The Wharf Bar & Grill. Summerland Key, FL
FROM THE ARCHIVES
Originally published April 2011
After a long weekend of parties, clubs, Ultra festival and very loud dance music in Miami, we decided to spend our last day in Florida driving through the laid back Florida Keys.
It’s about a three hour drive from Miami to Key West and the scenery is beautiful. The road is flanked by the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to the east and west and each individual “key” or island has it’s own style and more importantly, special places to eat.
Located on Summerland Key at mile marker 25, The Wharf Bar & Grill is a relatively new fish shack, restaurant, and organic grocery store directly off the Overseas Highway. We first spotted their colorful sunshade and dockside picnic tables as we were coming off the bridge and decided to check it out. After noticing the B.L.T on their menu stood for “bacon, lobster, tomato” I knew we made the right choice for lunch.
We sat outside on the dock and sipped some bloody marys and local beers while we looked over the rest of the menu, which is nearly all seafood. I had a hard time deciding between the fried fish basket, fish and shrimp po'boys, smoked local fish dip w cuban crackers and lime and both the red conch and white clam chowders. Ultimately, I went with the snapper po'boy, served with mango slaw and a lime, because I saw them wheeling in the fresh snapper as I was ordering, and I will state here and now that it was the best fish sandwich of my life!
The Wharf also has a small dock, boat launch, and organic garden on site and they will cook and serve your catch of the day just the way you like it.