Brutus Seafood Market & Eatery

6950 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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Today my wife and I stopped at this location for lunch after church. We were not disappointed. The food was excellent and so was the service. I had the Lobster Melt and my wife had the Thai Chicken Salad sandwich. Both sandwiches were excellent and made with fresh ingredients. The sides, Black Bean Salad and Cole Slaw, were also very good and made on site. I recommend stopping in and try the many selections of soups.salads and sandwiches they offer. They also have a seafood market and sell locally caught fish, stone crabs and a variety of deli meats cooked in house with no preservatives. This will become a regular stop for us while we are here for the winter.
My wife and I have eaten here at least 6 times this Summer and each meal has been great. Awesome Cuban sandwiches, Hogfish nuggets, etc. Staff is friendly and attentive, food is fresh, restaurant is VERY clean. I highly recommend this place!
On our last night in the keys we finally found the food we were looking for all the way to key west. We came looking for fresh caught seafood. We found our favorite meal of the trip. We tried conch at other places and found it chewy and kind of gross. The waitress was super friendly and informative. She let us sample their conch ceviche and we actually liked it. We tried the shrimp gumbo. and it was as good as what we had in New Orleans. We tried a blackened hogfish sandwich and loved it. a grilled yellowfin sandwich was great. we tried the smoked fish dip, everywhere we went from no name pub to keys fishery ,nothing came close to Brutus. But we absolutely LOVED the coleslaw! worth noting, their french fries were really good too with this garlic cilantro dip and a chipotle ranch dip that were so unique and so good. We went back the next morning with a cooler and ice and bought some coleslaw and stone crab for the ride home! This place is super clean, super nice and not a dingy dive like other places we've went looking for food this good!

(305) 743-9181

Seafood Markets, Seafood

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JJ’s Dog House & Sports Bar

10700 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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This place is an absolute dive.........and who doesnt love dives?!?! This place is the best kept secret in the keys! I used to make it my mission to stop and have a beer at last chance saloon every time I drove to key west ...well it's now been replaced by JJs Doghouse! Can you really go wrong with a bar that's open from 7am-4am?!? The bartender, a petite blonde lady who goes by the name of Leslie....what a pleasure! She had a smiling face and a friendly personality the second we walked in even though I'm pretty sure she knew from the get go we weren't a part of JJs "local" clientele. She's definitely a big reason we will be back again....and again and again...and pretty much every time I drive fromMiami to Key West! A blast! One warning though....you CAN smoke in here so if that's not your thing...well you're gonna miss out on a fun, local good time!
Total old school blue collar joint! Smoke filled air and tough acting women! Lots of beer and booze choices. Love it!

(305) 743-5919

Sports Bars, Hot Dogs

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Butterfly Cafe

2600 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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Best fine dining between Miami and Key West. Excellent atmosphere. Truly an intimate, beautiful place. Great service. Very very good food. As far as the Keys go, this is "Woohoo! As good as it gets!" Highly recommended.
Service is very good. Must try the Napoleon Tuna appetizer... So so good! Filet mignonette was also delicious; the onion marmalade is superb. Downfall was the penne pomodoro with shrimp. So very bland, tasted like what a broke college student would make. However the shrimp they used were fresh and huge. Key lime pie is pretty good.
After a mediocre dinner elsewhere we stopped in here for desserts and coffee. The Key Lime Pie was top shelf & the atmosphere was comfortable and elegant. I had a decaf cappuccino--first for me in a long time b/c I don't do evening caffeine anymore--and it was soooo yummy. We walked the grounds and decided we wished we were staying there. At $50 for 3 fancy coffees and 2 desserts, it was a splurge, but the quality matched.

