Thursday, July 14, 2011

WHERE TO EAT IN KEY LARGO


BALLYHOO’S GRILLE
MM 97.8
Key Largo
Open Daily for Lunch & Dinner
305-852-0822
www.ballyhoosrestaurant.com 

Housed in a quaint 1930’s Conch House, which was once part of an early fishing camp, this bustling Key Largo eatery serves up fresh local fish along with prime steaks and hearty sandwiches. Great seafood specialties include crab-stuffed shrimp, pan-fried scallops, twin lobster tails and Stone Crabs in season. Prime Rib Nights every Weds. and Sat.  Beer and wine. Major credit cards. $$
BAYSIDE GRILL
MM 99.5, Bayside
Key Largo
(305) 451-3380
Open Daily 11:30 a.m. – 10 pm
www.keylargo-baysidegrill.com 

A spectacular bay front setting and daily Conchdown to Sunset" Happy Hour, along with innovatively prepared seafood, "Keyribbean" specialties, Certified Angus Steaks, and outrageously good desserts like the famous homemade Tira Mi Su make Bayside a top choice with finicky locals and visitors.  Come by boat or by car. Full bar. Live entertainment. Indoor and outdoor seating. Full bar. Major credit cards. $$

BLUE COW CREAMERY
MM101.4, Oceanside  (Next To Publix)
Key Largo
(305) 451-3334
Open Daily
This family run ice cream shoppe, coffee bar and cafe serves up a plethora of original frozen coffee ice cream creations and a yummy array of premium "parlor-quality" ice creams, sherbets and frozen yogurts in both traditional flavors and quirky ones like "Butterfinger Key Lime Pie" and "Garbage Can-dy."  Breakfast and lunch here are just as delicious.  FYI: Be sure to check out the Italian and Cuban Coffee Bar! $

 BUZZARDS ROOST
MM 106.5, Oceanside,
Just Off US 1 at Card Sound Rd
Key Largo
(305) 453-3746
Open Daily 11 a.m –9 p.m.
www.BuzzardsRoostKeyLargo.comwww.BuzzardsRoostKeyLargo.com

Discover some of the best food around at this intimate Keys hideaway overlooking Garden Cove Marina. The fresh sauteed Lobster Rueben and Corny Blue Crab Cakes are truly Blue Ribbon worthy and you just can't go wrong with any of the fresh seafood selections or Prime steaks. FYI: The Champagne Sunday Brunch here is also outstanding.  Full bar.  Major credit cards. $$
DIGIORGIO’S CAFE LARGO
MM 99.5, Bayside
Key Largo
(305) 451-4885
Open Daily 4 –10 p.m.
www.keylargo-cafelargo.com

Family run for 15 years, this Key Largo favorite gets two thumbs up for its wonderful homemade Italian specialties and fresh, locally caught just-off-the-boat fish. Chef/Owner, Robert DiGiorgio's terrific  menu of centuries-old Italian family specialties, Certified Angus Steaks and fresh, locally caught seafood preparations along with an extensive international wine list, has drawn local chefs
and appreciative palates to his tables for over twenty years. Full bar with a cutting edge, exotic liquor selection.  Major credit cards. $$
DOC’S DINER
MM 99.6, Bayside
Key Largo
305-451-2895
Open Daily 6 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Family owned and operated, Doc’s is all about home cooking. You’ll find lots of delicious comfort food including omelettes, homemade pancakes and waffles. The “Champ,”—a savory skillet dish with hash browns, sausage gravy, American cheese and two eggs is the Boss’ favorite. An especially good lunch menu features traditional Cuban sandwiches, a Country Club and fresh fish sandwich. Don’t miss “Italian Tuesdays” with Italian lunch specials cooked up by Doc himself. MC/VISA.  $
 FISH HOUSE & SEAFOOD MARKET
MM 102.4, Oceanside
Key Largo
(305) 451-4665
Open Daily11:30 a.m. –10 p.m.
www.fishhouse.com

Featured On The Food Network and heralded by Fodor's, Zagat, Southern Living and Travel & Leisure, this local landmark is famous or its "Conch-style" cooking and casual, "Old Keys" vibe.  Fresh fish is the trademark here, brought in the back door daily by local fishermen and filleted on premises.  FYI: The Baked Stuffed Catch with homemade blue crab stuffing is excellent and the Key Lime Pie is as good as it gets. Fresh retail seafood market on premises. Full bar. Major credit cards. $$


FISH HOUSE ENCORE
MM 102.4, Oceanside
Key Largo
(305) 451-0650
Open Nightly  5 – 10 p.m.

Sister to the famous Fish House, Encore is also highly acclaimed for its seafood, steaks and sushi but offers up a completely different dining experience.  Fresh fish is still the trademark here but you'll also find a wonderful selection of meat dishes as well as a full sushi menu which you can enjoy in the lively piano bar, beautiful outdoor tropical garden or intimate indoor dining room where reservations are gladly accepted. Live entertainment Thurs. - Sun.  Two full bars.  Major credit cards.  $$
PILOT HOUSE RESTAURANT
3 Seagate Blvd., MM 99.5, Oceanside
Key Largo
(305) 451-3142
Open Daily 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
 www.pilothousemarina.com

“Home of the Keys' Only Glass Bottom Bar” Watch tropical sealife swimming right under your feet and enjoy Chef Sal's exceptional local seafood dishes, hand-trimmed steaks and prime rib along with a Raw Bar overflowing with ice-packed All-You-Can-Eat Stone Crab, Snow Crab, lobster, oysters,
clams, mussels and shrimp.  The outside Tiki Bar also serves up a great selection of Keys casual fare.
Two full bars. Daily Happy Hour  4 - 7 p.m.  Live entertainment nightly.  Major credit cards. $
SENOR FRIJOLES
MM 103.9, Bayside
Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-0650
Open Daily For Lunch & Dinner
www.senorfrijolesrestaurant.com
 Fresh tasty Mexican dishes, great margaritas made with fresh lime juice and spectacular sunsets are the de rigueur here where South Florida-style seafood and Mexican food collide. The salsa, guacamole and chips are all made from scratch and you just can’t beat the  All-You-Can-Eat Taco Night every Weds. starting at 5 p.m. Full bar.  Major credit Cards. $

SUNDOWNERS
MM 104, Bayside
Key Largo
(305) 451-4502
Open Daily
www.sundownerskeylargo.com
The only thing better than the fresh, locally caught fish here, is the unbelievable sunset which draws a lively crowd to its docks each day. Great bread bowl soups, salads, sandwiches and appetizers along with all sorts of interesting dish preparations. There’s also a good of selection steaks, ribs, chicken and vegetarian dishes, as well.  Check out the  All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry every Friday night and the Sunday Brunch from 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.  Full bar.  Major credit cards. $$

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