We decided to take a day trip to the upper Florida Keys. I didn’t have a lot of information on where to stop for lunch so I decided to try Marker 88 at 88000 Overseas Highway. It has been popular since the late 60’s and it is one of the few restaurants located on a natural beach with ample outdoor seating.
I must say I found the restaurant to be run down looking and musty. Who puts carpet in a restaurant on the beach in a warm climate? The place felt dirty to me, and in need of a fresh paint job and redo. Weather permitting I suggest eating outside so you can at least enjoy the views.
The food didn’t impress me much either. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t memorable. To be fair the lobster pizza with pesto was okay but I felt the pesto overpowered the lobster and was not a great addition to the pizza. The conch fritters were not bad. My key lime Mojito was made from a mix. Hogfish was what we both ordered for our main courses as this fish is only local to the Florida Keys. I had the sandwich, and the fish was dipped in an egg wash and almonds. It was fresh tasting but it was lacking some flavour. Maybe an addition of some tartar sauce or mustard would have given it a little added zip and moisture. The other main dish of hogfish was sautéed with tomato and carmelized bananas. Yes it tasted as weird as it sounds.
They are supposed to have an award-winning key lime baked Alaska. I was looking forward to trying this but it tasted like it was a few days old. The custard was grainy and it was sitting in a pile of its own juice.
So I could only recommend coming here for a drink on the patio or maybe having that with a small appetizer.