TGIF~Thank God It’s Friday’s


I do not feel the over powering urge to do a review but when I do it’s a special one.

Today we remember and honor our Mother. My mother is missed terribly. I wish I could call her. Only she had the answers I needed. No more direct info~answers from that beautiful woman. Then again, she is always with me and each time I look in the mirror I see her; so this is a good thing. She is never far away.

My daughter took me out for the day. Not just one ,but three awesome journey’s.

First we went to the local Marriott pool and hot tub. The drinks and water were perfect. The iguana’s  were sunning in the palms and all was serene in my world.

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We came home changed clothes and were off to the movies.”The Great Gatsby” It was a beautiful, but bittersweet love story.

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(Daisy is not a very likeable girl in my opinion)

Last stop, TGIF. No crowd. Perfect service and the food was seasoned and prepared to perfection. Kudu’s to the chef’s.

We had the Thai Pork Taco’s and Seared Tuna for appetizers.

~Thai Pork Tacos

Three soft corn tortillas with Thai marinated pulled pork, Sriracha aioli, ginger-lime slaw and hoisin sauce.

The Taco’s were moist, very spicy and delicious.

Ahi Tuna Crisps

Three blackened Ahi tuna slices on tortilla chips with house-made guacamole, jalapeños, Sriracha sauce and Avocado Vinaigrette drizzled with Cucumber-Wasabi Ranch.

For dinner I had the Grilled Salmon with Langostino Lobster

Norwegian salmon fillet fire-grilled and topped with a sauté of langostino lobster and cremini mushrooms in a zesty roasted Alfredo sauce. Served with your choice of two sides.

That too, was moist and flaky. Perfectly cooked.

The other dinner was Jack Daniel’s® Black Angus Sirloin* & Shrimp

10-ounce Black Angus sirloin fire-grilled and basted with Jack Daniel’s® sauce, paired with crispy Cajun-spiced shrimp. Served with your choice of two sides.

We had as sides~ Fridays House Salad ,Romaine, red cabbage, grape tomato, cucumber, mixed cheese and focaccia croutons with choice of dressing and a hot garlic breadstick.

The bread stick was not noticeably missing, sweet potato fries, loaded baked, mashed potatoes and Broccoli.

It felt like I was dining in a palace. Everyone was attentive and friendly. We met the manager KC, he was very personable and gracious.Several of the other servers came too our table to inquire of us.

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Our server was Dale.

That made us chuckle as we have an ongoing relationship with the terminology of DALE. Actually Dale’ in Spanish means “Speed up” Or “Hurry up!”

The dinner was perfectly timed.

We did notice one thing. We could hear everything. The music system was down and everyone’s conversation could be heard as we dined. That was interesting.

Oh and my Ultimate Long island Iced Tea created by Dale was superb. Smirnoff Vodka, Bacardi Rum, Bombay Gin, triple sec, brandy, Fridays  original sweet & sour, Coke and fresh lemon

Our take home dessert~Tennessee Whiskey Cake~A warm toffee cake topped with glazed pecans and vanilla ice cream. Served with butterscotch Jack Daniel’s® Whiskey sauce.

Really, I can not make one complaint if I tried.

There is something to be said for dining in a slow paced atmosphere. We were not overwhelmed with everything at once, and that I believe is what made the experience so enjoyable.

It was that great!!!

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DPChallenge~Local Flavor~Key West~ HogFish Bar and Grill


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I had the opportunity this past weekend to take Out of Towner’s to a fairly hard to find eatery. The island has been my home for over 20 years so I do know where the best spots are Smile

The Hogfish Bar and Grill is in Stock Island, just a five-minute drive from Key West.

NOTE: Listen to the “Stock Island Song” from the link above.

They serve the freshest fish anywhere in Key West, Florida.

The problem is finding it.

The address is 6810 Front Street, Safe Harbor~Stock Island, Florida

Phone # 305-293-4041

THE NEXT ISLAND OVER

The real Key West? It’s not even on Key West proper anymore, but just over the Cow Key Channel Bridge, on the even tinier Stock Island.

Source: NY Times

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Directions from Key West:

Take US1 North out of Key West and across the Cow Key Channel Bridge. At the third stoplight, bear to the right and on to MacDonald Avenue. Follow this for approximately 1 mile and make a right on 4th Avenue (across from Boyd’s Campground). Take your next left on Front Street and drive almost to the end—you’ll see the Hogfish Bar and Grill on the right.

Years ago it was called “No Name Bar” A rowdy little spot back then…the drinks flowed and many fisherman in their white boots made a bar stool their home till closing time.

Further up the Keys is another hidden spot called “No Name Pub” This bar is in Big Pine Key.

The Hogfish Bar is a little piece of old Key West. Scrumptious lobster bisque soup, killer Hogfish sandwiches with chips and slaw on the side, to die for Key West Pinks (Shrimp) snuggled next to a yellowtail snapper, a mound of stone crab claws and fresh slabs of grouper. My mouth is watering.

I was married to a fisherman and my fridge was always packed full of seafood.

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Live Music and the drinks still flow fast and furious Smile

Plenty of cats roam in between your feet. A bowl of water is always a welcome treat from the gracious servers.

The following pictures were taken of the local color.

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The Colors of Key West

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Huge Fried Shrimp Basket

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Fried Yellowtail Basket

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Baja Taco’s with Blackened Yellowtail

Bon Appétit

HOGFISH Bar and Grill

Come on down !

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