Re:Key Largo FL Mrs Macks Kitchen
We also just returned from the Keys the 1st week in April...
Had great fried cracked conch (not fritters) in Key Largo at the Fish House just south of Pennekamp State Park. It's hard to find Fried Conch pounded filets/strips anymore. Had 2 great meals at Blue Heaven in Key West. Sausage Benedict for breakfast and the Surf and Turf dinner special. 8 oz. filet w/ demi-glace and sauteed FL lobster tail in citrus beurre blanc sauce. Best meal of the trip. I had forgotten how tender Fl tails can be compared to the Maine tails. Alonzo's was pretty good and on the harbor, but it did not make us want to return like Blue Heaven did.
We also stayed in Florida City on our way to the Keys to visit the Everglades. Not much to eat there but we had a nice meal at the Captain's Restaurant and Fish Market. Had the twin FL lobster tail special for $26. Nothing fancy but quite good.
Also had conch fritters at Alabama Jacks. They were OK but we enjoyed being on the water and the beers more.
We stayed at the Pier House at 0 or1 Duval St. in Key West. This is great for a 1st time visit to see Mallory Square and the craziness of upper Duval bars. Next time we will stay in a place more in the middle/south end of Duval. It's a long walk to things from the top end but fun. Mallory Square at sunset is a MUST do. It is amazing when cruise ships dock in Key West and dump a couple of thousand people on Duval St. for an afternoon. Then they load them back up and are gone by sunset.
Sorry for the off topic. We did stay in Key Largo at the Largo Lodge. Old but nice on the bay side. We also took a glass bottom boat ride from the Pennekamp State Park. Best thing you can do if you don't want to go snorkeling or diving and just want to get out on the water.