Peace, Love & Hogfish at Chef Michael’s in Islamorada

By Mitchell Nover

Despite the lack of power and A/C that many Miamians had to deal with after Hurricane Irma, all things considered, our city fared pretty well during the storm. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for our neighbors to the south in the Florida Keys. It’s been tough to hear about the destruction they faced, however the good news is starting to trickle in and, as of October 1st, the island chain is officially back open for business and happily welcoming visitors and tourists. Of course there’s still a lot of work to be done, and considering The Keys are a special place for a lot of us up here in Miami, it’s important that we do our part to help stimulate the local economy.

So, here I am, trying to do my part by recommending a great discovery I made on a trip down to Islamorada back in July in the hopes that you’ll soon make a visit. Chef Michael’s (81671 Overseas Hwy, Islamorada) is a New American seafood restaurant that serves up polished dishes in an upscale, island-style setting.

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Uncorking the Upper Keys

Outside of key lime pie and spiny lobster season, the Florida Keys are not necessarily known as a hotbed of gastronomic greatness. So when we were invited to the Key Largo & Islamorada Uncorked Food & Wine Festival last month, we accepted with relatively low expectations aside from the chance for an enjoyable day trip to the Upper Keys. To our surprise, our experience at the Grand Tasting – hosted at the beautiful Pelican Cove Resort – opened our eyes to some great hidden gems that are serving up both classic and modern takes on Keys cuisine. Here’s a list of the restaurants and dishes that left us wanting more.

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