If you find yourself tooling down US 1 in the Florida Keys, and hunger strikes your tummy, you may want to consider pulling into Whale Harbor. There are three great restaurants at one great waterfront location, where the kite surfers can usually be seen flocking in the distance. The hard part is deciding what you’re in the mood for: a cheap happy hour at Wahoos, an awesome seafood buffet at Whale Harbor, or an all you can eat meat extravaganza at Braza Lena.
The first choice, a cheap happy hour, can be found at Wahoos Restaurant, which is the closest to the bridge. Of course, they offer more than just happy hour, having a wide array of menu items, but if you want to save money during the week, just park at the bar. Their happy hour is one of the cheapest and best, serving up choices around five bucks that will fill your gullet.
The food is good. Prices are good. Enough said.
Whale Harbor is for when you’re feeling a little more indecisive. Say you’re traveling with a group. One person wants pizza, another want sushi, others want fresh seafood, and somebody else wants ribs.
Fear not! Whale Harbor offers all of that and then some on their 85-item buffet. Poached salmon, ribs, prime rib, killer soups and awesome bread, sushi, crab legs, peel and eat shrimp, shrimp salad, seafood salad, an extensive array of desserts, including ice cream, Key lime pie, puddings and so many other things there’s not room to name it all.
It’s been voted as the best seafood buffet, and I agree whole heartedly. I’ve eaten at a number of places in Florida, and if you’re looking for choices, this takes the cake. The buffet is going to cost about $29, but if you’re planning on going to a restaurant to order an appetizer and a main course, you’re probably going to spend that much anyhow – only this way, you’ll have multiple things to choose from.
This makes everybody happy. The food is fresh. The flavor is great, not bland; it’s awesome.
While you’re there, check out the bar. The tower and bar are made of seashells. It’s not just decoration; they used seashells as bricks for the building design, a very cool Florida touch.
Finally, for all you beef lovers out there, bring your appetite over to Braza Lena. Now, this is the most expensive of the three, but it’s all you can eat of prime cuts of meat. Sure, they have a buffet with appetizers and seafood, but they also have tender meats in a large variety.
Fill up your taste buds at the buffet as an appetizer, but save room for the beef. You are given a card where green means go, and red means stop. If the green side is up, the servers will bring over selection after selection of meats, and if you’d like some, they slice you off the portion you’d like right in front of you at your table.
If you have the red side up, you’re done. Full. Pass.
This is a great place to try meats you’ve never tried before. They have an extensive selection of choice cuts, and some may be surprising, but all are very tasty. Just when you think you’ve tried everything, servers bring out more things to try, like an unending meat circus.
Each time one comes out of the kitchen, it’s a surprise. What will they have this time? Filet, prime rib, veal?
It’s an indulgence for the taste buds. It’s worth trying. Go hungry, and leave stuffed.
No matter which of the three restaurants you choose, you will not be disappointed. When you’re done, stroll the beach and watch the sunset. The prime oceanfront location is a gorgeous setting for pictures, but go for the food, as you’ll be glad you did.