According to Trip Advisor, there are 139 restaurants in Key Largo. That means I need to spend about 20 weeks here to eat lunch at every one of them.
One week down, 19 to go.
We chose to concentrate on the waterfront places this trip and the Pilot House is aptly named for its very prime location on Pilot House Marina (ah HA...so THAT's how they got such a prime location: they run the whole marina!).
The hostess was kind enough to seat us in a sort of "non smoking" area outside (away from the bar and close to the entrance where a northerly breeze gently blew in fresh air and provided an air curtain from smokers at the bar).
The view, the breeze, the wonderful fragrance of fresh fish being cooked.....NOW THAT is how one should dine in Key Largo on the water.
Once again, they had us on page one where the list of appetizers was just too good to pass up. Plus, appetizer portions are usually light enough that one can continue onto afternoon adventures without the need of a nap.
However, I took a dedicated glance at the salad menu and Viola! They had a "Pilot House Salad" where one could add Mahi-Mahi and they offered it "anyway you like it."
My mouth is watering now as I recall this fish three hours after eating it. In a word: wow.
This fish was BLACKENED and the spices lightly encrusting it had just the right amount of impact for my pilate. Allow me that word again: wow.
Tasting this blackened mahi-mahi was one of those moments when you just place the bite in your mouth, close your eyes and SAVOR IT (gosh I'm having to swallow every couple of seconds here).
Once I finished the fish, then I tackled the salad not wanting to risk jeopardy to the lingering memory of a wonderfully blackened fish flavor.
Well that concern was unnecessary because the salad itself had this "citrus vinaigrette" dressing that was (two new words) "mouth watering."
Forgive me for going on and ON about a FISH SALAD but seriously, IT WAS EPIC.
My wife opted for the "Hot Creamy Crab Dip" and she was wide eyed on her first taste. Its delicious ingredients are listed in the picture of the appetizers menu provided above and the simple description of "Tri Color Tortilla Chips" inadequately BRAGS about the tastiness of these chips. They were delicious on their own but they certainly augmented and complemented the crab dip.
I had a cup of crab soup and it worthy of its namesake.
All in all, after a week's worth of lunch time culinary delight in the Keys, we're both looking forward to the remaining 19 weeks we need to spend just in Key Largo.
Guess we better start spending a month at a time here (plus, it'll give us a chance to shop for some post Irma "abandon ship property sales" of landlubbers giving up paradise for fear of hurricanes!).
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