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Florida Keys' most incredible seafood restaurants—5 places you just have to visit

Pastel-hued houses, buried treasure, Key Lime Pie and sublime seafood, Florida’s arc of islands really does have it all. I was lucky enough to spend a week getting to know the Keys one blissful summer, so once you've checked into Ocean's Edge Resort and Marina and fallen in love with Key West, it's time to check out these seriously good seafood joints...

1. The Stoned Crab at Ibis Bay, Key West

The Stoned Crab has some of the freshest seafood around, specialising in stone crab and key west pink shrimp, don’t miss the ‘build your own’ steamer pot. I filled mine with stone crab claws, pink shrimp and snow crab with corn on the cob and potatoes. After being steamed to perfection it's covered with garlic and butter and really is very good. The Stoned crab also a brilliant selection of organic and sustainable wines, craft brewed beers and organic cocktails made with locally farmed fruits.

steamer pot filled with stone crab claws at the stoned crab in key west
The Stoned Crab's Steamer Pot

2. Chef Michael’s, Islamorada 

This is the place to go for conch chowder, ceviche and any of the catch of the day main dishes. Chef Michael's also have a great wine selection and some pretty decent Key Lime Pie too.

3. The Fish House, Key Largo 

The Fish House is SO laid back but the food is brilliant, they have daily specials and a regular menu, just order from the little window, then collect your food when it's ready. Try the lobster mac and cheese or their famous lobster reuben.

lobster rueben and lobster mac n cheese at the fish house in key largo
Tuna Burger, Lobster Rueben, Clam Linguine, Lobster Mac
& Cheese and Tuna Steak at The Fish House

4. Mrs. Mac's Kitchen II, Key Largo 

Mrs. Mac's Kitchen II has huge, well-priced portions (I had the fish tacos and couldn't finish them) and the best key lime pie in the whole of the Florida Keys. The interior is super kitsch with shells galore, twinkling lights and pastel coloured table tops, no surprise that it was used as a filming locations in the Netflix series Bloodline.

5. Little Pearl, Key West 

Little Pearl is fast becoming the place to go after only opening a couple of years ago. With conch chowder, ceviche, scallops and crab potpie on the menu you'll soon see why. 

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