(305) 289-7177

Caribbean

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Barracuda Grill

4290 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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You have to work to get a five star rating from me and the folks at the Barracuda Grill did just that. Was it the best food I have ever had to eat... No but what they lacked in meeting my odd tastes they made up for by being attentive and making efforts to make me happy. The chef came out to check, the head waitress stopped at the table as well as the greeter. As a matter of fact everyone working the floor made an effort to see how we where doing. What about the food yeah, yeah, yeah. Food I guess that is why I went in. Best mashed potatoes I have had outside of my kitchen! And I did not even order the dish with the mashed. I had there meatball dish which was very well prepared and a salad that they made an effort to make sure it had what I liked in a salad! Carrots! By the way all the salad dressings are made there! I will recommend a must try if your in Marathon, Fl or just passing thru and also are not on a budget! Everyone eating there seemed to enjoy there meals which is a good sign. The place has an air of being posh but there is no dress code that I could see. Which always makes me happy when I go out to eat. One other very nice touch. I asked when do they close...and was told when people stop coming in. Thank you! More places need to have there attitude when it comes to feeding there customers. Only suggestion or request is serve real lemonade or get a few gallons from Wendys and don't tell anyone.
Ah what a pleasure, nice slightly upscale beach restaurant. Nearly everything on the menu sounded wonderful. Had the Shumai dumplings, which were GREAT! Sort of like an Asian fusion of Dim Sum and the rack of lamb which was awesome. The waitress was a little high strung (but nice) if she slowed down a little bit would have been appreciated.
Tuna tataki was a little burnt on the bottom--had to cut some off to avoid the charred flavor. The peppercorn salad dressing was very good-- had a little kick to it. Ordered the short rib entree and a duck entree with an apricot glaze. Both were good but not amazingly memorable good. It was a solid average above-average as one past Yelp reviewer put it. However for the price the food should have better.

(305) 743-3314

Seafood

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Nowhere Bar & Grill

11399 Overseas Hwy,Ste 123
Marathon, 33050
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My first impression was the place was very clean and organized which is atypical for the Keys. I thought the service was extra special and had a southern approach/hospitality. Our waitress (Megan) did a great job explaining the history of the location and the family involvement from front of house to kitchen. My food was grilled yellowtail, steamed broccoli and cole slaw. The fish was well prepared and the broccoli was al dente. The cole slaw was basic but lacked any unique flavor. One interesting item was the Picadillo slider. This was very tasty and had a sweet plantain tucked away inside! Overall I'd go back for the fish, service and the Picadillo Slider.
Great food and service. Was a little empty for lunch but it was Monday. The restaurant is located on an awkward corner but the food and service was worth it. Sandwiches were great and the presentation of the food was wonderful. The chef came and helped clean off our table and asked us if we liked or needed anything else. Great service and experience.
After a good weekend in Key West we started to hit the road and eventually find something on our way home. Well I was sleeping when I woke up to the silence and the heat. I have to be honest, we walked in and I was like uh oh, this place is probably not going to be good. With a major hangover, I probably would've ate anything so I sat down with the rest of my group. I didn't know what to order. I knew a salad was the healthiest but not the best for hangovers. I didn't know what I wanted, so I ordered beef nachos from the appetizers. Everyone's food was coming out, salads, jambalayas, burgers, and there was my nachos. O-M-G huge!! Had so much goodness to it. I was so happy with my choice, they even used queso fresco not those generic powder/cream cheese's. I know it's just nachos but it was pretty darn good. The portions are huge! Now the service.... This is not Miami, it was the keys and I didn't get her name but she was awesome. Always tentative and I couldn't be any happier. This is definitely a place out of nowhere but is really good. The menu is small and simple. Sometimes places get too overwhelming so this worked out perfect.

