Friday, September 16, 2011

Islamorada, A Slice of Heaven

There's nothing like getting away and heading to Islamorada.  Its a slice of heaven, the ocean and bay is gorgeous to stare at, the people are wonderful and warm, everything is pet friendly (I love traveling with Chuckie - the best dog ever!), and best of all the restaurants are SO gluten free accommodating (must be because the people are so nice)!!

I always think were spoiled on Miami Beach to have Lincoln Road, with blocks and blocks of restaurants and the ability to eat outside (under umbrellas of course) year round (with either fans or heaters, should it be 90 or below 60 degrees).  Yes, were spoiled!  But, Islamorada has a whole new degree of spoiled, here, the restaurants are unassuming, until you go to the back, many are on the water, and this particular restaurant, Lorelei Cabana Bar, had beach front service.  There was sand on the floor and gorgeous bay views, and such a low key atmosphere.

Check this out!

Best of all, the servers were so nice, traveling from the "beach front" back of the restaurant to chef at least 2 times to answer my questions and provide me the assurance I needed to make sure my meal would be gluten free and I wouldn't get sick.  Here's a peak at their dinner menu.

I started with the spinach artichoke dip, $7.95, which is homemade and oh, soo good.  Thankfully, I didn't have to share!  I really would have had a hard time.  It was cheesy, just the right mix of artichoke and spinach and likely garlic, pure delight.  The chips they make homemade as well!  100% corn chips, fried in a separate fryer as well.

Next, I had the jerk chicken platter, the chicken and spices were gluten free and to my delight the rice and beans were as well.  Flavorful!  Not  spicy at all, if you remember my Chipotle post I'm a chicken and have no tolerance for spice!   This chicken was flavorful without being spicy and intolerable for me.  The rice and beans were the star of the show!

I've now tried 4 times, this chicken does not want you to view it right side up, please turn your head to the right to view this yummy bird...

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