Sponges, giant sea turtles, shrimp and fish are just a few of the types of cargo that would pass through the Bight weekly. Arrive early to get a table, or if you catch the tail end of happy hour, stay for dinner and sample the Mango Lobster Salad, Coconut Fried Grouper, or snapper in a spicy Cajun cream sauce. As if hosting a party in their own home, Isch and Forste take turns cooking family recipes and charming diners with witty stories. Try many and decide on your favorite. Try the Banana Chicken with caramelized walnuts. White and dark chocolate is melted between two flour tortillas and drizzled with a pepper-infused chocolate sauce.
So don't sweat the decision. They grill any fish that they have in the cooler. To be honest, there are many other places with great seafood. You can dine alfresco on their patio with the sounds of Jimmy Buffett classics wafting up from the band on Sunset Pier, as boats ply the aquamarine waters in the harbor. The snapper at Bliss, the Cobia at or the Hogfish at. For something low-key, head to Hogfish Grille or for their specialties--grilled hogfish and cracked conch sandwiches.
Don't miss the Key lime martini! The location where the Conch Republic Seafood Company® is now located has it's own interesting history. Note: they are closed on Tuesdays and for several weeks in the fall. Noting fancy but really good fresh local caught seafood. The Shrimp Po' Boy sandwich and the conch ceviche are two of their timeless menu options. Start with the fish tacos or the wild mushroom quesadilla followed by the house specialty, Thai Curry Snapper.
Conch fritters, salads, burgers, and hot dogs are equally tasty, and the anything goes atmosphere sums up the entire town. While the building may be new, the menu has stayed the same, featuring its simple, yet elegant approach to cuisine. My favorite place walking distance from you for seafood are , , Flaming Buoy and whatever the fish special is at. Other runners up are Thirsty Mermaid and 7 Fish. Start your meal with the trio appetizer: smoky-sweet grilled Key West pink shrimp with lime chutney, caprese salad and Florida lobster mac.
Finish with their delicious Key lime pie in a cashew graham cracker crust. If you're feeling more spontaneous, sometimes you can score a seat at the bar last minute. Our present day docks have long ago replaced the large, wide sponge market docks of the era. I'd suggest the at Eaton and William for lunch one day. After 20 years of having a small, low-key bistro, Seven Fish has upgraded to a spacious and airy restaurant on Truman Avenue. This seafood shack may look like it's barely standing, but the food certainly holds its own. I wont add mine but I would like to challenge you to find your own and after your trip - please tell us about it! You're within walking distance of so many restaurants that you can't go wrong.
For an entree try their house specialty--a light flaky pan seared yellowtail snapper entree with a fresh banana salsa. For a taste of a true local's joint just five minutes away from Old Town, follow the signs to the Hogfish Bar and Grill, located in Safe Harbor Marina on Stock Island. Try the Cayo Fish Mahi Mahi tacos, which come with big chunks fresh fish with mango, cilantro and red cabbage. Customer fave, the Koji Korean Beef Shortrib burrito, is both sweet and spicy with a hint of sriracha. This dock was just one of many constructed to allow the quality of the sponges to be inspected …. Partners Scot Forste and Fred Isch meld gourmet and down-home cooking, focusing on fresh island ingredients.
Dishes like the Key lime fish ceviche, paella and caramelized grouper capitalize on the fresh local seafood. Drinks are half priced everyday from 4pm to 6pm and a wide selection of menu items like peel and eat shrimp, Spinach Parmesan Oysters, Key Lime Garlic Oysters and steamed clams are all half off as well. Sample roasted clams or flaming Ouzo shrimp while enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic. For something on the lighter side, their savory Bouillabaisse simmers jumbo shrimp, clams, mussels the local catch in a saffron and fennel broth. As stated repeatedly , it's a matter of favorites.
An upscale Caribbean-American restaurant, Louie's Backyard offers island specialties like conch fritters spiced up with a hot pepper jelly or a unique version of shrimp and grits made with Key West pinks, mushrooms and bacon. Just like the classic waterfront joints of Key West past, the Half Shell Raw Bar serves the freshest seafood in a casual atmosphere. I did a double take when I read this caption. Finish with a slice of refreshing Key lime pie with a twist--a gingersnap crust. Note that the requested attire is resort casual. The Pan-Latin menu offers small and large plates, so you can design your own meal, whether shared tapas-style or traditional entrees. Finish with the Spicy Chocolate Quesadilla.
You'll love the dusting of cinnamon in the shape of a palm tree on the plate. Head to Berlin's, their cigar and cocktail bar, for your nightcap of fine cognacs, dessert wines and specialty martinis. The understated elegance makes this a perfect spot for romantic couples. The restaurant stays open until 9:30 p. The Hog Fish Grill on Stock Island has a killer Hog fish sandwich.
While the menu is small, it changes with the seasons offering a variety of unique flavors. All dishes call for an ice cold beer. Upstairs--called the Upperdeck--is a touch more casual with a wine bar and elegant small plates. With fantastic views of the Key West Bight, their wrap-around balcony is perfect for that romantic evening. No matter which you choose, Mother Ocean never disappoints. Jalapeno mayonnaise gives it that perfect kick.