I've got an old college buddy flying down from Michigan for a couple of days to hit the roads between SoBe and Key West next week. We're keeping it deliberately low key as he's recovering from wedding expenses and we both enjoy "roughing it" anyway. Consequently we'll be hosteling and camping the whole way down, and want to keep our dining habits similarly unlavish.
We do plan on cheating a bit in Miami for tapas and sushi ( who wouldn't? ), but mostly we'll be sticking to Latin and Caribbean street food while in the area. Once we hit the keys we're looking for similarly "local" cuisine. Though on a recent trip to Atlanta I managed to spend three times as much on restaurants as on lodging, this time around we're more interested in small expenditures and a variety of tastes. We don't need fried fish and chips, BBQ or grilled mahi, or even sit down dinners. After all, we're under time constraints and have a lot of ground to cover.
We're looking for unique tips, like "There's this guy on Marathon that makes the best oyster chowder in his garage..." or "Down on dock four on Big Pine there's a midget that sells raw abalone salad..." etc. We'd much rather eat 5 or 8 mini-snacks scattered throughout the islands than get a combo basket at the Tourist Trap Cafe.
Also, other not-strictly food tips are also most welcome, i.e. interesting bars or other social attractions we might not have found on Google.
Having said that, any suggestions?