Ron and I live a pretty frugal life. It’s how he’s been able to retire from teaching and I am able to take time off from working for months at a time. We live a simple life while cruising and don’t eat out in restaurants very often. Eating out is expensive and frankly, except for a few things, we can do better and healthier here on board than what we get from the restaurant for much, much less money.
Keys Fisheries is just across the street from the City Marina here in Marathon, down a side road on the Gulf side. They are well-known for their lobster reuben. However, we tried one last season and weren’t very impressed. And the sandwich was $15. This time of year they have stone crab, a real delicacy. Stone crab is delicious but at $2.25 per claw, makes for a pricey meal if one wants more than just a taste.
However, there are some good deals here in Marathon: The Hurricane has really good $5 lunches and you can’t beat the french fries at Burdines. However, the true gem here is Baricci Cafe, a small hole-in-the-wall spot (with free wifi!) in a strip mall near the Publix (grocery) store. We have had the best sandwiches here of any place I’ve ever been. Their paninis are made with their own homemade focaccia. They roast their own Italian beef and pork. Their baked goods (cookies, cupcakes, breads), soups, salad dressings are all homemade. We haven’t tried one of their salads yet, but their sandwiches are huge and one easily feeds the two of us. Only problem with this is that we end up with the Italian beef with tomato, cheddar and horseradish aioli (for $9) or the roasted lamb with arugula and asiago cheese to share. Yet the grilled eggplant with marinated fresh mozzarella and roasted peppers is the panini that keeps calling my name! And I know that Ron would love to try the traditional cheesesteak sandwich. Perhaps we need to come up with a dinner plan.