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reed malkin May 22, 2008 05:10 AM

we are going to be in Islamorada for a week. we have a car and don't mind a drive for good food. our concerns are not atmosphere or price. we appreciate freshness and creativity in the kitchen and we would like to avoid tourist traps..your help is apprecated

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    breanne83 May 22, 2008 07:58 AM

    I'm from Key West so I don't really get up the Keys to eat very often but I do like one place in Islamorada a lot. Pierre's is a nice (expensive) restaurant w/ very good food. They usually have interesting seafood specials. There is also Morada Bay Cafe in the same area which I've heard is good but never actually been there. Pierre's has some of their menu items online. They're located at MM 81 or so.

    http://www.pierres-restaurant.com/ind...

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      LargeLife May 22, 2008 08:55 AM

      Ziggy's, Bentley's, Marker 88 are all in that area and are all very good.....Memorial Day Weekend is a disaster in the Fabulous Florida Keys...and tourists eat at all restaurants as there aren't all that many to choose from....

      EMac

      1. crazyspice May 22, 2008 12:15 PM

        Kaiyo!

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          queentrigger May 22, 2008 08:47 PM

          The Fish House in Key Largo has been a favorite of ours for 15-20 years. Not fancy, Keys funky always great fresh fish. Jean's Greens salad is a fave too. Haven't tried the Fish House Encore Restaurant Sushi Bar & Piano Lounge but would expect the same great food next door. http://www.fishhouse.com

          The Fish House and Fish House Encore are located at Mile Marker 102.4 on the ocean side. It is just north of the KLI Hardware and just south of T-shirt City.
          The Fish House and The Fish House Encore are both located on the same property just a parking lot away.

          1. keysrat May 23, 2008 03:39 AM

            "we appreciate freshness and creativity in the kitchen"

            Try Calypso's in Key Largo, MM100, Oceanside. It's right across the harbor from Key Largo Fisheries, so yes, their stuff is fresh. And it doesn't get anymore creative anywhere. Casual, open air dining on the harbor. No credit cards. Service can be spotty to bad sometimes, but the food is the best around.

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              LargeLife May 23, 2008 05:56 AM

              Keysrat...I'm going to try Calypsos....Thanks for the heads up on the service.....That will keep the expectations tempered a bit.....I think this person was asking about restaurants in the Middle Keys....Islamorada....and Key Largo can be a bit of a trip from there if you're tired and hungry after a day on the ocean......

              EMac

            2. CFByrne May 23, 2008 06:25 AM

              You may have thrown some people off... I think most folks consider the Middle Keys to be Marathon area (around MM 50).

              Islamorada, Tavernier and Key Largo (appx MM 75 to 110) would more likely be lumped in as "Upper Keys".

              1. scubadoo97 May 23, 2008 08:40 AM

                agreed Ziggy's, Bentley's and Marker 88 are good solid recommendations. AVOID the Islamorada Seafood Co. Should you venture south to the middle keys have a fish sandwich at Fish Tails Market and Eatery in Marathon.

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                  LargeLife May 23, 2008 10:31 AM

                  I might have thrown some people off....you're right....but after a hard day on the water....and on Memorial Day Weekend.....A drive from Islamorada to Upper Key Largo and The Fish House is quite a hike......:)

                  Emac....

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