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. 

But our magnetic appeal goes beyond the menu. The skilled professionals who define our local hospitality industry do much more than mix creative cocktails and serve delicious meals. These hard-working men and women are 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 visitor or a fifth-generation local, your options are endless. Indulge in something new or revisit a familiar favorite. And above all, support the local owners and loyal employees who are vital to our Keys communities.

Raspberry Chocolate Bomb martini 
La Trattoria Oceanside, Key West

Drinks and dessert have never combined more perfectly than in La Trattoria’s Raspberry Chocolate Bomb martini, a mouth-watering mix of raspberry vodka, creme de cacao and Godiva liqueur. But don’t stop there. Make your way through La Tratt’s whole martini menu, which includes the timeless classic martini as well as some of the most creatively tasty cocktails around. 

Ivan Diaz
Morada Bay Cafe, Islamorada

Server Ivan Diaz has brought some of the finest food and drinks to the patrons at Morada Bay Cafe for 15 years. He enjoys serving at the beachside dining destination, which is home to some of the best sunset views. To those stopping by for lunch or dinner, Diaz recommends the watermelon salad. “With summer time right now it’s delicious,” he said. He also recommends the Key West shrimp and the yellowtail snapper. As for drinks, he recommends trying the spicy margarita. When he’s not working, Diaz spends time with his family. He also likes to go for a run.

California Burger
Florida Keys Steak & Lobster House, Marathon

Sometimes a solid American classic is all you need … plus a little twist. The Florida Keys Steak & Lobster House’s California Burger tops a certified Angus burger with tomato, avocado and pepperjack cheese. It’s one of many options on one of the largest menus in the Middle Keys.

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