The Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key, FL

20140611_135104_resizedFor several years people have been telling me how good The Square Grouper is, but I have yet to make it there. Why? Well, generally speaking, once I am in Key West I see no good reason to drive another 22 miles north for a meal. I would stop on a drive south, but they are not dog friendly, so that does not work for Babka. But last week, I drove from Broward to Key West with my mom, and without my dog, so we stopped in for lunch.  Continue reading The Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key, FL

Creature of Habit

It is hard to believe that anyone could resist these delicious brownies!

It is hard to believe that anyone could resist these delicious brownies!

Each one of us is, to a degree, a creature of habit. We order the same thing again and again at our favorite restaurants, we go to the same places for gas and groceries. It is comforting. This past weekend, I realized just how much we like to keep things the same. Continue reading Creature of Habit

Village Gourmet, Islamorada

I have been to the Village Gourmet a bunch of times, usually just for a quick coffee and maybe a pastry for the road. Last week we had the opportunity for an actual meal there.  Continue reading Village Gourmet, Islamorada

Bob’s Bunz, Islamorada

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Florida Keys Girl’s Insider’s Guide to the Keys

I was recently approached by the folks at to answer a few questions about the Florida Keys and Key West  for their Insider’s Guide to the Keys. Naturally, since I can’t shut up about how great Key West, and all of the Keys are, I answered. At length. Great restaurants? Check. Fun things to do . . . → Read More: Florida Keys Girl’s Insider’s Guide to the Keys

Shula Burger, Islamorada

The catchphrase is “If you love our steaks you’ll flip for our burgers” and the first location (although several more are planned, along with franchises) is in the Florida Keys, at the Postcard Inn at Holidays Isle.They have billboards with big, juicy burgers tempting all driving by. Continue reading Shula Burger, Islamorada

Sparky’s Landing, Key Colony Beach

I had the rare opportunity to be traveling early in the day last week, which left me hungry and needing lunch on the drive from the mainland to Key West. But where to go? It had to be someplace with outdoor seating that allows dogs. Plus, I wanted somewhere with table service. I was not in the mood for DIY, so that eliminated the obvious choice of Keys Fisheries.  We chose Sparky’s Landing on Key Colony Beach.  Continue reading Sparky’s Landing, Key Colony Beach

Little Palm Island

Little Palm Island is the place people dream of when they picture the idyllic Florida Keys. Secluded and three miles off the coast, Little Palm Island is only accessible by boat. We arrived at the ferry parking lot and were greeted warmly by the attendant. After about three minutes we were escorted to the boat with four other people, all of whom appeared to be spending one or more nights (the suitcases gave them away.)

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Geiger Key Marina & Restaurant

The view from our table... not too shabby.

Last week, to kick of Eating Key West weekend (which, much to my dismay, was not a universally celebrated event), we stopped at Geiger Key Marina & Smokehouse for lunch. While we missed the Sunday B-B-Q day, we did enjoy a wonderful lunch there. Continue reading Geiger Key Marina & Restaurant

Pilot House, Key Largo


Worth the effort to find.

So there I was, driving northbound along the Overseas Highway when we decided to stop for lunch. Having done some research (OK, I Googled “Dog friendly restaurants in Key Largo” while my mom was driving) we settled on lunch at Snappers. Turns out, they only allow dogs in one small area of the outside, and only after 4 PM. That hardly seems dog friendly to me. After being rejected by Snappers, we headed to the Pilot House. This time I called ahead and made sure it is Babka-friendly. Indeed, it is. Continue reading Pilot House, Key Largo

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