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Florida Road Trip: Where To Eat Along The Keys

Planning a road trip to the Keys? You’ll love the brilliant water views, activities, and fun stopovers along the way to Key West. And one of the best parts of any road trip, and here in the Keys in particular, is the obligatory food stops. Here’s where to eat in the Florida Keys.

Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen

An hour and a half down Route 1 from Miami, Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen has been serving up founder Jeff MacFarland’s family recipes since the mid-seventies, earning numerous awards and accolades. The pink-and-green roadside restaurant is a great spot for breakfast—eggs with alligator sandwich, anyone?—and makes an ideal first stop enroute from the mainland to Key West.

Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen. 99336 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL

Snook’s Bayside Restaurant

Prefer to be on the water? Snook’s is another favorite restaurant in Key Largo, offering live music, tropical cocktails and delicious seafood on a massive patio overlooking Buttonwood Sound . Enjoy a minty mojito with one of the house favorites like truffle lobster mac and cheese, or the pistachio crusted yellowtail.

Snook’s Bayside Restaurant & Grand Tiki. 99470 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo, FL

Habanos On The Creek

Further down Route 1, Stop by Habanos On The Creek to find some of the most acclaimed Cuban food available on your road trip down the Florida Keys. This spot on the water serves up a blend of Cuban and Florida dishes with options like the churrasco wrap, as well as satisfying conch fritters.

Habanos On The Creek. 90800 Overseas Hwy. Tavernier FL

Chad’s Deli & Bakery

Chad’s Deli & Bakery is another beloved restaurant in Tavernier, Florida, which is an easy stop-off on your road trip down to Key West. This family-friendly diner has a number of fun menu items including build-your-own sandwiches, burgers, pizza, pastas, and a fully-stocked bar.

Chad’s Deli & Bakery. 92330 Overseas Hwy. Tavernier, FL

Chef Michael’s

Moving further south on your road trip of the Florida Keys, Chef Michael’s is a standout on the island of Islamorada. Come here for delectable brunch and upscale seafood dishes. The dock-to-dish menu items change based on the day’s catch, but you can always select from several cooking variations. We love the Ambassador-style fish of the day, sauteed with crab meat, shiitake mushrooms, capers and  key-lime butter.

Chef Michael’s. 81671 Overseas Hwy. Islamorada FL

Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar

Another choice restaurant stop-off in Islamorada, Florida is Lorelei’s, which is an airy bayfront roadhouse with seasonal seafood dishes, an outdoor, over-water bar, live music, and gorgeous views of sunsets over the Gulf. Order a bowl of Key conch chowder and enjoy the laid-back island vibes.

Lorelei Restaurant & Cabana Bar. 96 Madeira Rd. Islamorada, FL

Angler & Ale

Midway through the Keys, Angler & Ale is a popular stopping point on the water in Duck Key. We love the blackened seared tuna nachos as an appetizer, plus the jumbo-sized crab cakes, crusted with a delicate salt and vinegar batter with orange sriracha aioli.

Angler & Ale. 540 Duck Key Dr. Duck Key, FL

Wooden Spoon

Heading further towards way to Key West, Wooden Spoon is a funky breakfast and lunch diner that’s known for hearty Southern breakfasts with fluffy biscuits, grits, and a whole lot more. Time your trip right so that you’re here for breakfast, and all will be well.

Wooden Spoon. 7007 Overseas Hwy. Marathon, FL

Coco’s Kitchen

If you’re in need of a meal right before you make it down to Key West, we suggest stopping by the small and colorful cantina in Big Pine Key known as Coco’s Kitchen. You can find a mixture of Cuban and Caribbean dishes here that are great for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Coco’s Kitchen. 283 Key Deer Blvd. Big Pine Key, FL

The Grove Kitchen & Bar

Finish off your Florida Keys road trip with a bite at Parrot Key Hotel & Villas onsite restaurant—The Grove Kitchen & Bar. Open from sunrise to sunset, this is an eclectic restaurant serving up a range of dishes including breakfast tacos, ceviche burgers, and an array of tropical cocktails too.

The Grove Kitchen & Bar. 2801 N. Roosevelt Boulevard. Key West, FL

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