If you’re looking for the secret ingredient in the crabby patty recipe, Parrot Key Caribbean Grill in Ft. Myer’s, Florida won’t budge. They even have pirates on staff, ready to take the secret to the grave.
What kid wouldn’t like the Parrot Key? Families were all around us, with kids absentmindedly nibbling on sweet-potato fries as they checked out the brightly-colored wooden parrots decorating the room. Choices from the kid’s meal are the usual stand by, with the exception of fish and chips and crabby patties (a smaller-portion crab cake than an adult-size meal).
When the top-level deck bar is closed, kids are welcome to do a little exploring on their own (don’t worry, you can see them from the restaurant). The Pieces of Eight pirate boat docks in the same marina, and we had fun venturing out to take a look and shopping for booty in the gift shop. Even though the restaurant and cruise are slightly off the beaten path, the detour is worth your time.
Coupons for food are easy to spot in the various pamphlets and maps that are distributed all over the area. And if you are visiting during football season, and happen to be a Packer’s fan, a home-away-from home awaits you (this is probably the only time a cheese hat looks good with any Hawaiian print shirt).
Julie Henning is a freelance writer and journalist based out of Eugene, Oregon. She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and owner of the family-travel website RoadTripsForFamilies.com. She is a recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.
In March 2018 Julie Henning published the book "100 Things to Do in Eugene Before You Die" (Reedy Press). She is a member of the Society of American Travel Writers and recent past member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association and the Association for Great Lakes Outdoor Writers.
She has been published in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, the Wisconsin State Journal, Travel Wisconsin, Travel Oregon, Hometown News Group, The Daily Journal (Kankakee, Illinois), the Rochester Post Bulletin, Wisconsin Natural Resources Magazine (DNR publication), Experience Michigan Magazine, the Official Oregon Wine Touring Guide, Metro Parent Milwaukee Magazine, Eugene Cascades & Coast Official Visitors Guide, Trivago, Intercom Magazine, Roadtrippers.com, Amtrak.com, Eugene Magazine, and FTF Geocacher Magazine.
Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio. She has produced episodes for Journey of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast. Julie has also produced travel apps with Sutro Media and Bindu Media. She works full time in marketing.
Julie has appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio, Ohio Public Radio, and KCBX FM Central Coast Radio and is an affiliate producer with the Journeys of Discovery with Tom Wilmer, a National Public Radio travel podcast.
She has blogged for TravelWisconsin.com, Travel Oregon, and VISIT Milwaukee.
Julie travels with her three kids and black lab as much as possible and lives by the motto, "Not all who wander are lost." Check out some of her best work at www.juliehenning.com.
Nice job Julie! You nailed it!!xo
Great job Julie! Don’t forget they had ‘buttered noodles’ on the kids menu, also. What kid doesn’t like that?? Great place for kids and their parents!