(305) 998-4451

Bars, American (New)

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Sweet Savannah’s

11287 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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I was in Marathon for the weekend, and I was looking forward to trying this place out. We tried visiting on Saturday, but they were closed for cleaning. On the way home to Miami, I convinced my boyfriend to pop in for a sweet treat for the road. It was delicious! I had the Coconut Joy, which had coconut and chocolate chips. YUM! The coconut ice cream was perfect, and I'm picky about coconut ice cream because it has the tendency to taste like sunscreen - yuck! But not this one, perfect balance of coconut and chocolate chips. My boyfriend tried the chocolate ice cream, which was deep and rich in its chocolate flavor - perfect for chocolate lovers. I saw they had a variety of baked goods as well - cookies, croissants, cupcakes, etc. I'm already looking forward to my next visit.
While on the way to Miami we stopped at this place. What a delicious key lime pie! You should visit this place and enjoy summer garden tables in the back. Don't to try cappuccino and their delicious ice cream. I definitely will visit this place on my way to Keys!
After eating dinner and heading back to our hotel, we wanted ice cream (well most of us did). So, we stopped in. Boy were we glad we did! All of us were able to get what we wanted. The hubby had a piece of cheesecake, I had ice cream, the boy had a cupcake, and the girl had a cookie. Everything was spot on. I had a Cuban vanilla flavor (I can't remember the name) with dulce de leche. It was perfect. Key lime cooler was the cupcake. It's flavor was sweet and tart and great! The cookie chosen was snicker doodle and you can't go wrong with that. Banana cheesecake was the flavor for the Mr. He ate it all up. The gals there were very helpful and offered to let us try anything we wanted. When we come back through, we will definitely come here!

(305) 743-3131

Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt, Desserts, Bakeries

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Laurie’s Deli

11090 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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Fantastic Cuban Sandwiches and Cuban coffee. Ladies were extremely friendly. We highly recommend.
Stopped in last year when we stayed in Marathon. We really enjoyed the Cuban coffee, pastries & breakfast sandwiches. I'll probably stop by 2 or 3 times this week. 8-30-15: Wish I was in the keys right now. Need a kick ass cafe like this in Michigan!
We stopped here on the way from Key West back to Miami because of the Yelp reviews - didn't want to stop off at a fast food joint. First, the people here were super nice. Second, the Cuban sandwiches were hands down the best ones we had on our trip, and that includes the ones we had in Miami. Only downside is the restroom situation - you have to go to the gas station, but it wasn't a huge deal (maybe would have been if it was raining, though). They had some amazing looking pastries and desserts which we didn't try.

(305) 743-2000

American (Traditional), Coffee & Tea, Bakeries

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Burdines Waterfront ChikiTiki

