When visiting the Florida Keys eating at fun seafood restaurants are just as important to visit as the historical places that put this place on the map such as Sloppy Joe’s and Captain Tony’s or anything Ernest Hemingway.
The latter restaurants and bars are more for the nighttime partying scene, and seafood joints on the water are the best way to spend an afternoon.
When looking for restaurants in Key West tons come up in the search, but few that stood out above the rest. And when I mean ‘the rest’ I am referring to what the Conch Republic’s locals rave about. And Hogfish Bar and Grill kept popping up on all the cool blogs and websites that I read voraciously as part of my research for our trip.
Why Hogfish Bar and Grill is Different Than Most Restaurants
So why is Hogfish Bar and Grill a local’s favorite? Cause it is what the lower Keys restaurants used to be like when they were fishing towns before tourists discovered these islands.
The restaurant is located on a Marina on Stock Island right near the ex-headquarters of the Bay of Pigs operation. And during peaceful times this was where the Cuban ferry used to dock. Basically, it’s not a place you simply walk over to, you have to know it is here.
And once you arrive, you are so glad you did.
We arrived to Hogfish on our Hog (Harley Davidson) as part of our mini, way-overdo honeymoon.
The hostess at the door greeted us like old friends and we sat in the main dining area. The place was packed full with families and couples all enjoying the outdoor feel and great food.
As usual we love to try out the specials of the restaurant and the place we are visiting.
Instead of just getting different dishes, we got sample platters which is what I love most! A taste of all the yummy goodness.
We had stuffed shrimp, coconut shrimp, conch fritters, crispy hogfish fingers, and steamed shrimps.
And if you’re into spicy food, how about some buffalo shrimp with blue cheese sauce.
Hogfish Bar and Grill Specials
How can you come to Hogfish restaurant and not have the original Hogfish sandwich.
And the best part, only on Fridays, they serve up Conch chowder. The day we arrived it was windy and I was cold from being on the back of our motorcycle and this was the perfect way to start our meal. Honestly, I’ve never eaten anything Conch so it was a huge treat and tasted way better than I ever thought it would.
During our lunch Bobby, the owner, who is one of those guys you become instant best buds with, joined us making our time at his restaurant so fun. He gave us the dirt on all the things that were happening in his neck of the woods – Key West. Introduced us to some of his staff which you can tell are not just employees but are part of his family.
Our experience at Hogfish Bar and Grill was way more than just me-and-my-hubby having a seafood lunch. We left the restaurant feeling as though we were part of their community. And nothing beats that!
Information for Visiting Hogfish Bar and Grill
Even though we had samples of some of their dishes, there are tons more to choose from. You can get a good idea what you can get from their menu.
Just because the restaurant isn’t within walking distance on Key West, this is a must visit place. It’s open all day long, but I would recommend it best to be during the daylight hours and even better for sunset.
Address: 6810 Front Street, Stock Island, FL 33040