I may not exactly be a chowhound, but I think my husband is. I think I might be more of a foodie than a chowhound , but he's exalted my ability to appreciate "finds". I've only just discovered this site today, thanks to my husband's insistence that I read an article in the New Yorker. But I complain that in reading the Florida message board, I find pitiful little info on groovy food experiences.
To offer a recommendation: I'd like to share a great place on Marathon (it's just north of 7 mile bridge on west side of main highway). If you drive down from Miami or stop along your way to Key West GO to BARACUDA GRILL.
HAVE just about anything and you will enjoy it in it's-not-like-the-other-Key-restaurant decor. There are no fishnets and wood panelled or screen enclosed rooms. This is a genuinely casual Key atmosphere sans hokey oceanic decor. Crisp white linen tablecloths and baracudas as art. It's great.
Back to food. DO have their CALAMARI IN HOT SAUCE BROTH-- I can't even remember what it's called exactly. But be prepared for real heat. It's fabulous and addictive.