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Islamorada Trip Report

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Spent President’s weekend in Islamorada. There are some nice dining options:

Pierre’s: Had two delicious dinners at Pierre’s. Pierre’s is a fine dining establishment, lovely atmosphere and menu. Really liked the fresh grouper with the basmati rice with apricots. My husband’s dry aged New York Strip was outstanding. They had a nice mojito but no craft beer selection—the waiter listed a (boring) litany of lagers and light beer options. The service was at times odd but did not detract from the pleasant setting and culinary offerings. On the second night the music was annoyingly loud.

Morada Bay Café: Went on a very cold Sunday and were not disappointed—they had heaters which kept everything warm. MBC is a very nice, clean, professional beach establishment—how often can you say that about a beach restaurant?! Drinks were good, lunch hit the spot. We were not there for sunset but think it is probably the place to be.

Chef Michael’s: In comparison to the atmosphere at Pierre’s, Chef Michael’s is more neighborhood-y. The place is so small that the host greets you in the parking lot—no room for a host stand inside, there are tables as you walk in the door. Had excellent appetizers—tuna tataki and best wedge salad ever. The main courses were not as good. My husband’s fish was overcooked, though the Adriatic preparation was delicious. My hogfish was overwrought—had the Juliette preparation, too much going on. They did have one nice Belgian beer—Le Fin du Monde.

Kaiyo Grill: Our hotel highly recommended this place. It is similar in atmosphere to Chef Michael’s, more casual than Pierre’s. Again the appetizers were outstanding (steamed pork dumplings and tuna tataki) but the main courses were a heap of average food. They did have one interesting beer option—cannot remember its name, not as good as the Fin du Monde.

Lazy Days: Went for lunch and ate on the balcony—nice view. Waitress was surly in that friendly local way. The inside is dark, scary and stinky—needs a good cleaning/ renovation. Really liked the lemon piccata preparation of the yellowtail sandwich. My husband had a grilled tuna, average or less.

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