1200 Oceanview Ave
Marathon, 33050
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We found Burdines on a whim thanks to Yelp and were so so glad we did. Just north of the Seven Mile Bridge and tucked away on the intercoastal, Burdines looks like your typical dive bar/getaway in the Keys but it's that and so much more. Really varied, unique menu separates it from the rest. Nice beer selection too. Wife got the patty melt, loved it. I had the tuna melt (made from shredded ahi tuna) and it was really great. Their basket of fries could serve six people. Did not resist the fried key lime pie. It was ... interesting. In a good way. So many other items on the menu I wanted to try. If you're on your way down to the Keys/coming back from the Keys, stop by. You'll love it.
MUST HAVES: ICED TEA, HUSHPUPPIES, KEY LIME PIE. YOU'RE WELCOME Hungry, sunburnt and just off the boat (fishing for bugs all day)... we were in need of something that tasted good that wasn't going to be a disappointment. Thanks to previous reviews in yelp, we decide to give this place a try. To our surprise it was extremely yummy and tasteful. Very cute surroundings all open seating. And by open I mean just that there are no walls it is up on a deck overlooking the marina which is cute and quaint and doesn't reek of gasoline. The name of the place looks to have belonged to the original owners that are/were here for many years. based on the size of the palm tree dedicated to "Mr & Mrs Burdine" it's been there at least 50 years but then again I am NOT a tree expert. We proceeded to seat ourselves.. which is the norm here. Picnic tables and wooden stools at high tops is the norm don't expect cozy cushions. We sat down at a 6 top in a corner with a nice breeze. It is all outside there's no air conditioning but not to worry, the 500 fans keep the room cool that are continually spinning. And yes, they're the quiet ones they don't make any noise. Eventually our waitress came over and gave us our drinks which was ice tea (you must have it it's fantastic). It's so good (and they know it) they bring you a pitcher of it. Personally they should just bring you the pitcher and a straw. Very family style type restaurant everything is paper plates and plastic cups. The menu was one page two sided with choices of everything from deep fried to fresh salads. Go for the AHI. Not just because it's fresh that because they actually know how to cook it here because they do it a lot. You can have all the good fish you want in the world but if they don't know how to cook it it's not worth the time. According to our unamused waitress, this place is famous for their chili burger. I passed. HUSHPUPPIES. ..just do it. If you don't like them, I'll reimburse you. Get over yourself if your scared. Live a little. Does it really sound frightening with the name hush puppy? okay good talk. The portions are more girl size** then big hungry man size** so make sure you order accordingly. **Girl size - I eat more than once a day sometimes in public. I'm not embarrassed to put away my entire meal in front of certain company but this place won't make me look like a pig if I clear my plate. Most comfortable here with my brothers or someone I don't care to impress. I will be full when done. **Big hungry man size- Approx 200 to 260lbs, has gone all day hasn't had anything to eat and starving. Doesn't wanna wait. Will clear his plate and yours, and if he could, that person at the table behind you. All the food we had was good. Nothing to rave about but a first choice in Marathon. Seasoned fine, a little greasy but overall it was satisfying and it was also inexpensive for the 2 of us. Plenty of iced tea (free refills i think..didnt care) desert and even a couple appetizers we only spent about 50 bucks. The wait staff has been here for a while. Thdy weren't rude but they weren't overly excited to be there either. Then again I probably wouldn't be too excited to be working in 90 degree heat with heavy humidity either but hey , its what I signed up for. I'd bet money that tourists irritate them so advice- don't act like one. They (the staff ) all got along like siblings..when siblings are getting along, and didn't step on each others toes. They also seem to communicate and support one another whenever it got a little busy. Then again I wouldnt be that joyful to be around either if I was outside all day sweating in 90 degree heat with awful humidity. So if you're willing to sit back and be casual, not in a hurry and have patience this is your place. If you don't like heat don't go here because you have no room to complain about it. In addition if you have kids that don't like the heat please do everybody a favor and don't bring them with you. Expect non chatty servers, good prices, decent food, great atmosphere, better view, and great key lime pie. You should check it out. We will be back.
We went for lunch. It is outdoor dining upstairs. We had the bacon cheeseburger, fries, Mahi sandwich & cheese hush puppies. Fries were great, one order was enough for all 4 of us. The burgers were dry. Our server didn't ask how we wanted them cooked, so they were cooked medium well (it states on the menu that they are cooked that way. Our server was ok but was not very engaging & had a fake smile. Maybe she was having a bad day or this type of work isn't her. Typical seafood shack on the water.

(303) 743-9204

American (New)

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Juice Paradise Cuban Cafe

2603 Overseas Hwy
Marathon, 33050
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By far... the Best Latin breakfast in the keys!!! We love this place and eat here on our way down to key west and on the way back!! Every time!! Never a disappointment. Close to hawks cay if you r staying there and almost across the street from the turtle hospital.
Juices were really good. Veggies few option but non-veg was amazing. Really good taste.. Worth trying lunch while en-route Keywest. Staff was really nice to us.
It's a crack in the wall small little restaurant ! Excellent breakfast and Cuban coffee with milk and Cuban toast is always included in your meal . Ohhhhhhh don't forget seasoned ff too. Service I good . U will enjoy it. I had the scrambled eggs with Swiss cheese , ham and onion . Yummmmm traditional Cuban scramble .

(305) 735-4051

Cuban, Breakfast & Brunch, Juice Bars & Smoothies

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Marathon Yacht Club

825 33rd Street Gulf
Marathon, 33050
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This is a private club. We attended as reciprocal members from our local yacht club. Friday night dinner was a cook out with a choice of fish or steak. Our fillets were fork tender and cooked to the desired temperature. There was live entertainment. boaters tend to be a friendly bunch, and this group is no exception. We felt right at home.

(305) 743-6739

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