The Wharf Bar & Grill took the place of the old Fish Cutters. It is really a great place. It has a lot of open air seating right along a canal with lots of working boats.
It is located at the far eastern end of Summerland Key, just before the bridge.
You can pull right up in your boat, as we did when Eric decided to just meet the girls at the restaurant rather than return home and get them.
The food is great. I love the Conch Chowder, which is as thick with ingredients as any you’ll get. Extensive menu, lots of other stuff available.
There is now an outdoor bar too.
Do not call the waitress “sweetie.”
25163 Overseas Highway
Summerland Key, Florida 33042
Murray’s Market is the closest place to get comestables and sundries.
They have a deli with subs and cut their own meat. They also have wine and cold beer.
As usual with the smaller markets they are kind of expensive, but it beats going 8 miles to Big Pine or 20 to Key West.
Going North, Murray’s is on the right, right on the Overseas Highway at about MM 25.
The building is still there, but Coco’s is no more. The little dive at the corner of Overseas Highway and Blimp Road closed sometime in 2010.
I loved this place. Cheap food. Good for breakfast with my wife or dinner when I was down here alone.
I hope some one reopens it, but I won’t hold my breath.
The nearest full-size grocery store is the Winn-Dixie in Big Pine.
We do most of our shopping at the military commissary in Key West, but we go to the Winn-Dixie at times. We have always had a reasonably good experience, but customer reviews of this store are horrible.
Big Pine Plaza
251 Key Deer Blvd
Big Pine Key, Florida 33043
Regular Store Hours:
Mon – Fri: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Sat: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Sun: 7:00 A.M. – 11:00 P.M.
Store hours may vary due to seasonality.
We love the local lobster. No claws, but the tails are great! We get fresh lobster either at Evie’s Sub Shop (her husband is a lobsterman/crabber) or at Fanci Fish Sea Food, both within walking distance.
I cut the lobster tails right down the middle of the rounded side. Slice through the meat and open the tails (see picture). You can use kitchen shears or just plain scissors. Then I brush olive oil on the meaty side of the open tails.
I get the grill good and hot and then put the tails meaty side down for 4 minutes. Flip and do another 3 minutes. They are great!
Little Palm Island is a very exclusive resort about five miles up the road. You must take their launch out to the island. It is certainly beautiful! The food is excellent as well. However, it is (to me) absurdly expensive.
Our guests love it though, and since they usually pay I usually go. We hear Sunday brunch is a pretty good deal. We plan to try that next.
I have to echo Joy Williams in her guide book , “You’re really going to go there?”
Very, very pricey.
Little Palm Island Resort & Spa
28500 Overseas Highway
Mile Marker 28.5
Little Torch Key, FL 33042
Katie spent the morning baking her own birthday cake, in this case a Key Lime Pie. Here are some pictures of the process: Crunching and Rolling the Graham Cracker Crust, Zesting the Key Limes, Pouring the filling.
We stopped for lunch at the Naval Air Station on the way into town. They have a beautiful marina with the “Navigator Bar and Grill” that serves good food and cheap beer.
We sat outside in an eating area right next to the nice beach.
No pets allowed on the beach.
The steps are painted. They take four hours to dry so I went to town to get a few things and I still have two hours to kill… So I stopped by the marina for a beer and a bowl of really hot conch chowder.
We like this place a lot! Right on the water and great food.
I was going to stick in a picture as I sat here, but I forgot the camera cord so that will have to wait until I get home and can get past the steps.
OK, the first real test of a blog from the iPad, with a picture taken and inserted at the time.
I decided to go to the local sub shop up on the highway. I jumped on a bicycle and in less than 5 minutes I was ordering an Italian Deluxe w/pepper sauce. Great sandwich… Don’t forget the pepper sauce.
They also had a bunch of stone crab available (her husband is a crabber/lobsterman), but no fresh lobster. They said you can order fresh lobster and they’ll go get it for you. I might do that for next week.
I did end up doing a little editing after I got back. The picture was much bigger than others and the text alignment was below. Other than that, it worked great.