Affordable Family Friendly Florida Keys Restaurants

As you would expect Seafood Rules in the Florida Keys restaurants. But you can’t eat seafood for every meal…or can you? Most serve up cuisine reflecting the tropical Caribbean flavors. Tropical fruits and veggies, fresh seafood, and tropical drinks both alcoholic and non-alcoholic (you must try Mrs. Mac’s Key Lime Freeze).  In season you can enjoy […]
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6 All Time Favorite Florida Keys Foods and Where to Find Them

The Florida Keys are well-known for many things such as Fishing, Diving, Beautiful Sunsets and of course Florida Keys foods. The varied recipes found in the local restaurants reflect a multitude of cultural influences from our Spanish, Bahamian, Caribbean neighbors as well as American cuisine. With Commercial fishing the 2nd largest industry in the Keys, just behind tourism, it […]
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Fishy Origins – Craig’s Restaurant – Super Fish Sandwich

The tale of a Keys dining legend. Craig’s Restaurant Super Fish Sandwich. Craig’s Restaurant has been open for business for 36 years and counting.  Its large red emblem above the diner, with the words “World Famous Fish Sandwich” just below, is one of Plantation Key’s most recognizable sights. Though if you ask Owner Craig Belcher, […]
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10 Things We Love About The Florida Keys

From Caribbean-like aquamarine waters to a friendly, island life attitude, the Florida Keys never fail to surprise first-time visitors. We love the food, rum, nightlife and sunsets, but were also charmed by the abundance of wildlife and the beaches (who says there’s no beaches in the Keys?). The Keys manage to deliver the tropical vacations […]
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Flavor at Key Largo Pilot House

There’s a new head chef at the Key Largo Pilot House, Luigi Maestri. Compared to most stereotypical restaurant chefs, he’s a little different —soft-spoken, unassuming and seemingly relaxed. Maestri joined Mark Charles at the Pilot House two months ago bringing his 15 years experience and skill to the kitchen. Originally from Colombia, Maestri is Latino […]
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Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar – Islamorada – Video

Lorelei Restaurant at sunset. It’s built over the water, and the views were breathtaking! The food is reasonably priced and delicious–especially their coconut shrimp and their key lime pie with mango sauce! How many times have you eaten in a restaurant overlooking a parking lot?! Not here! Nearly every table is open air, and the […]
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You Have Stone Crab Claws – Now What

Commercially caught Stone Crab claws are cooked immediately after harvest and available fresh cooked or frozen. Fresh cooked claws should be eaten within three to four days if packed in ice or stored in the coldest part of a refrigerator. Be sure to freeze only claws that are completely intact and free from cracks in […]
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Holiday Isle Tiki Bar Reopens After Almost a Year-Long Revamp

Did you know the famous Holiday Isle Tiki Bar has been closed for almost a year? Well it’s back and don’t worry, the rum runner stayed put. This is good news for your weekend plans. The debaucherous Florida Keys party bar — the Tiki Bar — has reopened after closing last September for “upgrades and enhancements.” […]
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Harriette’s – Upper Keys institution for 34 years

One word keeps coming up, over and over again, when people talk about Harriette’s Restaurant in Key Largo: Family. And it’s not just owner Harriette Mattson, whose breakfast-and-lunch restaurant at mile marker 95.7, celebrated 34 years on May 17. It’s the staff and the customers, too. Pat Baker, who has been at Harriette’s since the […]
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Summer in the Florida Keys: Best Places Not in Key West

It’s that time of year — when Florida residents flock to the land of Hemingway, hammocks and sunset celebrations – the Florida Keys. The 110-mile highway to Key West is peppered with attractions, restaurants and shops to explore, but you’ll need a place to stay and there are many good options. Here are a few […]
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Your Lower Florida Keys Vacation Bucket List

The Lower Florida Keys have some well known destinations. Lying between the Middle Florida Keys and Key West, with Big Pine Key’s Key Deer and Bahia Honda State Park’s beaches as well as one of the top diving spots, Looe Key, will keep visitors busy and happy. There are also may historic locations to satisfy […]
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Middle Florida Keys Suggestions For Your Bucket List

The Middle Florida Keys are an often overlooked destination. Lying between the Upper Florida Keys where you will find the Diving & Fishing Capitals of Key Largo and Islamorada and the Lower Florida Keys with Big Pine Key’s Key Deer and world famous Key West, the Middle Florida Keys is sometimes referred to as the Heart […]
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Upper Florida Keys Suggestions For Your Bucket List

Do you know how many parks there are in the Upper Florida Keys? Me neither. Between the City Parks: Islamorada’s Founders Park and Anne’s Beach, Monroe County Parks: Harry Harris, Florida State Parks: John Pennekamp and Lignumvitae and the National Parks-Refuges-Sanctuaries: Everglades, Crocodile Lake and the all encompassing Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, you are […]
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Florida Keys Restaurants – Zagats 10 Hottest

Living in South Florida means never having to experience a full-blown winter. Not with this heat, anyway. Luckily, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as it means that we can hop in the car and be in a tropical destination like the Florida Keys in just a matter of hours, in search of some laid-back […]
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Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet – Islamorada To Open 11-2016

Here is an artist’s rendition of what the rebuilt Whale Harbor Seafood Buffet in Islamorada will look like. The original was gutted by a fire two years ago, it is expected to be back in business November 2016, said owner Howard Brody. The buffet building, on which ground was broken during Thanksgiving week, will also […]
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Best Weekend Trips to the Florida Keys From Miami Right Now

  By Julia Ford-Carther Just a short drive from Miami, trips to the Florida Keys—stretching from Key Largo to Key West—offer a different way to experience paradise. Surfboards and Adirondack chairs beckon outside The Beach Café at Morada Bay. While Miamians live where everyone else vacations, residents like to sneak away occasionally for a change […]
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Key Largo’s Snapper’s sells for $7.1 million

Key Largo’s Snapper’s Waterfront Restaurant in Key Largo sold for $7.1 million this week. The popular eating and drinking spot at mile marker 94.5 was owned by Howard and Lynda Kolbenheyer for the past 27 years. Why did they sell? “Because it’s been 27 years and I’m tired,” Howard Kolbenheyer said. He and Lynda are […]
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Best Stops on the Overseas Highway – Islamorada

Road trips don’t come more spectacular than the Overseas Highway. Sailing through tropical savanna over the Florida Straits, it links Miami on the mainland with the 180-kilometer-long Florida Keys island chain. Most visitors head straight to Key West, the southernmost city in the continental United States, but if they stopped along the way they’d find secluded […]
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Smuggler’s Cove Now a Legal Battleground

Two thirds of Smuggler’s Cove Resort & Marina’s investors want the struggling hotel and restaurant dissolved and are accusing the owner of operating “his own personal fiefdom.” Court documents in the ongoing civil case detail how quickly the business relationship deteriorated between father and son Robert and Andrew Hirsch and Smuggler’s Cove owner Robert Cvetkovski […]
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