Traversing the bridges of the Florida Keys, one can expect picturesque sunsets, beautiful parks and renowned tourist attractions like Betsy the Giant Lobster and Alligator Lighthouse. What they can also expect is a Keys food scene that many locals and visitors have come to enjoy as they show off a colorful drink or a fancy dessert to the world through Instagram. 

Spring and summer dining is one worth diving into all the Keys have to offer. The impending May opening of the season for some of the Keys’ most prized catches, such as grouper and hogfish, is bookended by the end of stone crab season and the yearly lobster season. Looking for prime seafood? You’ve come at the right time. 

From Key Largo to Islamorada, a variety of restaurants situated along U.S. 1 and nestled along the ocean are the ultimate authority for table fare in the Upper Keys. Inside the Upper Keys Table magazine, find a directory containing the many food establishments. From food trucks and fine dining to bars and breakfast by the waterfront, believe us when we say there’s a little bit of everything for visitors and locals. 

So, flip through the pages for recommendations to satisfy your thirst, seafood cravings and that sweet tooth you might have. Find eye-popping pictures of some mouth-watering favorites and libations from Upper Keys’ restaurants. Adding to the dining scene are food trucks offering breakfast favorites, lunch options and dinner meals. Find out where these food joints are located and what they’re serving out the window. 

Also, dive into the “honey pot” of the Keys as we showcase the local beekeepers, honey makers and mead producers. And learn more about what’s hot in the Keys: peppers.  

Whether your Upper Keys Table gets you out for some conch ceviche and a sunset or staying inside to enjoy a hot, fresh pizza, pull up a chair and enjoy yourself, and let us take it from here. 


Jim McCarthy is one of the many Western New Yorkers who escaped the snow and frigid temperatures for warm living by the water. A former crime & court reporter and city editor for two Western New York newspapers, Jim has been honing his craft since he graduated from St. Bonaventure University in 2014. In his 4-plus years in the Keys, Jim has enjoyed connecting with the community. “One of my college professors would always preach to be curious,” he said. “Behind every person is a story that’s unique to them, and one worth telling. As writers, we are the ones who paint the pictures in the readers minds of the emotions, the struggles and the triumphs.” Jim is past president of the Key Largo Sunset Rotary Club, which is composed of energetic members who serve the community’s youth and older populations. Jim is a sports fanatic who loves to watch football, hockey, mixed martial arts and golf. He also enjoys time with family and his new baby boy, Lucas, who arrived Oct. 4, 2022.