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.

DJ’s Clam Shack, 629 Duval St., serves steamed, middleneck clams in a homemade garlic sauce that begs to be sopped up with the garlic bread they thoughtfully include. MANDY MILES/Keys Weekly

Caitlyn Catterson, bartender
Islamorada Brewery and Distillery

From: Vero Beach, FL
When did you move to the Keys? I moved to the Keys two years ago. 
Favorite drink to make? The Beer Flight. It gives the guests a choice of multiple beers.
Favorite drink to drink? I like to drink any seltzer.
What are you doing on your day off? On the boat fishing

Castaways’ Must-Try Cocktail: Pineapple jalapeno mojito
The much-requested pineapple jalapeno mojito has a kick like a mule. “We slice in fresh jalapeno, and oh, yeah, we keep the seeds in,” said Castaways’ bartender Shannon Hammett with a mischievous grin. She throws in fresh mint and lime, and muddles the mixture into submission. Then she piles in the ice, does a heavy pour of pineapple rum — “way too much rum,” Hammett said — and tops off the drink with pineapple cider. “Customers like the sweetness, spiciness, rum, cider and the taste of fresh mint.”

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