"Clam shack" in the Keys?

Old Dec 25th, 2005, 12:39 PM
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"Clam shack" in the Keys?

Looking for the New England equivalant to diner-style, low-key, where-the-locals-eat places (clam shacks) in the mid Florida Keys. The Hungry Tarpon sounds interesting, however I'ld love to hear of other favorite lunch & dinner seafood places.

Also any Off-the-beaten-track sites to visit? The bird rehabilitation center sounds interesting, and maybe the Fossil Reef State Park.

Thanks in advance!
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Old Dec 26th, 2005, 03:38 PM
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I like the "Half-Shell Raw Bar" in Key West. Their motto is "Eat It Raw." They have great t-shirts also.
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Old Dec 27th, 2005, 05:37 AM
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ttt.
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Old Dec 27th, 2005, 11:29 AM
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In the middle Keys, the 7 mile grill kind of fits your decription, except it isn't a "clam-shack" in the sense that a clam shack usually features fried seafood. The 7 mile grill has all types of food, but certainly is a "low-key, where-the-locals-eat place".
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 04:16 AM
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Thanks! Seven Mile Grill sounds like it fits the bill. Just up the road I see the Cracked Conch Cafe (MM49.5) and Keys Fisheries - any comments on these?

Probably won't go to Key West this trip (been there done that), but thanks for the reply Budman. I regret that we never had our picture taken by the monument at the southern most point in the US, so we may do a quick diversion that way afterall.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 04:50 AM
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Though it's upper Keys (Key Largo,) I cannot pass up Mrs. Mac's Kitchen. It's about MM99.5. And several times a year, I start salivating, thinking about their onion rings. A serious local's shack. Get the fish basket with onion rings instead of the fries. You won't be sorry...
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Old Dec 30th, 2005, 07:37 AM
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For off the beaten track, feed the tarpon at Robbies (mm 77 - bayside) right behind the Hungry Tarpon. You buy a bucket of fish for $2 or so. These fish are prehistoric looking and vary large. Warning -- if it is very cold and windy, the fish may not come.
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Old Jan 16th, 2006, 05:07 PM
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Just returned and wanted to report that the 7 Mile Grill was great for what I was I looking for. Wonderful shrimp bisque (in a mushroom base) and conch fritters and fried oysters.

There had been a bad car accident right in front of Robbie's, so we couldnt feed the tarpon
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