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EAT&DRINK RESTAURANTS, UPPER KEYS wrapped in applewood-smoked bacon with tangy tomato glaze). Closed Mondays. $$$

fish when you're in the Keys?

Gus’ Grille, pizza Floribbean, Key Largo Bay Marriott Beach Resort, 103800 U.S. 1, Key Largo; (305) 453000; Gus' Grill serves breakfast, lunch and dinner with Florida and Caribbean influences, as well as pizza. For dinner, try the panseared yellowtail snapper or Chicken of the Keys—cocout-breaded chicken breast with mango, hearts of palm and coconut jasmine rice. Extensive wine list. $$$

pub food, sandwiches, 84500 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-8052; The OceanView Pub has been a favorite of local residents, fishermen and charter boat captains for many years; it holds the very first liquor $ license issued in the Florida Keys.

Pierre’s Lounge & Restaurant at Morada Bay, French fusion, 81600

U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-3225; Pierre’s cuisine is based in the classic French technique with Asian, Caribbean and world influences. Request a table on the patio for incredible sunset and Atlantic $$$ Ocean views.

Hog Heaven Sports Bar & Grill, pub food, seafood, 85361 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-9669; Hog Heaven is a relaxed sports bar with 17 flat-screen TVs, some of the freshest seafood in town. Try one of the staff favorites, like the Surf and Turf Burger with ginger lime slaw, fried shrimp tossed in mild sauce and melted provolone on a $$ freshly baked ciabatta bun.

Snapper’s Waterfront Restaurant,

Island Grill, seafood, 85501 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-8400

Island Grill at Mandalay, 80 E. Second


St., Key Largo; (305) 852-0595; Ask for a table out on the dock area of the Islamorada Island Grill, at the south end of Snake Creek Bridge. Three bars and indoor/ outdoor dining allow for great views of the Atlantic. Try the original tuna nachos, shrimp Thai rolls or the spicy tuna roll. Expect the same at the Mandalay location, with ocean views $$ and live music nightly.

Kaiyo Grill & Sushi, Japanese/American, 81701 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 6645556; This elegant eatery features an unusual fusion of Asian cuisine and Southern wood-fire grilling preparation. Signature dishes include Drunken Scallops, Crispy Peking Duck and Mongolian Beef. And of course there’s a wide variety of sushi! Or try the Florida lobster tail, grilled or tempura fried. Delicious desserts include Key lime pie (of course) and white chocolate macadamia pie. $$$


The OceanView Inn & Sports Pub, burgers,

Trip Advisor still ranks Square Grouper restaurant Number 1 in the Keys.

American, Asian, Caribbean, Mexican, 139 Seaside Ave., Key Largo; (305) 852-5956; snapperskeylargo​.com Enjoy Snapper’s contemporary cuisine al fresco on the deck overlooking the marina. There’s live music nightly and lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Don’t miss Uncle Wesley’s smoked fish spread, served with sesame flatbread, $$$ crackers and pepperoncini.

Sixty-One Prime, steak, seafood, Hawks Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen, seafood, traditional

American, 99336 U.S. 1, Key Largo; (305) 451-3722 Mrs. Mac’s II, 99020 U.S. 1, Key Largo; (305) 451-6227; mrsmacskitchen. com Mrs. Mac’s has been serving up comfort food in the Keys since 1976. Antique license plates bedeck the walls and even the hanging lamps, contributing to the eclectic tropical decor. The hearty housemade soups, salads and seafood dishes keep the locals coming back, but it’s the Key lime pie they really rave about. $$

Morada Bay Beach Café & Bar, Caribbean, seafood, 81600 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-0604;

the-beach-cafe Enjoy the sunset while dining at this chic-yet-casual restaurant on a beautiful sandy beach. For a relaxing, kicking-back meal in an easy setting, you found you place. Often, you'll be treated to live music, also. You'll be right next door to the well known World Wide Sportsman/Bass Pro Shops plaza—in fact, you can walk from the store to the restaurant, or settle in after you've checked out the boats along the pier or had a beverage at the Zane Grey Lounge upstairs in World Wide. $$$

Num-Thai & Sushi Bar Restaurant, 103200 U.S. 1, Key Largo; (305) 451-5955; This place has fresh, authentic seafood and daily specials. Try one of the three bento boxes or a sushi special. How can you resist

Cay Resort, 61 Hawks Cay Blvd., Duck Key; (888) 395-5539; amenities/dining/sixty-one-prime Named for the mailing address (61 Hawks Cay Boulevard) of the famous and recently reopened—after massive destruction from Hurricane Irma— Hawks Cay Resort, Sixty-One Prime is a new fine-dining eatery. Sixty-One Prime features USDA Prime steaks and gourmet seafood dishes served in an elegant atmosphere. Specialties include lionfish (an invasive species, and delicious eating) served with melted leeks, carrot puree and citrus, and the 1855 Filet of Angus Beef Tenderloin. Or try the PotatoWrapped Cobia Fillets. Reservations recommended. $$$

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Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...