A ship is safe in the harbor, but that’s not what ships are built for.
Eating in the Everglades
Since the Keys are a popular tourist destination there are a multitude of restaurants featuring all types of cuisine, but my family (who all currently live in landlocked locations, none of which have a tropical climate) went to Florida with specific gastronomical goals in mind: seafood and key lime pie.
The first of these goals was easier than the second, as we set out merely to sample a variety of the fishy foods on offer. All in all, I think I gained 3 pounds on this vacation; considering that we were pretty active, that should stand as a testament to the awesome seafood and even better dessert. It was hard to pick our winning restaurants, but these two gave each other a good run for first place:
Lorelei’s - Islamorada, FL
Bonus Points: Live music, beach view with sunset, outdoor eating
Turtle Kraals - Key West, FL
Bonus points: Best damn seafood in Florida.
…you pick the winner.
Our second mission, which we took far more seriously, was the search for the best Key Lime Pie in the Keys. We didn’t even glance at other dessert options as we quested after the Pie of all Pies - the only exception was the hummingbird cake at Ma’s Fish Camp (the winning restaurant) where we decided that anyone who could make pie that well could probably make other desserts pretty well, too. Ma’s pie was so delicious that we went back a second night, having eaten our main meal at a separate eating establishment. It was just that kind of good.
Unfortunately, the exterior of Ma’s did not match the calibre of her baking skills, so I didn’t snap a photo to add to the post. In lieu of that, I am providing a view of the sunset outside of Lorelei’s:
Let me know if you can find a key lime pie better than Ma’s. Go on, I dare you.