On any coast, I’m a sucker for fresh fish and a casual attitude. Give me a picnic table, a roll of paper towels, today’s catch, local beer on tap, and I’ve got all the atmosphere I want.
Locals in Key West sent me to the Hogfish Bar & Grill, a great restaurant, they said, if you can find it.
Hogfish is a trip. It’s not walking distance from downtown. It’s not even on the same land mass, but only a short drive to a quiet road off U.S. 1 on nearby Stock Island. If you’re driving, set your GPS for 6810 Front St., Safe Harbor Marina, Stock Island.
BTW, on the same island, the same owners — Bobby and Michelle Mongelli — recently opened Roostica Wood Fired Pizzeria, at 5620 MacDonald Ave. Terrific thin-crusted, Neopolitan pizza choices. From one of the high stools, you can watch your pizza cook fast, at maybe 1,000 degrees, “hotter than Vesuvius,” say the owners.