Soooo, we flew down to MIA early Tuesday AM. We rented a convertible and started our drive.
First stop - Alabama Jack's. Had the conch fritters, peel n eat shrimp and my hubby had a fish sandwich. All were delish. We were happy to start our vacation off at this landmark!
Then, onto Islamorada, were we stayed the night at Cheeca Lodge. I am surprised by the mixed reviews. We found the place very lovely and service was top notch. We had a lovely sunset dinner at Morada Bay. It is a beautiful setting, but I found the food to be mediocre for the higher end price tag.
Wednesday morning we were off to Key West. Our first stop was the Hungry Tarpon for breakfast. My husband is used to eating at high end restaurants in NYC. When we pulled up, I had to convince him it would be worth the stop. It was! We had a delicious breakfast out on the back deck, while watching families feed the tarpon at Robbie's next door. The only downside was the no-see-ums that also had their breakfast on our legs while we ate! Still, a definite must-do in our book.
We also made a brief stop at Bahia Honda before getting to the Southernmost Hotel.
As some may recall, I had made a few posts before I left trying to plan my hubby's surprise 40th birthday party in KW. Here's how it went down:
As soon as we got to Southernmost, my husband went to Thrifty to return the rental car. When he got back, I claimed to be "starving" and dragged him to Duval Beach Club. Some of his friends from work were there waiting for us, as planned. I called them right before we got there and they already had the bartenders and servers in on our plan. Our friend was hiding behind the bar and they all surprised him. It was a blast!
From there, we moved on to Green Parrot. My husband didn't suspect that anyone else might be waiting. Once there, two more friends surprised him. We hung out about an hour and moved onto Flying Monkey. There, my husband's brothers were waiting! He didn't suspect a thing! It was great.
We then moved on to Schooner Wharf, were his business partner served as the final surprise of the night. I had a few of the tables reserved on the upper deck for sunset and dinner and we had a great time. I am so pleased with the service, food, and entire experience at Schooner Wharf. Sheree, with whom I had been in touch with numerous times over the past few weeks via e-mail, was most helpful. She delivered everything as promised. Our server, Vinny (I think that was his name?!) was wonderful, and even the owner, Evalina, came up to check on us. She is very sweet and we chatted for a bit. My only regret concerning SWB was that I never got up there again for the rest of our trip.
Our crowd was anxious to continue our crawl, so after dinner and singing happy birthday and Key Lime Pie, we moved on to Irish Kevins. We were all just having fun being together, but I personally didn't care for this place as much as some of the other folks in our group did. My husband did get to sing for the crowd (Sweet Melissa- Allman Bros Band) and lost to a girl in the Guiness drinking contest., which he, of course, claimed was fixed.
The last survivors in our crawl (by now which had been going on for 10+ hours) ended the night at Sloppy Joe's which had a good band doing 80s covers. Afterward,we stumbled back to the Southernmost (or did we take a cab? It's a little fuzzy, to be honest).
Since this post has gotten as long as our bar crawl, and I'm only on day 2 of our 5 day trip, I'll sum up the rest of the trip in another post!