Need something to do this weekend? Head down to the Florida Keys this weekend, March 9th & 10th, and enjoy a scrumptious buffet of all your favorite seafood at the Marathon Seafood Festival. This festival, the 2nd largest in the Keys, is a fun family event featuring all sorts of gourmet delicacies like lobster, stone crab, shrimp and mahi mahi all from the local Florida Keys waters. Taking place at Marathon Community Park (MM49), there will be live music, vendor booths, children’s games, raffles as well as an art show.
Stay in Marathon or in beautiful Islamorada and, when not eating your fill of seafood, relax by the pool or take a fishing or dive trip out on the Florida Bay. How about a trip to the 7-Mile Bridge or ferry on over to Pigeon Key. Or you just might want to sit back and enjoy some of the casual restaurants on the water with some equally fantastic Happy Hours. Here are a few restaurant suggestions for your weekend trip.
Burdines Waterfront Chiki Tiki Bar & Grill (MM47.5) – this casual locals place has a great happy hour (beer & wine only) with live music and fantastic food all with a view overlooking Boot Key Harbor Waterway. Climb up to the second floor and order up a grilled mahi sandwich (with some green chilies), tuna melt or a chicken spinach feta burger and some of the best French fries you have ever tasted.
Barnacle Barneys Tiki Bar at The Hammocks (MM48) – an open air tiki bar overlooking the marina and Gulf of Mexico serving tropical drinks, snacks and cooked meals in an idyllic setting. So pull up a stool, relax and soak in the atmosphere. And don’t be surprised when the sun hits the water if you hear a big boom as the cannon blast signals the end to another day in paradise.
Lorelei (MM81.9) – dine on the water and fun for the whole family. Join in their nightly sunset celebration with live music, a wandering magician and, of course, a “sunsational” sunset.
Green Turtle Inn (81.2) – great happy hour and one of the oldest restaurants in the Keys. If you want to experience genuine southern hospitality in a quaint, laid-back rustic atmosphere this is the place to come. Serving inventive southern-style fare.
Hungry Tarpon Restaurant (77.5) – Stop by this old marina fish shack, located in Robbie’s Marina, that has been standing since 1947 and dine dockside. Now don’t judge a restaurant by its looks because they serve up some of the best food in the area. Sit out by the water and let the kids feed the tarpon while you sip away on your favorite concoction.
Jaws Raw Bar at Holiday Isle (mm84) – is hidden behind the Postcard Inn Resort and located only a few steps away from Florida Bay. It’s a very laid back outdoor bar with good food and drinks, live entertainment and just the place for a lazy afternoon or evening.
Kaiyo Grill & Sushi (MM81.7) – if you love fresh sushi, wood-grilled items and some very classy, innovative cuisine. The dining area is very casually hip with soft lighting, whimsical Keys art and background music that creates a warm ambiance to better enjoy your meal. You can also opt to dine al fresco on their wrap-around porch.
Have fun and enjoy Florida’s great cuisine, warm temperatures and sunshine!
For more information check out their site – www.marathonseafoodfestival.com/