The last time I visited the restaurant space at 7 Mile Marina, the “bar” consisted of some plywood planks draped across a couple of saw horses between coolers of iced down beer.
Though more than acceptable for a backyard barbecue, needless to say, I hadn’t been back since.
The Weekly Newspapers Island Eats team was pleasantly surprised at the renovations completed by the latest owners of the aforementioned restaurant area.
Fat Buoyz Pub & Grill, the latest dining incarnation in Marathon, carries clearly a biker bar theme with the signature Harley Davidson orange and black exterior.
The menu boasts “All-America fare on an All-American Road” with plenty of wild game specialties – the Wild Game Sausage Sampler and Rocky Mountain Road Kill Burger are absolute musts! – As well as fresh seafood staples to satisfy road-weary travelers. A variety of burgers and sandwiches as well as tempting entrees – Frog Legs served with Garlic and Butter or Cajun Sautéed – and a kids menu are available.
On Wednesday night, some friendly folks at a neighboring table let us sample their Fried Alligator Tail while we waited on our appetizers of “Hub Caps” – giant fresh mushrooms served with a heap of wild game sausage and topped with broiled parmesan cheese – and the Wild Game Sausage Sampler, served with a side of thin flour tortillas and mustard barbecue sauce. Though all three varieties were incredible, between the rabbit, elk and buffalo sausage, we agreed we’d definitely be back for plenty more elk sausage.
One member of the Island Eats team on a quest to find the best Reuben in the Middle Keys had been salivating all day in anticipation of trying the Buffalo Reuben. Piled high with house made buffalo pastrami, Swiss cheese, red cabbage kraut and finished with a smoked tomato mayonnaise on rye, this sandwich is one of the highlights of the menu.
I took our wonderful server Amy’s advice and tried the Rocky Mountain Road Kill Burger, ground and grilled elk, buffalo and antelope on a toasted pretzel roll topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and a choice of cheese. The thing was so huge; I wound up eating my burger with a knife and fork!
Burgers and sandwiches are served with kettle cooked chips and a pickle spear. French fries are available for an additional two dollars, but these sandwiches are works of art that could easily stand alone.
A couple of salads and wraps dot the menu as well as a black bean burger available for vegetarians. The taps have plenty of different brews and Fat Buoyz carries an impressive selection of wines by the bottle, too.
Fat Buoyz has also expanded the ground level dining space to include a stage and dance floor that hosted the well-received Blues Brothers look-a-likes last Sunday afternoon during the grand opening.
Every Monday at Fat Buoyz is Bike Night, and Tommy Santelli brings down the house from 6-9 pm. Other local favorites like Dan Sullivan are already in regular rotation on the stage as well.
Fat Buoyz Pub & Grill is located at 7 Mile Marina, MM 47.5. For more information or to check out their menu, call (305) 289-9964 or visit www.fatbuoyz.com.
Hub Caps, one of the standout items on the appetizer menu, are giant mushrooms filled with a heaping help of wild game sausage and topped with broiled parmesan cheese.
The Buffalo Reuben was piled high with homemade buffalo pastrami, Swiss cheese, red cabbage kraut and smoke tomato mayo on rye bread.
Road Kill Burger
The Rocky Mountain Road Kill Burger, a house specialty, is made with ground and grilled elk, buffalo and antelope on a toasted pretzel roll topped with lettuce, tomato, onion and a choice of cheese.
The Wild Game Sausage Sampler, complete with elk, buffalo and rabbit sausage, is served with a side of thin flour tortillas and mustard barbecue sauce.