Something Fishy


The Fish House is a Key Largo institution. Located at Mile Marker 102, it is a large restaurant, dark inside with tchotchkes everywhere. Everything from palm tree Christmas lights to pictures of fish cover the walls.

I started the meal with a giant ice tea. It must have been at least 24 ounces. The food is the real star of the show here. Fish options on the menu come with a choice of  “today’s catch”, usually mahi-mahi, or yellowtail or grouper for an additional $3. I had the Matacumbe Catch with yellowtail. This preparation is baked and topped with fresh tomatoes, shallots, basil, lemon, capers and olive oil. I had this with black beans and rice.

Food comes quickly here. The yellowtail is sweet and tender, the capers add a brininess while the tomatoes and shallots round out the yumminess. The black beans are spicy and well prepared. The Matacumbe is a house specialty and with good reason.


We also had a grouper sandwich prepared Jamaican jerk style, served with French IMG_0105fries. The grouper was delicious, and a pleasure to have before the Jan. 1 grouper ban went into effect. The jerk preparation was full of flavor. The fries are crispy and look to be hand cut.

The Fish House is a terrific place for a lunch stop on the way to Key West, or if you are spending the day at Pennekamp.

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