We needed a break from the Miami buzz and hubbub, so we headed to Key Largo with my brother and discovered that tranquility is not so far away. A little over an hour away. Once a small piece of paradise is found, we do have to eat to keep our bellies happy and contented, so we paid a visit to Skippers Dockside.
Before I talk about the food, I have to say that this restaurant was remarkably charming. The decoration was faux-old style. The tiki hut, enormous with a full-size bar facing the marina.
We started with the Crab & Lobster Cake – Chipotle Aioli covered with Grilled Corn Salsa. This was my brother’s dish. I just got a bite, and it was ridiculously satisfying.
The Ceviche of The Day (shrimp) was served in a dried coconut husk. It was a typical Keys ceviche made with Florida Citrus, Red Onion, Tomato, Cilantro and decorated with crisp slices of fried plantain.
The Crispy Calamari were different– Sweet Chili, Cilantro, Line, Sriracha Aioli. Sweet and mildly spicy and very pleasant.
My brother ordered the Smoked Turkey & Avocado Club made with Swiss Cheese, Applewood Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato, Roasted Garlic Aioli; Toasted Wheat Berry Bread served with a crunchy pickle and Old Bay Fries.
I shared the Fish & Chips with my little one – Bear Battered, Key Lime Tartar, Old Bay Fries, Mango Slaw. I was really delighted. The fish was firm with a” chickeny” texture, such an enjoyable mouth-feel. The batter was light as a tropical breeze and the mango slaw? All I tasted was mango with the crunch of cabbage. The very best coleslaw I have ever had. Seriously.
I only had one bite of each of the desserts – Homemade Key Lime Pie and Warm Coconut Bread Pudding served with rum and raisin ice cream. Fantastic!
528 Caribbean Drive
Key Largo, FL — 33037
*Cover Photo by Skipper’s Dockside*