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Island Grill

You can drive right by this colorful, ramshackle dive, practically hidden beneath the Snake Creek Bridge, but that would really be a pisser because it's that rarest of all Keys restaurants -- a place with a genuine old-timey Keys ambiance, really good food, a location right on the water, and live music that won't make you hurl your yellowtail. The best place to eat is the rickety deck literally over the water, where you can see the occasional drunken boater and manatee cruise on by and the outdoor bar is just a few steps away. Try killer tuna nachos, Thai-style whole yellowtail, and Low Country shrimp 'n' grits. It's not junk food; it's junque cuisine.

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