From the first moment we entered the restaurant, we knew we were in a special restaurant. I had my service dog with me and was first denied entrance, with the comment "you can't bring in a pet, sorry". I told the young man, he's not a pet, he's a service dog, you can tell by his vest". I looked down and realized I had taken off his vest and forgotten to put it back on! I apologized and said we'd be back in 10 minutes. Then the Manager of the Day, Kayla, intervened and allowed us entry, stating "I can tell that's a service dog". We liked our first experince so much, we went back a second night. This restaurant is the total package in dining. We sampled many items on the menu, enjoying charbroiled oysters, fried pink tomatoes, conch meuniere, all you can eat stone crabs, cast iron mahi and yellowtail snapper. The wine list was affordable and eclectic. The service was impeccable, both from Maria and Kayla. They were friendly, warm, professional and knowledgable about the menu. I thought I'd like some boiled peanuts to go, but was unsure if I'd like them. I was immediately offered a sample. I'm not trying to sound overly effusive, but that's exactly what Ballyhoo's deserves. Top notch dining experience. Great menu, wonderfully prepared food and excellent wait staff. Our future trips to Key Largo will always have a stop at Ballyhoo's!
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