Recs for Islamorada?
- laurie Jun 17, 2006 09:24 PM
Any good recommendations for Islamorada and environs?
Well i can't recommend the food,as it was bland at best,and very pricy,however the morada bay cafe has got eaisly the most spectacular view i have ever experienced for a sunset dinner,my suggestion see if they are having hot dog and hamburger cook out next to the cafe(also on the beach ,with the same incredible view) and save the $ you would spend for a so so dinner,albeit with outstanding service(just very bland food)and enjoy the evening,good luck and have fun...i might add a couple of miles down , on the same side of highway is a small italian rest. next to a bakery,the name excapes me ,sorry..but very good food and great service at a reasonable price.
Marker 88 is certainly one I would dine in again. I had one of the best meals in my life there and the atmosphere is great too. Also, the Cheeka Lodge may have a decent place since it is a nice resort - but I never ate there - just visited there. happy travels and let us know what you liked!
Calypso...there's also a place next door I hear is good? Sorry, these are in Largo. Islamorada Fish Co is ok. The Lorelei bar food is ok too...the main dining room is lacking. Whistle Stop for late night or lunch bar food.
I recommend Lazy Day's for dinner. It's on the oceanside just north of Bud & Mary's Marina. It's a good idea to make a reservation for this place.
I like the grouper reubens at Papa Joe's, up in the crow's nest, bayside, across from Bud & Mary's.
Bentley's for good burgers.
Islamorada Bakery for great breakfast, bayside. This place may be called Bob's Bunz now.
Pierre's for a really highend dining experience, great views. More upscale than Morada Bay, but right next door.
And Marker 88 used to be a great dinner spot to, although I haven't been in a few years.
Not a real fancy place, but my wife and I always try to have lunch at the Wreck and Galley on Grassy Key at mile marker 59. Very casual but they serve a super grouper sandwich.
We just got back from Islamorada and, thanks to your recommendations, we had some great meals. By far our favorite was Marker 88. We both had the kind of meal that makes you say, "Wow, I've never tasted anything quite like this! This is great!" The dated 70s decor belies the innovative flavors and ultra-fresh seafood. I highly recommend the Yellowtail Snapper Martinique (which I chose because the menu stated it had been featured in two magazines), and my fiance had the Keylime Seafood, which was a mix of lobster, shrimp and snapper in a fresh, bright, citris sauce served over pasta. Both dishes were standouts.
On the other end of the spectrum, we had a disappointing lunch at Islamorada Seafood Company. My grits-n-shrimp (which was not deveined! Ugh!) was swimming in such a deep pool of melted butter that I couldn't eat it. Not recommended.
We also had a nice meal at Atlantic's Edge, the toney flagship restaurant in the equally toney Cheeca Lodge. We stuck to salads and a mix of appetizers. The diver scallops and littleneck clams were both divine; the crab cake just ok.
Our breakfast fave was Islamorada Bakery, which is across the street from its sister (brother?) restaurant, Bob's Bunz. The IB serves breakfast and lunch, BB dinner. I enjoyed my egg white omelette with pepperjack cheese and an unusual mango salsa. Different, yes, but quite good.
Unfortunately, we did not have enough time or stomach space to sample everyone's suggestions. Still, I appreciate all your postings--you really helped make our trip a gastronomic success!