Ocean is a relaxed, family-friendly restaurant open for breakfast and dinner, located directly off of the pools. The most popular selection for breakfast is their all-inclusive buffet for children and adults. Options include standards like oatmeal, pancakes, bagels (with all the trimmings), fresh fruit, yogurt, and a made-to-order omelette, to name a few.
Depending on the time, the line for freshly made omelettes can be long but they are certainly worth it! You have the option to select your fillings and cheeses.
If buffets aren’t your style or you know you simply won’t eat that much, you can also order from the menu à la carte. Options include fruit and yogurt plates, “banana brûlée” oatmeal, eggs any style, custom omelettes, buttermilk pancakes (with optional fruit on top), and “ocean waffles.”
The “Hook N Cook” experience at Hawks Cay allows guests to bring in their catch from the day to be prepared by staff and cooked at all outlets. For $25 per person, the fish will be cleaned and prepared with a choice of two sides.
If you have your own fishing charter, you will need to reserve boat slips in advance, but you also have the opportunity to book a fishing charter for a full day or half day. Either way, you have the opportunity to fish for the freshest of meals and have your catch artfully prepared for you at the resort!
With the “Hook N Cook” experience your fish can be filleted and then blackened or grilled. The resort can also fry your fish upon request, though many people enjoy leaving the cooking creativity up to the chef, as the preferred style depends on the type of fish.
Completed in spring of 2016, Angler & Ale provides a casual dining environment with seating available inside as well outside with dockside tables for lunch and dinner.
Appetizer highlights at Angler & Ale include island tuna crudo, crispy grouper cheeks, lobster mac and cheese, and tuna nachos.
If you’re feeling adventurous, go for the whole snapper! Lightly fried, leaving deliciously seasoned, crispy skin and sweet, flaky, white flesh, this dish isn’t to be passed up. Other highlights include the fish of the day, broiled Florida lobster, and salt and vinegar jumbo lump crab cakes. The crab cakes were full of jumbo lump, and the salt and vinegar chips were broken up into a crust, leaving a delicious savory note to balance out the otherwise sweet lump crab meat.
Dessert highlights at Angler & Ale include key lime pie, white chocolate chip macadamia nut bread pudding, and their mud pie. While all the desserts were amazing, the white chocolate chip macadamia nut bread pudding with accompanying toffee ice cream is a must-have!
When in the Keys, you should never turn down an opportunity for fish tacos! These tacos come with flour tortillas (or corn, upon request), tortilla chips, and the largest amount of blackened fish you’ve ever seen in two tacos!
During stone crab season (from mid-October to mid-May), stone crab claws are a regularly recurring special on the menu at both Alma and Angler & Ale.
During our trip, we were able to participate in making Key lime dipping sauce for stone crab claws, tropical fruit salsa, and a rice cake.
A timeless classic, the British Columbia oysters at Alma are served on the half shell with an apple shallot mignonette.
Richly decadent, appearing on the plate like a slice of savory chocolate cake, the roasted pork belly from Alma is like nothing you’ve ever experienced before.
If you are looking for a slightly lighter dish, the pan-roasted diver scallops from Alma are the perfect choice.
At Alma, with their Latin dishes inspired by Caribbean flavors, dessert highlights include the rich and creamy guava flan, coconut crème brûlée, and pudding de pan.
I highly recommend finishing the evening (or beginning the evening) with the Key lime pie martini — but only after you’ve made sure to enjoy key lime pie at each restaurant at Hawks Cay!