Dining in Key Largo

Key Largo is not what you would call a large metropolitan area, yet it seems to have a near endless variety of restaurants tucked in along “main street” of Highway 1. Trying to find a place that wasn’t overpriced but would keep our large family happy was certainly a challenge.

We sampled several restaurants and never had a bad meal – all offered standard American fare with an emphasis, not surprisingly, on seafood. Here’s a brief overview of our Key Largo dining experiences:

Mrs. Macs Kitchen (Mile Marker 99). Small, funky, great food, reasonably priced, uses old license plates for wall paper. Don’t worry if you have a big group; it’s a lot bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside.

Hobos (Mile marker 101). Large, lots of room for the big family. Reasonable prices, large portions, and unique twists on familiar menu items.

Pilot House (A couple blocks off the highway near Mile Marker 100). Feed the fish from the wharf while waiting for your lunch. Nice atmosphere right on the wharf. Waitress was nice, but had a bit of a tough time getting our orders correct. Prices seemed a little high for lunch, but the portions were generous. They do have live music in the evenings.

Conch House (around Mile marker 100). We didn’t eat there but our family did and raved about it.  Sorry we can’t give you any more than that.

You will not go hungry in Key Largo and you won’t have to break the bank to stay well fed. Next post we’ll talk about dessert, specifically our favorite places for Key Lime pie.


About Mike

I have a passion for adventure travel that began in 1989 with my first overseas trip: climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. Having never been to a foreign country, Africa felt like being on another planet; I knew then and there I was hooked on travel. Since that time, I have visited all seven continents and dozens of countries. I’m using the experience I’ve gained in planning my own trips to help my clients plan their own adventures through my adventure travel company (http://www.offtrailtravel.com). After working as a firefighter for the US Forest Service in California and Wyoming for three years, I moved to Durango, Colorado where I graduated from Fort Lewis College with a degree in accounting. After graduation I moved to the Denver area where I worked in a Big Eight accounting firm to obtain my CPA license; soon afterward I began a career as an auditor with the Colorado Department of Education. My background in accounting helped me develop detailed-oriented skills that have been extremely useful in researching and planning my own travel over the years. I think this provides a unique asset to my clients in putting together their adventure travel plans. I currently live in Golden, Colorado with my wife Valerie, who shares my love of adventure travel. I’m an active member of the Colorado Mountain Club where I lead trips for club members and have taught ski lessons in their Telemark Ski School. I enjoy skiing, mountain hiking, trail running, photography, and astronomy. I take any opportunity I can get to explore new places, whether it’s on the other side of the world or just down the road.
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