Places to go in Islamorada

1 Jan

This is a deviation from a Milwaukee restaurant review, but if you find yourself in Islamorada here are a few suggestions.

1. Chef Michael’s

They’re known for their hogfish and I can see why. It was fantastic. Try the hogfish “ambassador” – with shitake mushrooms, crabmeat, capers and key lime butter or the “Ponchartrain” style with a Cajun cream sauce. If they have it, get the avocado salad with french fried onion rings and bacon. Yum! And save room for the 6 layer carrot cake.

Updated May 2013: We went back again 3 out of the 4 days we were there on vacation. It is THAT good. The “Adriatic” preparation is another dish to put on the list!

2. Islamorada Fish Company

Go for the stone crabs and their key lime pie. Best around, made in a giant coffee cup with a cashew and graham cracker crust.

3. Morada Bay

Nice atmosphere and, if you get lucky, you can sit at a table on the beach.

4. Hungry Tarpon

Down the road a tad, but worth the drive. Really laid back. You will wonder if you should eat there. You should! Be sure to have the tuna nachos. Ahi tuna chuncks dipped in panko bread crumbs then flash fried over a seaweed salad with an amazing wasabi cream sauce.

5. Kaiyo Grill

I have not eaten here, but it has a good reputation. We ran out of time to try it. We made the mistake of choosing Pierre’s over this.

Updated May 2013: We ate there the 1st night. It was average at best, which is why we were so excited that Chef Michael’s was so amazing. I would not bother with this place again when you can eat right next door and have spectacular food.

6. Breakfast – Islamorada Restaurant and Bakery. Or, Mangrove Mike’s, but we were not enthralled with our breakfast this time around, but it is quite popular.

7. Cocktail – Zane Grey Lounge, second story of the WorldWide Sportsman. Lovely view and very upscale, comparatively speaking, since not much in the Keys is very fancy.

8. Pierre’s

You know the expression “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me”. Well shame on me! Mediocre food , at best, and poor service. Pretentious beyond belief. It is rare I actually get angry eating at a restaurant. Well, it happened twice. Never again. There are WAY too many other great places to eat in Islamorada to waste your time here.

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