by Lisa Roberts
Hogfish Bar & Grill Serves up
a taste of the old Key West
Hogfish Bar & Grill, in Safe Harbor Marina on Stock
Island, is as authentic as Key West used to be. The
reason may be that, as popularity has driven up real
estate prices in the Southernmost City, many Conchs
have fled to the small island just north of Key West,
a workaday place of modest homes, practical condos
and marinas jam-packed with shrimp and charter boats.
The Hogfish is perched on water's edge at 6810 Front
St. Don't let its shacklike appearance pout you off.
Slide into a parking space, choose a seat at a picnic
table on the covered patio (a large fan helps keep
the no-see-ums at bay) and order from a modestly priced
menu that offers everything from hefty burgers and
hogfish sandwiches to a tasty Caesar salad topped with,
you guessed it, grilled or blackened hogfish. Ask for
the salad "all the way" and get a heap of grilled onions
and melted cheddar cheese atop the fish.
Save time for a bathroom break -- the depictions of
Popeye and Olive Oyl on the restroom doors are works
The Hogfish is open daily for lunch and dinner; it
serves breakfast on Sundays. For directions and hours,