The Best Places to Eat Key Largo

Need a taste of island life? Key Largo is the place to get it. From conch to key lime pie, you’ll find a little something for everyone, plus a view to boot! Here are the best places where we ate on our recent trip to Key Largo for our anniversary!

Sundowners

This is a spectacular place for a meal with a view! But you know how some restaurants with a view don’t really try that hard on the food? This place is not like that! Their cracked conch appetizer was unbelievably delicious—and I’m not even a fan of crunchy or fried foods. I would eat that every day if I could!

Cracked Conch with “Boom Boom” Sauce

For our entrees, Steve got the Key Lime Seafood, which came with shrimp, scallops, and lobster over rice, and I had the Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad. After a long day of travel, this was exactly the right thing to help me feel those island vibes and get a taste of the Keys. 

Key Lime Seafood over Rice
Shrimp, Avocado, and Grapefruit Salad

And what dessert could I get besides Key Lime Pie? The one from Sundowners will definitely be making an appearance in my upcoming post about the Best Key Lime Pie in the Florida Keys! The crust was melt-in-your-mouth style, the key lime filling was delightfully between custard and cheesecake in texture, and the toasted meringue is the best way to top key lime pie, in my opinion!

Best Key Lime Pie around? Could be!

Gus’s Grille

This seaside spot not only has spectacular views, but also great food! It’s located in the Key Largo Bay Marriott Resort, but everyone is welcome. I had breakfast there on our first morning in the Keys, and it was a peaceful, calming experience. 

We were scheduled to take a boat ride on the African Queen that same morning, so I didn’t want to overdo it, just in case the water was choppy. The Egg White Frittata with fruit and a bagel was perfect for me. 

Frittata with mushroom and spinach, plus a side of fruit
Toasted Bagel with butter, cream cheese, and jam

Sal’s Ballyhoo’s

This place was great! It’s between the lanes on the Overseas Highway, so you can access it from either direction. It’s a small place, with not a lot of parking, but it’s worth the trip! We stopped by for lunch after our cruise on the African Queen.

Steve got the Southern Cobb Salad, which looked hearty and amazing, and I got the Joe vs. the Volcano salad featuring Keys shrimp, noodles, peanut vinaigrette, spinach, and peanuts. But the real gem was the Key Lime Pie. It was voted Best Key Lime Pie in the Keys, and now I know why—it was truly amazing!

Southern Cobb Salad
Joe vs. the Volcano–it was a little hot!

Tower of Pizza

Pro tip: This restaurant delivers for FREE in Key Largo! After a fun afternoon in the ocean and by the pool, Steve and I wanted something easy that we didn’t have to get dressed up for, so pizza delivery was perfect. We got the Hawaiian pizza, which came with ham, pineapple, and extra cheese. The estimated delivery time was 45-60 minutes, and it took just under an hour. We were happy with that!

A little light on the pineapple and ham, but we enjoyed it anyway! It was definitely cheesey!

Cafe Moka

This little gem is actually in Tavernier, but if you’re like us and want a great breakfast on your way from Key Largo to Islamorada or vice-versa, this is the place for you! Steve’s acai bowl came topped with banana, coconut flakes, granola, and honey. I had my avocado toast topped with a poached egg and bacon, which was awesome. 

The real delight, though, was their seasonal vanilla-lavender iced latte! I’d never had an iced latte with actual foam on top, so this was quite a treat! Most coffee shops just pour straight-up milk in their iced lattes, where hot lattes get milk that has been steamed, and have foam. Trust me, this one was special!

Acai Bowl
There’s nothing better than a girl and her coffee!
There’s a thick layer of avocado and a few slices of prosciutto under there!

Key Largo Conch House

This little gem is hidden behind some trees and tucked just far enough away from the Overseas Highway to be intimate. We stopped in for lunch on our last day, and it was just the right send-off. We started with the Gator Bites (very Florida!), and Steve got the Crab Cake and Shrimp Salad–with a generous crab cake, I might add!

Fried Gator Bites
That’s a might big crab cake!

I got the Strawberry and Spinach salad, but the real star of the show was the dressing: straight-up maple syrup! I’ll remember for future salad creations of my own! And you already guessed what we had for dessert, right? Key Lime Pie!

Yummy and hearty–and topped with maple syrup!
Key Lime Pie with whipped cream and lime sauce

Want more? Check out my World Foods Page for all the best food adventures, and my United States Page for everything you need to know to plan your trip to the Keys! 

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Hey there! I am an avid traveller and adventurer, and you're always welcome to join me! The things I love most are God, my husband Steve, and seeing new places! My favorite places include Sydney, Australia; Ise City, Japan; and Bergen, Norway--but there's always room for more favorite places!

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