With commercial fishing serving as the second largest industry in the Florida Keys you can bet the seafood is fresh. In many cases the fish you ordered for dinner was unloaded at the docks that morning. Seafood plays such an important role in the Keys, locals are referred to as conchs – a mollusk (pronounced konk) found in the ocean.
Lobster and stone crab are local delicacies in addition to the large selection of fresh fish. Each year thousands flock to the Keys to participate in a two day sportsman season allowing recreational individuals the opportunity to catch lobster before commercial fishermen deploy their traps – commonly called “mini-season”. The lobsters that inhabit the waters surrounding the Florida Keys are clawless and offer sweet and tender meat.
Seafood tops the menu at many local restaurants – click here for a complete list serving seafood.