If you’re in Key West, chances are you’re spending a lot of time on a boat. [related] The fishing charters in the Keys can’t be beat but the mess deck may be too close for comfort when it comes to cooking your catch. The locals understand so they’ve got your covered. Here is a list of restaurants that will happily cook what you hooked. A few rules when it comes to cooking Florida Keys’ catch, though. Make sure you captain cleans and fillets the fish first and be sure it is in-season. Otherwise, it’s no fish for you!
725 11th Street Ocean, Marathon, Fl, MM 47.3 Oceanside
After enjoying a day of fishing in the fab Florida Keys, bring your bounty to Chef Lupe at Lazy Days and he will cook it up for you. Whole fish is de-boned and filleted for easy eating you can choose to have it grilled, fried, blackened or broiled. Got lucky with some lobster, he can make that too.
21 Garden Cove Dr, Key Largo, FL 33037
Once it’s caught, get it cooked at The Buzzard in Key Largo. The full ‘cook your catch’ dinner here can run the range from fried, frilled and blackened to menu favorite styles like alamadine, coconut, picatta or their famous Bert’s style made with Panko, tomato, basil, scallions and a Parmesan and lemon butter sauce.
589 6th St, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051
Cook your catch at Sparky’s or have it raw! That’s right, the chefs at Sparky’s Landing on Key Colony Beach in Marathon can do creative things like sashimi and tataki with in-season catches including tuna and wahoo. Bonus, you can dock right alongside Sparky's Landing and walk your catch in.
6810 Front St, Stock Island, FL 33040
Famous for their Baja style tacos and killer hogfish sandwiches, this is the place to be if you like your lunch (or dinner) with a side order of kick back and relax. They’ll gladly cook your cleaned and fileted catch. Have it either fried, blackened or grilled and served with rice or fries and veggies.
11400 Overseas Hwy, Marathon, FL 33050
If you’re craving Italian but want to cook your catch, then head to Frank’s! Snack on fried calamari and mussels fra diablo while you wait for your catch to come out either grilled, blacked or fried with Italian bread crumbs, natch. Or sample their catch – the place serves a fish francaise that will make any Italian grandmother proud.