My husband and I recently returned from a motorcycle trip to the Florida Keys. He and another friend drove the truck down from Wisconsin with the Harleys in tow. I flew to Orlando with another couple of friends who rented a bike there and we all met up for the trip down the turnpike to the Keys.
We spent the first night in Key Largo then spent the whole next day riding from there to Key West, hitting every little bar and restaurant along the way. Thanks in large part to this website, we managed to find lots of great roadfood. The first great meal was found at The Hungry Tarpon in Islamorada:
I had one of the best breakfasts ever here. I don't remember the name of the dish, but it consisted of crepes, crabmeat, overeasy eggs and hollandaise. Heaven. My friend had the same thing with lobster instead of crabmeat that was equally as good if not better. My husband had a breakfast burrito that was awesome, but not as good as my breakfast! All of that in a great outdoor deck setting right on the water. And with Mimosas! Now that's what I call vacation.
The next great roadfood find we happened upon was Herbie's in Marathon. Great local seafood at a great price in a very casual atmosphere. We got a crabcake sandwich which was big enough to feed us both:
Loyd could barely fit it in his mouth:
We thoroughly enjoyed this place (you probably noticed all the empty beer bottles
We finally made it to Key West. There were some food highlights, most of which happened at Blue Heaven. We went there for dinner and loved it so much we went back the next day for breakfast!
The highlight of our dinner was the stone crab claws appetizer:
Followed by great barbecue shrimp:
And conch encrusted Mahi:
Breakfast at Blue Heaven equally as good, consisting of Lobster Benedict and Blueberry Pancakes. Sorry, I didn't get pics. The other gems in Key West were breakfast at the Schooner Wharf, which also has a happy hour from 8 AM - noon
Also a cuban sandwich in a little deli which I can't remember the name of.
On the way back, we found a cool little blue collar hangout in the Geiger Key Marina. Great food, views, music, sunset. Here is the shrimp cocktail appetizer:
And the sunset, complete with cigar to keep the bugs away:
The last night we stayed in Port St Lucie on the way back to the airport in Orlando. It was just north of there in Vero Beach where I had my last great roadfood meal at Waldo's:
What a funky place. We had the peel and eat shrimp followed by a Cajun Grouper sandwich and a Jamaican Mahi Mahi sandwich. All were good. Here is me at Waldo's getting a message from work (a power company) saying that all the power was out in Iowa due to a major ice storm:
That was proof of the impending reality that was to come. Despite a foot of snow that fell in Wisconsin while we were gone, we all managed to make it home safely. We'll always have those memories of perfect weather, great riding and especially great roadfood. Thanks to all of you who offered suggestions!