Calories be damned—the conch fritters here are heaven on a plate. Don't expect the traditional, golf-ball-size balls of dough; these are an unusual, mountainous freeform creation of fried, loaded-with-flavor perfection. The crab cakes, made from local blue crabs, earn hallelujahs, too. The conch salad is as good as any you'll find in the Bahamas. This weathered, circa-1950 restaurant floats on two roadside barges in an old fishing community. Regulars include motorcyclists, families, boaters and the upscale crowd from nearby Ocean Reef Club, including Kathie Lee Gifford, who all come not only for the food but to admire tropical birds in the nearby mangroves, the occasional crocodile, and to jam with the bands playing each weekend afternoon. Dinner has to be early here; Jack's closes by 6:30, when the mosquitoes start biting. It's about a half-hour drive from Key Largo, so you may want to plan a visit for your drive in or out.
58000 Card Sound Rd., Key Largo, Florida, 33037, United States
Sep 7, 2008
If you go to Alabama Jacks expecting normal restaurant-level service, then your expectations couldn't be more out of tune with what Alabama Jacks is all about. The service is quick, the beer is cold and the food is incredible. Conch salad, conch fritters and a Red Stripe in the sun, staring at the mangroves and listening to live music are what this place is all about. It smells like the Keys, it looks like the Keys, and you can't put a price
on this kind of atmosphere. I don't need a busboy with a crumber or a sommelier standing in the corner with a white towel over his arm to enjoy the food and libations. Just take my order, throw the paper bowl of fritters in front of me and make sure my beer doesn't dry up. Everything else would just be stuff I don't need when I dine al fresco in the Keys.
Apr 8, 2007
What a fun place. We are from the Tampa area where there is Grouper everyplace you turn. The Grouper finers here were by far the best we have ever had. We will be back again and again!!