The Lower Keys still retains the aura of the old Florida Keys – the funky atmosphere that was epitomized in earlier novels and films. Home to the endangered Key deer, the The Lower Keys area has never undergone the development that has taken place in much of the Keys.
The restaurants in Big Pine keep to that aura – they are small, casual, and patronized by the locals. Cold beer, pizzas, and other everyday dishes are the norm, and the décor is unpretentious. Fish and seafood are prevalent here, as in all Keys restaurants.
Many The Lower Keys area dining establishments have unusual names – such as Square Grouper (taken from the slang term familiar during the drug-smuggling era), Mangrove Mama’s, No Name Pub (on nearby No Name Key). But as in all areas of the Keys, the food leaves nothing to be desired.
Just off the The Lower Keys is a private island, accessible only by ferry, with a luxury resort including a five-star restaurant. For those desiring true luxury, this is an evening that can’t be beat.Expect world class cuisine from the chef as well as impeccable service and accommodations from the resort.
For the everyday, however, the small restaurants and grills that abound on the Keys comprising the Big Pine area provide a welcome variety of casual dining experiences for the whole family. For a taste of the old Florida Keys, the The Lower Keys is the place to visit.
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