Islamorada Recs Needed
Headed to Islamorada this Wednesday for a long weekend. First trip for the wife and I. Looking for some good recs for lunch and dinner. Looking for some fresh seafood...any pricepoint....and we will travel north or south as we have no set plans. Thanks in advance...
Since you are willing to travel, head south to Marathon and go to Keys Fisheries. Not the restaurant, but the outside bar. They have $1 stone crab claws, and $3 tuna tartar specials (at least those were the prices 2 years ago). Best stone crab deal i the state of Florida.
Agree with Daisy. You can spend the big bucks for overly fancy food that has long gone from style in the food meccas, with prices as high or higher than Manhattan or other international cities (mains in the $30-$40 range) or you can go local and dine at Ma's, where the fish is fresh, the ambience is not fancy but the servers are as friendly as can be, and that key lime pie will forever spoil you for desserts.
We have already booked our return for January 2014; will be staying on the sea just own the block from Ma's, and apart from the fried chicken at the gas station nearby (I forget the name) and perhaps a meal or two on the grill at our hotel, I expect to have most of my diners at Ma's, unless someone tells me otherwise closer to the date of arrival next winter).
WShat I would love is recommendations on where to stock up on fish and vegetables en routge from the WPB area...unfortunately, the Homestead Latin markets will be shuttered on our day of arrival, Monday.
<<<erica Mar 25, 2013 12:33 AM
Four of took the ride south yesterday, a Sunday. The market has a great atmosphere and one could almost, with some stretch of the imagination, imagine that you were in a local market south of our border. The fresh produce seems to be concentrated in one, covered building, which is the only building we had time to visit. It is labeled as "Farmer's Market")
While there are some rather unusual tropical fruits and vegetables (stacks of nopales, for example), the selection was not enough to make the long drive worthwhile for us. (NOTE: But if you are passing by for a stay in the Keys this is THE place to stock up--please tell me other options en route, as this market will be closed on the Monday when we pass through next January!! )
Prices were on a par with those at The Boys in Delray (papaya; $1 per pound; Ataulfo mangoes, $1 per piece; I had not seen these yet this season; field tomatoes, $1 per pound but not appealing in appearance). Good selection of peppers.
Dried peppers and spices were in good supply and seemed well priced; as were bunches of cilantro, epazote, etc.
I stumbled upon a very amiable Central American vendor of cheeses..bought some excellent queso fresco; she also had panela and quite a few cheeses, along with a type of tamale stuffed with cheese that I am kicking myself for not sampling. There were other vendors that looked interesting at quick glance, and undoubtedly there are treasures here waiting to be discovered, but we were pressed for time and our gringo friends who were un accostomed to Latin maekets, or exotica in general, seemed uneasy about the sampling the prepared foods, which I would have liked to try. Note that there is NOTHING remotely threatening about this market and I would be happy to take my 80-year old relatives on a jaunt.
Several vendors of aguas frescas in the usual flavors, from horchata to sandia, tamarindo, jamaica (also say many vendors selling the dried jamaica, which I believe are known here in English as hibiscus flowers). Good value aguas at $1 for a large cup.>>