Saturday, December 18, 2010

Best Sandwich In the USA

Boot Key Harbor, Marathon, FL
34 42.54 N 081 05.58 W

Now I'm asking for it.  The title of this post just begs for readers to comment with contradictory nominations for best sandwich.   At least I didn't claim best food in the world.

Yesterday I took Libby to Keys Fisheries.  It is here in Marathon, on the bay side just across from the marina.   The specialty of Keys Fisheries is their famous lobster Reuben.  They've sold more than 141,000 of them so far.

If I claimed that our real reason for coming all the way down to Marathon is to get one of those sandwiches, I'd be exaggerating; but just a little.   It is a special treat, and when we're up north in the summer, we fantasize about the lobster Reuben.

It really is a Reuben, with cheese, and sauerkraut, but instead of meat, it is packed with lobster meat.  It's huge.  We buy it only to split between the two of us.  Even so, Libby was unable to eat her half, it's so big.   The sandwich comes with excellent fries and coleslaw. Mmm mmm good.   It costs $16, but it's worth every penny.

The ambiance at the Keys Fisheries is also great.  It's a marina as well as a restaurant, bar, and a fish market.   That's why we waited for a nice warm day to go.  We sat outside and enjoyed the spectacular view of the Bay of Florida, as shown in the picture below.  By the way, that really is half the sandwich she's holding.

I should be getting paid for providing this plug but I'm not.  It really is that good and that much fun.

We're going back soon because we notice that Keys Fisheries also has blooming onions on the menu.   We love those and we almost never see them for sale except at carnivals.  They also sell alligator hoagies, and rock crab claws.   All good stuff.

1 comment:

  1. When I saw the title I thought "well it can't be better than the reubens at Gershon's" but then I read on. I bet if you were to substitute lobster for the corned beef you would stand a good chance at beating it.
    However, it makes me recall that about 30 years ago there was a place on Jay St. called Hy Sofer's Deli that served a sandwich called the Sofer Special. It was much like a reuben but with a combination of corned beef and pastrami and cole slaw instead of the sauerkraut all on a hard roll. Wow that was a great sandwich. I wish I could still get them. Happy holidays to you both.


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