While kayaking over on Stock Island, we were asked if we had tried Hogfish Key West… well, we had not, at the time. A few missed turns and a hot and sweaty bike ride later, we found it… Hogfish Key West. Let me just say, were were not disappointed. This place is like stepping back into time. It’s Old Key West, it’s what the Lower Keys was, before chains and the carnival atmosphere of Duval Street… it’s home.
Yep, I said it. It’s what we all think Key West should be. Around Hogfish is development, but this little patch of heaven remains untouched. How do they do this?
The restaurant keeps its casual atmosphere. Outside you can sit at picnic tables, while enjoying the waterfront views. Inside, the old photographs and decorations invite your imagination to see sailors of old sitting at the bar with their draft beer and young girls flirting by the juke box.
The food is fresh, very fresh. The seafood is sourced locally by the fishermen who fish the local waters and unload their hauls directly onto the docks next to Hogfish. They are known for their Fried Hogfish sandwich. If you haven’t tried hogfish, this is a must do on your next trip down. Hogfish has a light and delicate scallop like flavor. When sandwiched between two pieces of Cuban bread … well, it’s just heaven.
Their daily specials are also fabulous. I find the salads are fresh and very filling. And, of course, the adult beverage menu offers a great selection.
This hidden gem remains off the grid to most tourists. On any given day you will find locals filling the seats and enjoying the views … and the peace and quiet. Stock Island is far removed from the hustle and bustle of Duval Street and most tourists don’t venture out this far. Stock Island is worth the drive, cab ride, hot and sweaty bike ride to discover. It really is a step back into the Old Key West, a time most have either forgotten or have yet to see.
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