We receive a lot of questions from visitors on what are the most popular seafood dishes in the Florida Keys. Here are some wonderful recipes to add to your website's list of Florida Recipes. All are simple and relatively easy, just add your own favorite spices at the end or pick up a container of Melinda's Seafood Habanero Sauce. That is the sauce made specifically for Conch, Mullet, Blue Fin Tuna, Flounder, Yellowfin Tuna, and Gulf shrimp.
Our food pick winners. Seafood Paella (Florida Keys casserole with shrimp, sea scallops, mussels, chicken, mahi-mahi, sausage, peas, key lime Juice, with spicy yellow rice). Lobster Pasta (Florida Keys lobster, shrimp, sauteed with fresh mushrooms, herbs, key lime juice, brandy, cream sauce, with linguine pasta). Calypso Shrimp Linguine (Shrimp sauteed with garlic, scallions, creole spices, red onion, key lime juice, cream, pasta). Fresh Havana (Catch of the day which is typically mahi-mahi sauteed with chorizo caper-garlic tomato sauce, red onion, key lime juice). Coconut Shrimp Dinner (Jumbo shrimp, coconut breaded then golden-fried with citrus mustard sauce, key lime juice, broccoli, and island rice).
So many folks coming to town or locals need cheap fun away from the theme parks. Putt-Putt Golf is a sweet choice and it is also really fun to do at night, instead of heading back to the parks. Orlando has some really nice Mini Golf places over there along International Drive. We are big fans of the shows and events at Disney, the Lion King is Awesome.
The tropical lifestyle flows right over to the way drinks are made. Here is what is hot for a tasty martini. Fly Me To The Moon (Van Gogh Blue Vodka, Cointreau, Watermelon Pucker, sour mix, pineapple juice). Grape Crush (Three Olives Grape Vodka, Grape Pucker, sour mix, 7-up). Blue Agave Martini (Herradura Silver Tequila, Blue Curacao, Agave Nectar, lime Juice, grapefruit juice). Wild Cherry Cosmo (Stoli Wild Cherry Vodka, Cointreau, cranberry juice). Cookies and Cream (Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, ChocoVine and Cream, cookie crusted rim). Grape Bomb (Three Olives Grape Vodka, Red Bull Energy Drink, grenadine). Lemon Drop (Svedka Citron, Cointreau, sour mix, lemon juice). Goose Cosmo (Grey Goose Orange, Cointreau, cranberry juice). Almond Joy (Three Olives Vanilla Vodka, Bacardi Rock Coconut Rum, Chocolate Liqueur, coconut shavings). Cucumber (Hendricks Gin, simple syrup, sour mix, cucumbers).
I saw the motto for Daytona just the week before we left. Yes, it was Zip Lines, Beer Specials, Festivals & Hippies! What a very cool city that promotes itself so hip. The city does have that island vibe. Our focus was on enjoying the cool ocean breezes, cocktail in hand, with a hotel that had a big pool. KEY POINT: Make sure you get a nice oceanfront Swimming Pool, we learned that last year. The other key to vacations is spending homework time learning about the sounds of top local bands. With YouTube it is easy, and then you can better pick your bar for classic rock, jazz, R&B, country, pop and reggae. Remember, Music is huge Along the Shoreline and you can walk the beach at night and leave the car in the hotel parking lot. Way cool! Do not Miss the Bandshell bands every Saturday Night at 7pm. Just trying to help the Daytona Beach Florida Vacation Travelers. Welcome to Florida!
Just so good for breakfast, with creamy gravy over biscuits, and your pick of the grilled potatoes, grits or hash browns. They have super fresh and hot coffee too. They only yellowtail snapper fish they offer is just caught fresh catch! This is a good one for sure. Mrs Macs is one of a kind and has the wholesome vibe and pure Key Largo traditional cooking style. It is open all day long, but we have focused on the breakfast specials and lunch. Good muffins here too. I really like the cool smaller sized restaurants in the City Center, as there are a group of them at around mile marker 99-100. Try the Buzzard Roost - Sundowners Sunset Bar - Fish House - JJs Big Chill - Tower of Pizza - Garden Cafe - and Sushi Nami.
I have an important thought for you to ponder. Just think: (1) the money per day in a hotel or (2) that same hundred plus dollars could be spent on food, drinks, and entertainment at that location. I am saying it is called Splurge Day, Weekend, or Week. Instead of a hotel day, it is called splurge day and the hotel monies are spent going on things like the little toot! And the money spent is eating at the coolest restaurants like Frenchies and the money can buy drinks at the top floor bar. KEY POINT: The money targeted towards local hotels could better be spent by actually going to some of the places we pass up. You could have splurge day, weekend, or week rather than a condo week, plus a night or few in a hotel. Our family votes for Splurge Week!