Marathon or Bust - Florida Keys Vacation 2009
Well, we just returned from our much needed vacation in the Florida Keys. Our first stop was of course the resort, Tranquility Bay, but were a bit early and our room was not ready so we headed out for lunch.
Being that this was the Keys, all of our meals were waterfront - can't beat that.
Thanks to tips from the Roadfood community we decided on Keys Fisheries.
Front Entrance...Beautiful day, warm and breezy.
While perusing the menu we saw "Our Famous Lobster Reuben" and of course had to try it. You ordered at a little window where we had to give the name of a famous criminal as our "Your order is ready" name. It was on bakery fresh toasted rye bread and an ample amount of Florida lobster with just a hint of Thousand Island dressing, sauerkraut and melted swiss. The french fries were excellent - crispy with touch a sea salt. Great way to start the trip.
Here is the menu, the lady taking our order said it can be a bit overwhelming - so many good choices.
Our next stop was the Castaway restaurant which was off the beaten path but well worth the adventure.
We were a bit hungry and forgot to take pics of our meals but here is the menu.
These are the honey buns served warm with a pitcher of warm honey for dipping. They were similar to italian fried dough and delicious.
Our last stop was on Stock Island, Key West where we ended up with the locals at the Hogfish Bar & Grill. You had to work you way through a trailer park and industrial fishing area to find it - thank goodness for GPS.
Entrance to the Hogfish
Conch Fritters are as ubiquitous to the keys as Key Lime Pie but these were some of the best we ever had. They were crispy on the outside, dense and moist on the inside. Normally you get just a hint of conch but these were loaded with it.
This was the Killer Hogfish Sandwich. It was a big piece of fresh grilled Hogfish with sauteed onions, mushrooms and melted swiss cheese. It was served on fresh Cuban bread. My husband loved the coleslaw which was rich and creamy with the added texture of celery seeds.
My husband chose the lobster and shrimp salad rolls. The mayonaise based combination was served on a regular hot dog bun - it was an excellent choice and a lot of food for the price. The french fries were crispy and prepared without being too greasy.
Here were the specials of the day
We wanted to thank everyone for the suggestions and tips. This was our first attempt at a trip report so we hope you enjoy and would love to read your comments.