After visiting Pigeon Key I asked the lady at the society's cash register where she would go for lunch - without hesitation she said Keys Fisheries. In a place like Marathon there are so many small places along the highway that w/o some help from a local it would be easy to go wrong, so I;m glad I asked. Men might not like to ask for directions, but when it comes to food that is a different story.
Keys Fisheries is the type of place that I think most people would call 'a find'. It is on the water, but part of a small working harbour. The short road off Highway 1 passes by a large number of piled lobster traps and ends at a dirt parking lot. Orders are placed at a window after reading the large menu posted on the wall. I decided to try the lobster reuben because it is apparently their signature thing and Alison stayed traditional with a fried grouper sandwich. As I approached the window to order the girl inside surprised me by saying - "Name a movie!". I blurted out the first thing that came into my head - "Jaws". Then it dawned on me that this is how they call out the order when it is ready. I'm glad I didn't say "Deep Throat".
The dining is all al fresco with picnic tables right on the water. While waiting for your order look for the fish food dispenser and buy a couple of handfuls. You might not see any fish, but within seconds of throwing in some food the water boils like it was full of piranhas. This is good entertainment for 25 cents a pop.
The food was very good to excellent. The grouper sandwich was done perfectly and the lobster reuben was better than I expected. It tasted more like a traditional reuben than a lobster roll. Amazing that you can get lobster meat to morph into pastrami.
The only downside is that smoking is allowed at all the tables, but we were able to find a table well away from some that had smokers at them.
So if your in Marathon for lunch and can't decide between all the choices take a tip from a local and go to Keys Fisheries.