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Dining in the Florida Keys

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A May 2006 trip to Florida Keys by Keysy

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Islescapes

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Islescapes Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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Fine Gourmet Dining on the Water by Dick ConklinThis week our featured restaurant is not a restaurant at all. It is a gourmet sunset dinner cruise that is unique, and ideal for, the Florida Keys. The setting, the staff, and the food are all first class–for an evening you’ll never forget.Picture this. You arrive at the dock about an hour and a half before sunset. Captain Alex Aller and Chef Dani Lee welcome you and show you to your table, complete with white linen and sterling silver dinnerware, on the upper deck of a 33-foot Carver Mariner motor yacht. Chef Dani describes the evening’s dinner fare, consisting of her own unique appetizers, salads, sauces, entrees and desse...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Islescapes
Robbie's Marina
Florida Keys, Florida
(305) 923-3319

Salute!

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Restaurant | "Salute"

Salute! Photo, Key West, Florida
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The other day we were waiting for a plane to arrive at Key West International Airport. We were a few minutes early, so we drove a few blocks down to Higgs Beach for lunch at Saluté, a breezy little open air restaurant that not only offers a spectacular view of the beach, it is right on the beach itself. Talk about sand in your shoes! While waiting for your meal, you may be tempted to join in a volleyball game or offer your services as a judge in a bikini contest. But you won’t want to miss the drinks, from a variety of chilled wines and frosty cold beers, to a full bar of cocktails and frozen concoctions. This is the kind of place that reminds you of why you came to the Keys. If we didn’t ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Salute!
1000 Atlantic Boulevard
Key West, Florida 33040
(305) 292-1117

Butterfly Cafe

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Butterfly Cafe Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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When we learned that the newest Keys restaurant was open for business, we didn’t waste any time checking it out. Butterfly Café is located at the Singh Company’s latest creation, Tranquility Bay, in Marathon on the grounds of the old Buccaneer Resort. The restaurant is located in the main building, just off the lobby. Walking out the back door, past the pool and toward the beach you’ll find a large tiki bar where live music is often heard.The restaurant is a classy, white tablecloth eatery that reminded us of some of Key West’s finer establishments. Based on Butterfly Café’s appearance, cuisine and resume, you’d expect to pay much more to dine here. The menu was a pleasant surprise, with reasonably pr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 7, 2006

Butterfly Cafe
2600 Overseas Highway
Florida Keys, Florida 33050
(305) 289-0888

Morada Bay Cafe

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Restaurant | "Morada Bay Beach Cafe"

Morada Bay Cafe Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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Picture this. You are about to enjoy a delicious seafood dinner at a table on a broad, white sand beach dotted with coconut palms. Tiki torches are lit as a beautiful sunset reflects on the waters of Florida Bay. Your server checks again to see that everything is perfect, while a guitar player strums island music in the background.This Hollywood setting is what many Florida Keys restaurants try to achieve, but few do. One that has managed to create a perfect level of tropical ambiance is the Morada Bay Beach Café in Islamorada. Our first visit there was a bit of a surprise; we expected to find a nice restaurant, but this was certainly above par. The restaurant, housed in an elegant old-sty...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 16, 2006

Morada Bay Cafe
Mm 81.6 / 81600 Overseas Hwy
Islamorada, Florida 33036
(305) 664-0604

The Brass Monkey

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Attraction | "Brass Monkey Lounge"

The Brass Monkey Photo, Florida Keys, Florida
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Almost everyone who has been to the Florida Keys has an opinion about the Brass Monkey Lounge. And those opinions vary dramatically between people who have actually been there and those who have just heard about the place. One customer called it "the heart and soul of Marathon". Another said, "If you sit at the Monkey's bar long enough, eventually you'll meet everyone in town". Certainly an interesting variety of people—locals and visitors, famous and infamous—pass through its portals. The legendary watering hole, located just around the corner from K-Mart on Sombrero Beach Road, is also known as the "Funky Monkey", the "Brass Monkey Center for the Performing Arts", the "In Place of the Out Islands" o...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 9, 2006

The Brass Monkey
234 55th Street Ocean, K-Mart Plaza
Marathon, Florida 33050
(305) 743-4028

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Keysy

Keysy
Florida Keys, Florida