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Alabama Jack's Review

Calories be damned—the conch fritters here are heaven on a plate. Don't expect the traditional, golf-ball sized balls of dough, these are an unusual, mountainous freeform glob 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, maybe even tastier. This weathered, circa-1950 restaurant floats on two roadside barges in an old fishing community. Regulars include weekend cyclists, Miamians on the lam, and boaters, who come to admire tropical birds in the nearby mangroves, the occasional crocodile in the canal, or the bands that play on weekend afternoons. It's about a half-hour drive from Key Largo, so you may want to plan a visit for your drive in or out. Jack's closes by 7, when the mosquitoes start biting.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 58000 Card Sound Rd., Key Largo, FL 33037 | Map It
  • Phone: 305/248–8741
  • Location: Key Largo

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations not accepted.
Updated: 03-22-2013

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    The Gateway

    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.

    by phinz, 9/7/08
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    Won't go to Miami again without making a stop at AJ'S

    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!!

    by donh, 4/8/07

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