Sunday, January 9, 2011

Island Grill

85501 Overseas Highway
Islamorada, FL 33036
(305) 664-8400

Island Grill is a popular spot on the south end of Snake Creek Bridge, at mile marker 85. They have a laid back island feel, with a one man band playing covers, while you eat. Like many places in the keys, it looks as though it were slapped together with whatever building materials they found lying around. I went for dinner, so it kind of ruined the view - for which the place is known. That aside, the food was pretty great, and I loved the sausage and shrimp grits. A huge bowl of smokey smooth grits, with tender coins of sausage and plump shrimp. Nothing too crazy, but absolutely delicious. Truth be told, I am a huge fan of grits to begin with, so this was an easy home run.

The jumbo Cajun prawns were ridiculous. I have had large shrimp, but these things were unreal. Each one was the size of a lobster. The Cajun flavor was strong, but not overwhelming. The tails were tender, even though crustaceans of this size tend to get tough and stringy. Cooking them whole really held in the natural juices and I was pleasantly surprised with how much I liked them. Overall this would probably be a better spot for lunch, when you can take full advantage of the view, but the food was solid, and I would definitely go back for the grits.

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