For the first time in more than three years, Zagat, the world’s gold standard for restaurant ratings and reviews, returned to the Florida Keys with a quest all local foodies love: to determine Zagat’s ‘Hottest Restaurants in Key West.’ Here they are:
2015 Zagat’s Eight Hottest Restaurants in Key West
1) Roof Top Café
2) The Stoned Crab
3) El Siboney Restaurant
4) Blue Heaven
5) Seven Fish
6) Better Than Sex
7) Turtle Kraals Restaurant & Bar
8) Charlie Mac’s.
“This recognition by Zagat is both humbling and validating,” said Paul Menta, Executive Chef at The Stoned Crab. “It wasn’t easy setting up a unique supply chain that allows our restaurant to serve seafood that is always locally caught that same day. It’s so rewarding for us and our local commercial fishermen to know our hard work is paying dividends.”
Offered as a Stoned Crab “Insider Tip”, the Zagat review specifically mentions that patrons can select their own whole fish from a display case. This “Tip” highlights a recent addition to The Stoned Crab’s fresh fish dining experience: located at the front of the restaurant, patrons are now met with a unique LED-lit “Select Your Fresh Fish” display case that houses fresh, never frozen whole fish caught by Dock to Dish’s local commercial fishermen earlier that day. Diners can select a whole fish from the case and have it prepared whole or to their liking.
“Once we learned from our local Dock to Dish fishermen that cooking fish whole maximizes freshness and flavor, we knew we could introduce our customers to a whole new dining experience. It’s a perfect addition to our menu and re-enforces our reputation for offering the ‘Freshest Seafood in Key West’,” said Bill Gernaat, General Manager of The Stoned Crab.
Of course, the Zagat review also highlights both The Stoned Crab’s namesake and the fish that put Key West on the map as a Seafood Capital of America: stone crab. While in season, Dock to Dish fishermen – such as Captain Travis Stokes, Captain Alex Osborn, and Captain Ben Disider – deliver just-caught stone crab to the restaurant, where it is then cooked and served in one of any number of ways.
“Stone crab is the quintessential Key West seafood and, because of that, we want to offer it to our diners prepared deliciously in a variety of ways,” said Menta. “To me, nothing is better than a just-steamed stone crab claw but if you want stone crab fritters, stone crab bisque, stone crab cakes, or stone crab in a seafood steamer pot, to name a few, we have you covered!”
For more information on The Stoned Crab, contact Daniel Griffin at [email protected] or call (305) 294-4350.