There aren't many starbucks on the overseas highway. Fortunately there's this place. 80 miles from both Miami and Key West, the cafe serves great coffee, lattes espressos etc. and has great bakery items. They open early, and also serve a great hot breakfast.
Favorite Dish: Con Leche - my new favorite!
The Lorelei is pretty well hidden from the Overseas highway, but its worth the search and well known locally as a great restaurant, bar and evening hangout.
They serve breakfast lunch and dinner, and have world class seafood. There is a fun, firendly bar is they have quality live music every night.
Favorite Dish: We usually get appetizers at the bar - conch fritters and/or tuna tataki.
Holy baked goods Batman! These folks make a cinnamon roll that puts Cinnibon to shame! Incredible baked goods and a great breakfast and lunch place. Expect a crowd at breakfast
Favorite Dish: Breakfast lunch and baked goods
Ok. It looks much more like a diner than a fine dining restaurant......but i had the best dinner there last night! Ordered the skirt steak medium rare. It was sooooo good. Ive had skirtsteak lots of times and didnt expect it to be so tender and flavorful!!!! Im ready to go back tonight! Great job and thanks guys!
Lorelei's is a seafood restaurant in Islamorada that specializes in Fresh Catches. They also have a bar and live entertainment at times. Located on the bay side, they have docks that run right up to the restaurant. Although the Restaurant looks a little worn, the food is outstanding.
The walls are covered with famous visitors including Wade Boggs and the late Ted Williams.
Favorite Dish: I opted for the Fresh Stone Crab that is in season over the winter months. In addition to the crab, the sides were fresh and also good.
They make an outstanding Seafood gumbo as well.
Lorelei's offers a full bar with a decent selection of wines.
Also check out the web site to see their other offerings. It's more than just a restaurant.
the lorelei is a very good seafood restaurant in islamorada. the lorelei is one of the better restaurants in the keys. good seafood as well as steak and poultry. a very nice restaurant overlooking florida bay. expensive.
mile marker 88 is in my opinion one of the best restaurants in the keys and in the state of florida for that matter. i have dinned there on numerous occasions and always found the food and service superb. excellent seafood dishes as well as steak and poultry. if you like fine dinning mile marker 88 is a must stop in the keys. expensive.
wahoo's is located at whale harbor across the bridge from holiday isle. this restaurant specializes in seafood as well as american fare. they have a nice bar which is fun place to relax in the afternoon and watch the fishing boats return with their catches. moderately priced.
the green turtle is an islamorada institution since 1947. originally they specialzed in sea turtle steaks and soup. i had my first taste of sea turtle here back in the 1960's. today it is illegal to sell turtle meat in florida so the green turtle now serves traditional florida seafood. the green turtle is also famous for their key lime pie. another excellent seafood restaurant in islamorada. expensive.
I probably would not have come here if it weren't for the fact that my friend rented it out for her beautiful wedding.
Pierre's isn't your traditional "Keys" type eatery; that is, it's a refined, haute-cuisine atmosphere imbued with colonial charm and a touch of elegant Caribbean, amidst a picture-perfect setting (and an astronomical price tag that no doubt accompanies the gastronomical delights!)...no wonder weddings take place on the premises.
All things considered, I would highly recommend Pierre's if you are commemorating something special or celebrating a milestone event...or, if you're just in the mood for a refined atmosphere and candlelight romance.
Note: the sunsets here are sublime.
Favorite Dish: I ordered snapper almondine, and started out with a gorgeous salad that included sweet pear slices and warm goat cheese.
The "piece de resistance" however, was the desert. I ordered the "Chocolate Bomb" which was a small, souflé type chocolate cake that oozed a rich chocolate pudding filling (not overpoweringly so...just enough in the middle to make every mouthful a moist explosion of decadence).
To wit, I didn't even mind not having any wedding cake afterwards, having satisfied my sweet tooth with aforementioned confectionary delight.
La Jolla managers Jim and Gretchen steered me to Uncle’s and it was advice well heeded. We had a delicious seafood dinner and what the restaurant lacks in terms of view, it more than compensates in quality of food. Everything is made fresh (or caught fresh) and some of the staff even prepare specific dishes (like garlic mashed potatoes or grilled veggies). There's a certain pride that one misses when going to the bigger establishments. We found it in full force here.
I was glad to have insisted upon this because many visitors opt for the more popular places like "Islamorada Fish Company" which, while offering great sunset views bayside, don't live up to their reputations when it comes to the actual food. We started out with cocktails at such a place, but once the sun went down, we jammed across the street to Uncle's for what we hoped would be the meal of the weekend.
Favorite Dish: I ordered the mahi-mahi almondine, though I had a hard time deciding between that and any of the other ways it could be prepared (the sauces are spectacular here, and the owner has a signature sauce called "Le Pree" which contains artichoke, mushrooms and white wine. I forget now why I didn't order that one...??!!!)
Ultimately, we all ordered something different and each one of us left feeling totally satisfied.
For dessert, I recommend the fresh banana-coconut pie!!!
This was my favorite restaurant. The service, atmosphere and food a great. I was really impressed with the size of the servings. I had a greek salad and crab nachos which was meant to be an appetizer but was served as a main course. My son had the Yellowtail Snapper and Georgie had the shrimp .. None of us finished our portions. we especially enjoyed looking at their picture gallery and huge 600 plus pound marlin on the wall. This was my favorite place to eat. You have to go here..
Favorite Dish: Yellowtail Snapper.
My son had a Dolphin sandwich for lunch, I had Tuna, of Course George had Shrimp. Sit outside by the Dock.. This is like a bar they have Pool tables but it is also family oriented .It is a little hidden behind a condo but there is plenty of parking once you find it.
Favorite Dish: The Hog Balls. I think it is suppose to be rolled up chicken.
My son took me here for my 50th Birthday.He had the Wahoo . I had the Mahi Mahi. Blackened, George had the Shrimp. It was delicious.. It was like a sport's bar. Some people were watching the Miami Heat in the NBA Championship. But the place was fun with a great atmosphere it is adjoined by the sportfisher boat docks. After you are done eating take a walk around the dock..
Favorite Dish: The blackened Mahi Mahi
Stay Clear of Papa Joe's: Sunset on Lower Matecumbe Key
Had the WORST dining experience in the Keys. [or any trip taken so far if you dont count the revenge of the Peruvian fish in Lima 1999] The bartender was trying to get a date with locals, the waitress told me I ordered the wrong dish and b-tched loud and long that she was not going to get a tip from 'that table'. Finally, I had enough and called over the manager and he said it was an honest mistake on waitress' part , but she would have cost of meal taken from her pay and that would be unfair. HOLY CRAP !!! Not so much as a reduction on bill after the totally ruined evening.