topped with fresh diced tomatoes, scallions, shredded parmesan cheese and topped with key lime butter), Shrimp Scampi (sautéed with mushrooms, garlic butter and white wine), Shrimp Fra Diablo (sautéed with mushrooms, tomatoes, onion, green pepper and a spicy marinara).

Location

Lazy Days Restaurant is located at 79867 Overseas Hwy in Islamorada, Florida.

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7 Mile Restaurante

If you’re looking for a decent dining experience that celebrates all things Cuban, 7 Mile Restaurante in Marathon should be your destination of choice. This restaurant offers a tantalizing menu full of classic Cuban favourites. With hearty dishes like Paella and Havana Stromboli, their offerings combine quality ingredients with traditional recipes for an amazing culinary experience. With its vibrant décor and lively music setting the scene, 7 Mile is sure to delight your senses.

Whether you’re in the Keys for a week or just a day, 7 Mile Restaurante is a can’t-miss eatery. With fresh, authentic cuisine, it’s the perfect spot to relax and indulge. So next time you’re in Marathon, be sure to check out 7 Mile Restaurante. You won’t regret it.

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Pro Tip: Get some empanadas to go. It’s a great snack while driving around the keys, or on your flight home.

Suggested Food

Cubano Sandwich, The Traditional (2 eggs, fried, scrambled, or omelette with choice of ham, bacon, or sausage and toast), Empanadas (beef, chicken, spinach, or ham & cheese), Cubed Fried Pork, Shredded Beef Flank Steak, and Sweet Fried Plantains.

Location

7 Mile Cuban Restaurant is located at 2211 Overseas Hwy in Marathon, Florida.

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Angler & Ale at Hawks Cay Resort

Hawks Cay Resort in The Florida Keys is the ideal spot for a relaxing and unforgettable getaway. Situated on the edge of beautiful blue waves, Hawks Cay Resort makes for an incredible backdrop to stunning views, delicious food, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

And Speaking of delicious food – Angler & Ale provides a special atmosphere that will make your trip to the Florida Keys truly memorable. This waterfront eatery and bar provides locals and travelers alike with some truly remarkable food including everything from wood-fired pizzas to local seafood classics like yellow tail snapper.

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Enjoy the freshest surf and turf dishes prepared in an open kitchen featuring wood fire grills, and sip innovative drinks – all only steps away from crystal clear water awaiting your next fishing adventure.

Whether you’re looking for a light lunch or a romantic dinner, Angler & Ale has something for everyone. Be sure to try their iconic conch fritters and wash it down with an Angler’s Delight (peublo viejo tequila, fresh citrus, pineapple juice, agave, coconut water). You won’t be disappointed!

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Suggested Food

Caribbean Conch Fritters (key lime aioli), Duck Key Stuffies (topneck clams, cherrywood bacon, cajun trinity, lobster butter), Chicken Wings (choose from: buffalo, sesame ginger, thai chili, mango habanero, jerk, cajun dry rub), Artisan Basket (selection of warm breads, whipped honey butter, seasonal jam), Hanger Steak (cocoa rub, red chimichurri, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables), and Chicken ‘N’ Waffles (jerk chicken, pilar rum honey butter, sweet plantains).

Location

Angler & Ale is located in Hawks Cay Resort at 540 Duck Key Drive in Duck Key, Florida.

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Keys Bite

Located just steps from the vibrant blue waters of Key Largo, Keys Bite is one of the area’s most beloved restaurants – and for good reason. Offering a menu chock-full of fresh, flavourful dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, this establishment has become known as an ideal destination for anyone who wants to enjoy high quality food at affordable prices.

With its eclectic decor that pays homage to its island surroundings, and cuisine inspired by local flavours, Keys Bite promises to give you a taste of what real island life has to offer.

Whether you’re in town for a tropical vacation or just looking for an excuse to get away from it all, you’re sure to have the “Best Bite In The Keys” at Keys Bite. With their mouth-watering cuisine and charming atmosphere, this restaurant offers something to satisfy everyone’s culinary appetite.

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Suggested Food

Mexican Skillet (a layer of hash-browns topped with ground beef, homemade traditional sauce, jalapeños, American cheese, topped with two eggs, and toast), Mexican Omelette (Chorizo, onions, green peppers, cheddar cheese), Cuban Sandwich (Pork, Ham, Swiss cheese, pickles and mustard on Cuban bread), Key Largo Sandwich (Grilled, Blackened or Fried Mahi, tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato, onion, served on a bun), Seafood Primavera (Shrimp, Mahi, scallops and mixed veggies over pasta), and Shrimp A LA Mexicana (Grilled shrimp, sautéed tomatoes, onions, fresh jalapeños, and cilantro, served with rice and refried beans and tortillas).

Location

Keys Bite is located at 99000 Overseas Hwy in Key Largo, Florida.

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The Key to the Culinary Scene in the Florida Keys

So there you have it, some amazing places to eat and drink in The Florida Keys! I hope this has helped point you in the right direction for your culinary adventure.

Whether you’re visiting for just a day or planning an extended stay in the area, make sure to check out some of the must-try local favourites from eateries near Key West to seafood shacks between Marathon and Big Pine Key. From fresh seafood to vibrant cocktails, there’s something for everyone in The Florida Keys. And trust me, you’re going to want to come back for more.

So if you find yourself travelling through this sunny state anytime soon, be sure to check out some of these great eateries and watering holes. And remember, when in doubt always go for conch fritters or a key lime pie (or both).

Cheers,
Big Daddy

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Craig Silva

Craig is a passionate and seasoned travel, food, and lifestyle writer, whose words paint vivid pictures of the world's most captivating destinations. His work not only inspires others to embark on their own adventures but also fosters a deep appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our world. He captures the essence of each locale, offering readers a glimpse into the cultures, landscapes, cuisine, and experiences that make travel so enriching. Craig is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW) and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA). If you are a PR agency or brand and would like Craig to review a travel destination, vehicle, restaurant, product or service, please send him an email.

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