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Florida Keys, Great Local Joints

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We'll be chartering a boat the week after Christmas cruising the lower Keys and need some local knowledge for not to miss local joints . Nothin fancy, just good food. The closer to the water the better. Would love to find places that serve fresh seafood, particularly shrimp.

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  1. What, no Hound's in the Keys?

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    1. re: mainiac

      I'm in the Upper Keys- I don't make it to the lower Keys much and avoid Key West like the plague. Worse than the mainland.
      How far south are you going to be?

    2. We went to Sparky's Landing in Marathon Key on advise from CH and had a great lunch, fish rueben and chili dog plus some local beer. Sparky's is located on the docks of the KCB Marina in Key Colony Beach.Loved the view too.

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      1. re: ginnyhw

        Key West Dining-out

        Alonzo’s Oyster Bar www.alonzosoysterbar.com - on the water – great happy hour half price appetizers and discounted drinks

        Blue Heaven www.blueheavenkw.com/ -
        Outdoor casual dining

        El Siboney www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com -
        Inexpensive Cuban cuisine

        Nine one Five http://www.915duval.com/
        Eclectic tapas bar

        Sarabeth’s www.sarabethskeywest.com
        Excellent healthy cuisine

        Pepe’s http://pepescafe.net/
        Great breakfast with outside dining. Also good for lunch or dinner.

        Croissants de France http://www.croissantsdefrance.com/
        Breakfast on Duval

        Camille’s http://www.camilleskeywest.com/
        Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Diner type atmosphere, but food and service are good. On Simonton Street

        1. re: DiFlorida

          If you are heading to Key West, I second the vote for El Siboney. My party ordered Vaca Frita (personal favorite), Siboney Steak, Ropa Vieja, Grilled MahiMahi, wonderful sangria, complimentary generously butter slathered Cuban bread. Not on the water but furiously packed. Catherine and Margaret Streets.

          The French influenced Banana Cafe has amazing crepes, both sweet and savory. Make sure to save room for a Nutella crepe at the end of the meal! On the touristy road of Duval, but so yummy. Duval and Catherine Streets.

      2. http://www.loreleifloridakeys.com/
        islamorada classic been her for ever cool island style
        little more expensive but every bit as good as peter lugars
        http://www.ziggieandmaddogs.com/

        1. My favorite place in Islamorada is Bentley's. AWESOME food.

          1. Caroline's on duval, best conch fritters i have ever had & I also 2nd Pepe's. Breakfast at Pepe's is awesome plus they make their own sun tea (you can see the jars brewing on the fence on the side of the building) with lime essence, yum!

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            1. re: banananyfl

              I'll second bentleys and add Key Colony Inn for the Grouper Parm and the homed dill ranch dressing with the salad served in wedges family style.

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              Key Colony Inn Restaurant
              700 W Ocean Dr, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051