Monday, October 10, 2011

let's review: sunset grille, marathon, florida keys

     We started our week in the Florida Keys by dining at Sunset Grille and Raw Bar located at the foot of Seven-Mile Bridge in Marathon. The fabulous Caribbean ambiance of the place is hard to put into words. The roof is an elaborate, thatched south-seas tiki affair. The entire property is out of doors... natural air conditioning at it's best.
     An upper level houses the main dining area and a bar. The lower level has a pool and more dining area. Patrons can lounge and swim and eat while enjoying the spectacular ocean view. How many establishments can boast that feature?
     We ordered the smoked fish dip to snack on while making our dinner selections. And what's the deal with smoked fish dip? It must be a Florida thing... every restaurant seems to have one on the menu. As long as we were with my sis and fam, we had to try each version. That rule applied to conch fritters as well... but that's another post.
     My husband and I chose to share a bowl of she-crab soup. Many places attempt to make this popular soup, but not all are successful... Sunset Grille is. We could have made a meal out of this soup or taken a swim in it. I did dab a little behind ear for later... to lure my date into a little late night nibbling;)
     Our entree choices were the Dolphin Jalamango and Blackened Hogfish. Both were served with coconut rice and black beans, plus a seasonal vegetable blend. The dolphin (mahi) was caught locally and grilled to perfection. The jala-mango salsa is made, obviously, from jalapenos and mangos. It was slightly spicy, a very good accompaniment to the dolphin.
     I asked for a light touch for the blackening seasoning on my Hogfish snapper. I really wanted the flavor of the fish to shine through. It was so fresh, it really did not need anything else. I would order this fish again and again. And maybe again.
     While her hubby chose a huge platter of raw oysters, my sis had the Thai Peanut Shrimp Skewers. The peanut sauce had a little kick to it. I liked the fact that the sauce did not overpower the freshness of the grilled shrimp.
     The only downside to the meal was that we were so full, we didn't have room for dessert... maybe next time!
Sunset Grille & Raw Bar on Urbanspoon

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