Most of the seating is outdoors. There were a lot of thunderstorms around, so they sat us on the patio, under a roof, but outside. Everyone agreed the food (lunch menu) was very good. A little pricey, but not bad.
After lunch we moved around the corner to the outside bar and ordered a bottle of wine.
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040
While out fishing on the flats one day, we spotted an Eagle Ray not too far from the boat.
We manuevered a bit and managed to get near enough to get this close up. You can really see the Eagle Ray’s distinctive spotted pattern.
We were out behind Cudjoe, pretty close to Sawyer Key.
Of all the aspects of the Keys, the most striking is the natural splendor of the “flats.”
The varied sea bottoms are visible through the crystal clear waters and the sky is a fitting partner to the land and sea.
The famous game fish of the keys, sharks, porpoises, rays, crabs, lobsters, sea turtles; can all be seen out in the flats.
The unspoiled nature of the flats is best appreciated in the protected waters of the Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge. Cudjoe Key is located adjacent to the very center of this refuge.
Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge
28950 Watson Boulevard
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
Fresh seafood right in the neighborhood!
Up on the highway is the Fanci Seafood market. They have moved from where the picture was taken. They are just about a quarter mile West now. You can still bicycle there on the road behind the store.
Another seafood store got their lease. Who knows?
They have fresh local shrimp, lobster, stone crab, and fish (Grouper, etc., yummy!).
I think they just changed their sign after changing their name a while ago.
They also sell a great shrimp cleaning tool that we have two of at the house.
Prices are not cheap, but the catch is fresh and excellent. They are open seven days a week until 6:00 pm. (Their website says they are not open Sundays, but I swear they are.)
Walk or ride a bike (take a basket) and bring back the makings of a great meal. Take a left at the last street before the highway and go through the open gate to a gravel parking lot.
They also carry bait, chum, and ice.
22.5 Overseas Highway
Cudjoe Key, FL