Buzzards Roost

Review by: Roadfood Team

Good eating at Buzzards Roost!  It is off the beaten path and on the waterfront in Key Largo.

We stopped at a highly recommended place in Key Largo after leaving the Bright Light city of Miami. The Buzzards Roost is NOT on the edge of the road but really worth the short, half-mile side-street trip to get there. There is a strange old car out in a field with a HUGE buzzard sitting on top to show you the way (on the left side of the road before you get into Key Largo proper).

What should I eat at Buzzards Roost?

We had been told to ask for the hogfish sandwich, as it is not always on the menu. They did have freshly caught hogfish that day and it was a terrific choice for a late brunch/lunch before heading down to Marathon Key. The prices were tame, the sandwich was delicious and pretty, and the beer was cold. We sat inside/outside in the screened-in section next to the marina and watched the boats come and go for a while as we ate. The sides were properly done, the fries were hand-cut and crisp, and our waitress was terrific. This is not the only time we ate fresh hogfish in the Keys, but it was the best hogfish sandwich we had anywhere.

Our top picks are the lobster Reuben and hogfish sandwich, as well as caramel granny smith apple pie for dessert. When available, the blackened grouper Orleans is a must.

They sure have my vote (we all vote with $$$), and we will stop in again when we next drive that route. Watch for mile marker 106.5 and turn there.

Original Post by Mike G*

What To Eat

Hogfish Sandwich

Barbados Rum Conch Chowder

Grouper Orleans

Seafood Combo


Buzzards Roost Recipes


What do you think of Buzzards Roost?

One Response to “Buzzards Roost”

David Guccione

September 11th, 2011

Because of the positive review of the hogfish at Buzzards Roost, we stopped there on Sep 7, 2011. Nice looking place. We chose semi-outdoor seating in the screened-in porch.

Our seasoned waiter told us we got more fish with the basket than the sandwich so we ordered that. We spent the day scuba diving and were pretty hungry. We ordered conch fritters for an appetizer and were quite pleased with them: not greasy, a little spicy, and two good dipping sauces.

The fish basket arrived, loaded with fish and fries. The fries were not hand-cut as the previous reviewer mentioned but were nevertheless well-cooked and crispy. The fish was disappointing. There were four nice-sized pieces. The first piece was mushy, the second very hard. The other two were good. My wife had the same experience and asked “What’s the big deal?”

We would not return since there are so many other good dining experiences in Key Largo.


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