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Hog's Breath Saloon - Duval St, Key West
I have been to the other Hog's Breath in Destin, Florida, which is a great place, so I had high expectations. We arrived through the back door next to Reply's Believe It Or Not, so my hackles were up. Luckily a local couple was sitting near us, amongst what seemed to been a bar full of tourists. They had some great-smelling chicken wings, so we ordered 18 of the same (about $15) plus their seafood sampler appetizer ($10). We also had a couple of Yuengling bottles at maybe $3 each. The wings were kind of dry, but ok when dipped in their buffalo sauce, and the seafood platter seemed a bit skimpy, but tasty.
Definitely touristy, but still a good place to stop. Their live music was entertaining...
Laura got food poisoning after visiting here, so I can only guess it was from their seafood dip (with mayo) that was part of the otherwise delicious seafood appetizer.
Hogs Breath: DO NOT EAT HERE
The food at Hogs Breath Key West is the most nasty I have ever had. First they served me rotten oysters on the half shell and I also ordered Conch chowder, it was nothing more than water with some potatoes and veggies with a little conch meat they didnt even have the tomato broth. When the rude and terrible waitress came to check on us with her crappy personality I asked here to take the rotten oysters and water soup away and she said " well just cant please you " all snotty like it was my fault they served rotten oysters and dont know how to make conch chowder. They claim it is a Bahamian Conch chowder. Its not. Also when you open an oyster it shouldnt have green residue in the shell and smell like rotten fish.
AVOID AT LL COSTS there is geat food in Key West just not at Hogs Breath.
Included is how to make real Bahamian Conch Chowder
10 LBS CONCH MEAT
1- 1/2 LBS CARROTS
10 WHOLE ONIONS (Peeled)
4 GALLONS WATER
1 TBSP WHOLE THYME
3 LBS BACON (Chopped 1 inch slices)
5 LBS RED POTATOES (Peeled, whole)
5 LBS ONIONS (Diced)
2- 1/2 LBS CELERY (Chopped)
2- #10 CANS TOMATO FILLETS
3 TBSP FRESH GARLIC (Minced)
4 TBSP FRESH LIME JUICE
2 BUNCHES FRESH PARSLEY (Chopped fine)
2 BUNCHES SHALLOTS (Chopped)
1 CUP CREAM SHERRY (Optional)
LOT LIME/PEPPER SAUCE (See Recipe)
Use only white conch meat, conch should be skinned then tenderized with a mallet. Add all ingredients except bacon and potatoes in a large stock pot, bring liquid to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low.
In a 15 gallon cast iron pot and over medium-high heat, brown bacon until crisp, remove bacon and add to the stock above (retain bacon grease and remove cast iron pot from heat). Simmer stock pot for 40 minutes then add potatoes simmer stock for an additional 20 minutes or until conch meat is tender and potatoes are cooked.
Return cast iron pot to medium heat, add the onions and celery, sauté until onions are very limp and clear. Remove the potatoes from the stock, dice half of the potatoes and mash the other half. Add the mashed potatoes to the bacon grease and lightly brown all ingredients. Add tomatoes, garlic and remaining potatoes, simmer for 10 minutes.
Strain conch stock, dice the conch and bacon and add to the cast iron pot, also add strained stock, parsley and shallots. Discard the remaining residue in colander. Simmer for 20 minutes or until the conch is very tender, add the sherry and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Correct seasonings with salt and white pepper to taste.
Favorite Dish: NONE The service is terrible and the food worse
Hog's Breath: Surprise! another place to get hammered
If you're looking to gave a bite to eat AND get an early start on tomorrow's hangover, there are no shortage of pubs in Key West that can meet both needs. The Hog's Breath is just one example.
Most feature standard fare...burgers, sausage dogs, grilled chicken and sometimes pizza and Italian staples. In addition you can usually find a decent rendition of local items such as shrimp pocket sandwiches, conch fritters and maybe even mahi mahi sandwiches, etc. And for the most part, it's all good.
It may not be much for atmosphere, but then...it IS really a bar. They're just feeding you so that you keep drinking at their stool, so to speak.
Again, lots of such places in Key West. Find someplace that's got room for you and your party. And if you have any brains, look for a decent air conditioning situation, too.
Favorite Dish: Oh, you gotta go with the hot conch fritters, lime dipping sauce and cold beer. My brand of the moment is Corona.
Hog's Breath: Great Food
We had an awesome time at Hog's Breath. The food was great and the drinks were even better. Everything was decently priced. We went there in the middle of the day and there was live music. I highly recommend stopping in.
Hog's Breath Saloon: Hog's Breath...Better than no breath at all
This is a great place to hang out and have a few drinks and relax. There is always something going on. From bikini contests to live bands, fishing to 5Ks, and they have thier own beer - Hog's Breath Lager.
I always have fun here. Lots of locals too, so I don't feel like I am in the middle of tourist central.
Favorite Dish: All the food is good! Last time I had a cheeseburger (in paradise?) and it was great!
Hog's Breath. I don't have...
Hog's Breath. I don't have the address for it, but like I said, this is a tiny island, and with enough walking around, you will not miss anything. This place is great, and the food is wonderful. Try the pina coladas. We had them on our first night here, and became so addicted that we were coming here every morning to start early with this sweet, frothy, ice cream-like dring. There are live bands in pretty much every establishment, and on the streets, so you can comfortably assume that you will be entertained once you get here. One thing to be prepared for though, it is expensive. Probably not so much for the older crowds that tend to hang out here, for them $10 for an omlette in the morning isn't a big deal, but my measly student budget suffered here amongst the wealthy tourist oriented restaurants. Nonetheless, i didn't starve, so it's not the end of the world either.
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