Amidst the sparkling waters of the Florida Keys, Key Largo Fisheries has furnished kitchens and kebabs with fresh seafood fetched from local fishermen and exotic locales since 1972. Succulent shellfish including lobster ($10.99/lb.), stone crab ($12.99–$29.99/lb.), and shrimp ($9.99–$15.99/lb.) newly plucked from nearby waters unbutton their hard-shell exteriors to reveal butter-ready meat. Grouper ($15.99/lb.), yellowtail snapper ($12.99/lb.), and other finned fare make enticing grilled or fried main dishes, and an array of premade items including crab cakes ($7.99 for two) and smoked fish dip ($15.99/qt.) supplies gatherings with quick, convenient eats. To sate seafood cravings or cede to mermaids begging for scraps, the Take Away Cafe populates its menu with a range of oceanic ambrosia.
Who understands luxury better than a limousine aficionado? Limo Bob, the glammed-out admiral of a fleet of exotic luxury rides, now adds to Key Largo's only oceanside cocktail upscale lounge and limousine museum to his operations. After celebrating the good life with a drink like the Big Splash—the club's 30-oz. signature drink made with vodka, coconut rum, and Blue Curacao—diners feast on the likes of artichoke hearts and goat cheese mousse, then grab a ride in one of Bob's opulent vehicles. Unlike a taxi or a stretch bicycle, limos let revelers keep the party rolling as they tour the town they are now the toast of.
But despite all the revelry his business creates, life for Limo Bob hasn't always been filled with opulence and parties. A lifelong entrepreneur, he started several limousine business through the years that were met with bad luck, causing him start his enterprises over from scratch each time. Never giving up, he chose to learn from the past and has now built his limousine business into a popular, multi-state institution. Today, his priorities go far beyond doing good business and into doing good: he also donates his services to charities that help children, women, and the elderly.
Islamorada, deemed one of the Best Honeymoon Spots by the Knot, rests quietly in the upper portion of the Florida Keys, southwest of Key Largo. Visitors living the laid-back Keys lifestyle can bask in the sun, feed green and silver tarpon by hand from a dock, or saunter from snorkeling with dolphins at one marina to kayaking with paddle-wielding manatees at the next. Most eateries extend beach or patio seating to diners to offer a better view of the sunset and its reflection in the ocean while guests sip cool beers.The historic Overseas Highway, once a railroad connecting the Keys until Mother Nature repurposed it with a hurricane in 1935, now ushers motorists up and down the Keys to experience each bit of blue and green beauty Florida has to offer. At Bahia Honda State Park, travelers can tip their swim caps to a bridge standing as a reminder of the old railway as they wade to ultimate relaxation in warm Gulf water.
The passionate wildlife guides at Tours in the Glades usher nature-starved sightseers into the lush wetlands and past the stunning marine wildlife of the Everglades. Captivating facts about the Everglades’ ecological and cultural significance abound, as do anecdotes about some of the birds and reptiles that call the wetlands home. All tours include the proper gear for watery odysseys and transportation into the park, thereby obviating the need to hitch rides on the backs of water-walking lizards.
Hailing from Kingston and backed by 25 years of culinary experience, chef Derrick Anderson infuses each of Top Taste’s fresh Jamaican dishes with zesty herbs and authentic spices. Nosh on a whole turkey drenched in flavorful jerk sauce ($6.95/pound) or temper your fowl with fillings with the jerk-chicken salad ($4.29). The calaloo and salt fish mixes terrestrial greens with seafood ($7) to great biosphere-melding effect. On Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays the restaurant serves up border-bending Jamaican-style Chinese plates including chicken fried rice ($8.25 large) and butterfly shrimp ($10.50). Seating in the eatery is limited, so guests can pick up orders and enjoy them at home or in the camouflaged confines of an overgrown shrubbery.
Crêpe Maker’s vast menu of sweet and savory crêpes whisks palates away to the cobbled streets of Paris, where the tastes of sizzling fruits and cheese coalesce with the aromas of pan-fried butter. A Louvre-worthy assortment of veggie crêpes features sculpted wonders of tomato, cheese, and basil ($5.95–$6.95), and an El Rancho breakfast crêpe entices stick-wielding tongues with a plated piñata full of eggs, salsa, red peppers, onions, blended cheese, and vine-ripened tomatoes ($6.95). Taste buds may revolt against bland fare after beholding the marinated chicken breast and sweet baked ham of the cordon bleu crêpe ($6.95–$7.95), but a sugarcoated Nutella and raspberry duo will effectively cool their tempers ($5.95–$6.95). Modeled after the street cart creations of Paris, Crêpe Maker’s handheld fare can be enjoyed while strutting through promenades, sitting with friends, or sword fighting with baguettes.
Miyagi Sushi Bar's chefs wrap more than 50 varieties of specialty rolls, complemented by a menu of Japanese mainstays such as teriyaki, tempura, and udon noodles. Inventive, seaweed-bundled creations come drizzled with sauce and garnished with artful bouquets of julienned veggies. The trademark Miyagi roll tops spicy tuna, shrimp, and cream cheese with eel and red fish roe ($14.95), and the Miami Heat roll($13.50) pays homage to the team with breaded shrimp, spicy crab salad, and miniature basketball hoops molded entirely from wasabi. Alternatively, fish-free fare includes yaki niku, new york strip steak stir-fried with a jumble of colorful veggies ($13.95). Diners savor complex flavors in a chic space decorated entirely in blacks and reds, including black-framed mirrors, and shadows outlined with red magic marker.