We’re visiting the Keys (well, really just Key Largo) for a few days.
Tonight, we wanted a restaurant with outdoor seating and not far from where we’re staying. Ended up at Hobo’s Cafe and was pleasantly surprised.
We walked in and we’re able to get seated right away around 19:30 but it was fairly busy for a Tuesday. The menu is quite large! The fans were going full blast but you could still make conversation and enjoy the recorded blues music.
My SO doesn’t eat large portions so we decided to split a small Caesar and the broiled seafood platter. There’s a small wine list and beer list with a few local Florida brews.
Salad was decent: real shredded Parmesan, well toasted croutons, crisp romaine, but dressing didn’t taste homemade. Not enough garlic or lemon or anchovy for me though.
The platter was a bit of a mixed bag: shrimp and scallops (three of each) were great, the mahi mahi (which I only learned recently refers to dolphin fish) was a tad over cooked, the crab cake was covered in some kind of sauce, and the poor lobster tail was broiled to oblivion. The vegetable side we chose was fantastic: crisp tender carrots, broccoli, red peppers, zucchini, and summer squash with loads of minced garlic.
Everything was fine until I decided to dip my fork in the tiny cup of melted “butter”: OMG, was this artificial butter popcorn topping? It had a strong tropical flavour, some kind of coconut oil based grossness. Then I started questioning whether the seafood had all been fried in this fat, and I hadn’t noticed before.
We didn’t have room for the obligatory Key lime pie so we took it back to our hotel. I’m eating it right now and it’s very, very sweet and creamy. Not enough lime flavour for me, and barely a hint of tartness.
This place is alright, reasonably priced, and its huge menu would be good for a group.