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In an effort to take my visiting friends to a nice place to eat, we ended up at the Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House in Marathon. I wanted to take them to the Square Grouper because it is the best, but they were closed on Monday, so we looked elsewhere for a “nice” place to eat and quickly ran across a problem that I’m sure many tourists face: a lack of options. While there are many good places to grab a bite, there are not many “nice” places open for dinner on a Monday night between Key West and Marathon. There just aren’t. So even though it was out of their way, they trekked to Marathon with us to locate some good seafood.
I had passed by the Florida Keys Steak and Lobster House many times, noting it for its bright turquoise exterior and porthole windows. Because it’s right up the street from Marathon’s Turtle Hospital and because of it’s colorful paint job, I dismissed it as a tourist trap. It has, however, great reviews, and so we decided to give it a shot. So glad we did! They sat our party (of seven) right away and in a cozy alcove with a few other tables. The wait staff was attentive and friendly. The menu is extensive with many options including a sushi menu and specials menu.
Mr. Foodie spotted the Shrimp Diablo and, of course, ordered it. The red sauce was not quite as good as it was at the Ale House, but it was satisfying. I ordered the Shrimp Scampi because love seafood with garlic, wine, and butter – it is my favorite way to eat any kind of ocean fare. The shrimp was perfectly cooked in both of our dishes – succulent with just the right bite. Though the portions were generous, we ate every last bite. One of our friends ordered a surf and turf platter that looked amazing.
I wish I could have taken them to Square Grouper since it is a family (and local) favorite, but this was a good substitute. More basic than SG, but still well-executed with a cozy atmosphere. If you’re passing by and see the bright aquamarine surf and turf restaurant, consider stopping in for dinner one night.
Mr. Foodie and I are back home today, but I still have a few more Marathon eats to share and a work BBQ menu to plan for Mr. Foodie’s work buddies this weekend, so stay tuned!