Hogfish Bar & Grill

Caribbean | Seafood
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Michael Stern | October 20, 2019
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At Stock Island’s Safe Harbor Marina, through a thatched-roof entryway, Hogfish Bar & Grill is a vivid taste of Keys life. It boasts that it is the way the Florida Keys used to be: “fresh seafood, strong drinks, panoramic waterfront views, outdoor dining, and plenty of local characters.” Even if a good number of the characters who come here now are food-savvy tourists, the tropical-themed eatery retains unpretentious charm that is a dramatic contrast to the commercial hubbub of Duval Street, miles away.

Yes, hogfish is the star of the show, available grilled, fried, in a sandwich with Swiss cheese on Cuban bread, as hogfish & chips, in tacos, stuffed with crab and shrimp, and as a crispy fingers appetizer. Top of the line is a grilled fillet topped with a trio of blackened scallops. The scallops are big, satiny, spice-crusted rounds delicious unto themselves, and the hogfish — simply grilled — delivers buttery luxury that is similar to grouper but less oceanic. The menu advises, “We only serve authentic hogfish … and we never substitute other lesser fish!”

The menu goes far beyond hogfish, some of its Caribbean highlights being Key West pink shrimp (with cheese grits), sauteed yellowtail, a crisp-fried conch sandwich, grouper cheeks, and conch chowder. Bring in your own fillets and the kitchen will fry, blacken, or grill them and serve them with a couple of side dishes for $14.95 per pound or person. For fish frowners, there are ribs and steaks, Cuban-style roast pork, and big hamburgers.

House motto: “Relax! It’s just Stock Island.” (In other words, it’s not downtown Key West.)

What to Eat
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Grilled Hogfish
Grilled Hogfish
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Blackened scallops luxuriate atop silky grilled hogfish fillet.
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Conch Sandwich
Conch Sandwich
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Conch sandwich offers chew and sweet mollusk flavor.
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Grouper Cheeks
Grouper Cheeks
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Key lime tartar sauce accompanies grouper cheeks.
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Reefer Madness
Reefer Madness
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Reefer Madness: rums, pineapple juice, blue curacao
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Key Lime Mojito
Key Lime Mojito
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Key lime rum gives this mojito local flavor.
Hogfish Bar & Grill, Conch Chowder
Conch Chowder
Conch chowder is like Manhattan clam chowder, but not as oceanic.
Directions and Hours
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
Yes
Outdoor Seating
Yes
Website

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