We just returned last week from a week-long family vacation in the Florida Keys - a rarity for us these days, now that our sons are 18 and 22. The whole week was just wonderful, filled with snorkeling, kayaking, and lots of relaxing downtime & reading!
But, of course, one of the best things about a vacation is sampling the local food, which in the Keys means...seafood! Though we took advantage of our little rental house & cooked many meals there (including burgers for our Thanksgiving dinner!), we enjoyed a few wonderful meals out. Here is a sampling of three excellent restaurants - from the upper Keys down to almost Key West - that were all reasonably priced and had great food.
The Fish House - Key Largo
|All of us at The Fish House - note the decor!|
|My own Fish Matecumbe at home|
The Fish House has a huge menu, with fresh fish & seafood highlighted (they have a fresh seafood market in the same building). My son loved the Fried Calamari and Crab Quesadillas, his girlfriend enjoyed a fish burrito, and the rest of the group ordered fresh fish, prepared in various ways. All of our meals were super-fresh and delicious, and the restaurant is a fun place, decorated with great gusto with all sorts of sea-themed items, with the ceiling covered in a variety of different shaped strings of lights (flip flops, margarita glasses, fish, shells, etc.).
Keys Fisheries - Marathon
|Our crew at Keys Fsheries|
|Tarpon off the dock, lit up|
Hogfish Bar & Grill - Stock Island
|Enjoying Hogfish Bar & Grill with friends|
Ah, I want to go back! Warm, sunny days and delicious food - it was a great vacation.