Tuesday’s Treats #114

Lazy Days

Location: Islamorada Key, Fl

The atmosphere here is definitely worth taking the time to sit back and enjoy, even if the staff seems a little put out when you come in with your party of eight on a Saturday lunch. We weren’t real sure what that was all about, but we just chose to ignore it and enjoy our lunch.

The bread basket that is brought before the meal is scrumptious. The pic I’ve included has a few biscuits missing, as our party was a bit like scavengers that day. Lol. The sweet loaf bread was divine!

Several in our party tried the coconut fried batter on our grouper and mahi, and although it was tasty, I do believe I’ll opt for the regular fried or blackened grouper next time. My husband’s blackened red fish was delicious, and our son’s steak was yummy; although, the fries could have been just a bit more plentiful.

The desserts were amazing; however, I’m partial to the key lime pie at another location. All in all, this place was good, and we’ll probably revisit when we’re back in the Keys.

Tuesday’s Treats #90

Square Grouper

Location: Mile Marker 29, Cudjoe Key, FL

This place has amazing atmosphere and an amazing grouper tater tot and chocolate peanut butter pie! Honestly, that’s about where I’d pause on my “raving” reviews. The rest of what our part had was good but not great. This restaurant is ranked #2 on the Trip Advisor reviews for best restaurants in the FL Keys; however, after a couple of weeks of vacationing there, my listing would just be a little different.

That being said, let me brag on the three things I loved the most:

The key lime pie was ok, but it was a little too sweet and not tart enough for my preference. The brownie sundae “thing” was amazing with the Heath bar crumbles on top, and the homemade lemonade was really good until you get to the last 10% of the glass when it tastes more like water.  💦

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heeseburger was great. It was served on a Chabayta bread, and the beef was thick and juicy. The fries were tasty, and the pickle was sour just as it's suppose to be.

The square grouper sandwich was definitely different and unique, but it was just kind of okay. I’m not sure if it was the build up for it (from TA reviews and the waitress’ recommendation) or the actuality of the food, but either way, we were let down. The skirt steak salad looked delicious, but our son said it was a sweeter tasting steak than he expected or desired. He also said the goat cheese was pretty heavy, and you have to really like goat cheese to enjoy it. <<<<<<<<
we enjoyed our meal with comfortable seats, decent food and enjoyable company. I guess I'd just have to say, considering it was ranked #2 in all of The Keys, and comparing it to a few other places we ate, we all left feeling kind of "meh." 😒 It really wasn't bad; it’s just if I’m going to pay $200+ for a party of seven at lunch, it might need to be a little better than this.  Evidently, it’s a local favorite despite our opinion, because as we were finishing our meal, the waitress mentioned that we had come at  just the right time. There was, now, an hour and a half long wait. This was about 3:00pm, and it was lunch time! … They do have a really cool lounge area that doubles as the waiting area (last pic), and they’ve got a neat aquarium in the center of the restaurant with genuine “square grouper.” 😉 So, be sure to check them out here, and you can decide for yourself if you like your Grouper a little more square. 😜