FLORIDA KEYS TABLE – EXCLUSIVE DISH, DRINK, & BIZ SPOTLIGHT

The Florida Keys boast some of the most iconic eateries and bars in the world. 

Creative culinary minds elevate local seafood to new levels and celebrate contemporary fusion, Cuban, Caribbean, Asian, French and other international influences. Our chain of islands is one of the world’s top food and drink destinations. 

In addition to the eats, the skilled professionals who define our local hospitality industry do much more than mix unique cocktails and serve delicious meals. These men and women are also our ambassadors, social directors, travel advisors and unlicensed — but often effective — therapists. 

To celebrate our unique culinary culture, Keys Weekly brings you this bi-weekly feature to highlight the food, libations and local personalities that define our “must-try” destinations across the Florida Keys. Whether you’re a first-time tourist or fifth-generation local, be sure to indulge in something new or revisit a familiar favorite. And above all, support the local owners and employees who are vital to our Keys communities.  

MUST-TRY 

Mexican Street Corn Dip appetizer 
Square Grouper, Cudjoe Key

The dish started as a special appetizer, but repeated requests from customers earned it a top spot among the restaurant’s featured appetizers, said Square Grouper owner Lynn Bell. 

Made with a blend of cheeses, spices, corn off the cob, herbs, lime and Square Grouper’s own signature smoked-poblano hot sauce, the dip is served warm with house-made chips (and reheats beautifully back at home later.)

Heather Morelli. CKKEYSPHOTOS/Contributed

IN THE BIZ

Heather Morelli, bartender
Sandbar Rooftop, Islamorada

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Hometown: Manhattan, New York

Lived in Keys since: January 2021

Favorite drink to make: “Margaritas, because I like to drink them.”

Favorite drink to drink:  “Margaritas made with fresh lime, an orange slice, triple sec and a splash of sour mix.”

Favorite off-work activities: “I like to be out on the water, boating, swimming or paddle-boarding.”

KEYS COCKTAIL

Key Lime Margarita
Marathon Grill and Ale House

“We sell a lot of these,” assistant general manager Tiffany Scibilia said.

Ingredients: KeKe Key Lime Pie Cream Liqueur, Milagro silver tequila, triple sec and sour mix. The glass is then rimmed with Key lime syrup. “You can also take it up a notch with coconut syrup. It’s really refreshing with a bite.”

For more, visit our Keys Table Magazines online at https://keysweekly.com/table/. Our Florida Keys Table Magazines are published nine times a year in the Upper Keys, Marathon and Key West. For more information email: [email protected]

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