Sugarloaf Lodge (Steak and Seafood)
Mile Marker 17 US Hwy 1
Sugarloaf Key, Florida
Phone: (305) 745-3741
Price Range: Moderate
Parking: Plenty of free parking
We who reside in Key West often share our experiences when we have what is called our “off the rock” experience. You get stagnant when all you see for weeks and months is the 4x2 miles of Key West real estate. There are some fascinating and colorful places off the Southernmost island as you move up and down the keys, and it would be a shame if locals and visitors alike poo-poo’d what lies off the side of the road along route 1. I have chosen on occasion to drive the 20 to 25 minutes up the road to have dinner at the Sugarloaf Lodge.
If you’re driving along one of the most beautiful roads in the United States you might just pass by this spot as it’s frontage is 1950’s, in need of a good paint job motel décor. I wouldn’t judge this book by its cover though because it steps out on the rear area onto a lovely gulf view where a very locals tiki bar awaits you. A fun crowd with their dogs in tow is very friendly to non-Sugarloafers and I have never seen the bartenders without a smile as big as the Keys.
The island location also sports a small marina, but the main attraction is the restaurant itself though which is quite sizeable with it’s own bar and an extremely healthy kitchen facility. I prefer seating towards the back where full height windows offer a lovely water view to assist you in enjoying your meal. Interesting artwork lines the walls and old wagonwheel fixtures light the environment. This is a family owned and operated restaurant so service is local and friendly and I have found them to be flexible if you want to specialize your order.
On the menu you will find all the local favorites like the familiar fish dishes along with homestyle specialties like pork chops and steak. I have been here enough to have tried most everything and you get good flavor with an abundant quantity at a reasonable price. You won’t be disappointed at your choice to stop in to Sugarloaf Lodge.
You’re off Key West, so the parking facilities are more then apt. This is also a hotel and many times visitors to Key West don’t realize the resort town can fill up its properties quickly on weekends and at festivals. Sugarloaf will be one of the best options for close in accommodations. Enjoy off island color and stop in to say hello, enjoy a drink and appetizer or just have dinner!
Doug Heyman in Key West for the Food Reference website