Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Hobo's Cafe Review - Key Largo, Florida

I've traveled to over 40 States in America and I've determined this restaurant to be one of my personal favorites for a few reasons:

Aesthetics. I only ever sit outside while dining at Hobo's. I enjoy gazing at the plants placed around the patio. It brings a calmness to a stressful day. The patio is sprinkled with Christmas lights. A warm yellow that isn't too bright on the eyes. Just light enough to read the menu and enjoy the ambiance. 

I mentioned outside as this is a huge factor, especially in the Florida Keys, where mosquitos lurk on unsuspecting people prey. Thankfully there is enough fans to keep them at bay, in addition to the no-see-ums. They have the mouth of an alligator on a fly body. You can't see them, hence the name.

It's a tropical environment and at night, for me because I'm always freezing, it's not too hot and not too cold, at least in April. I can finally enjoy not having to bundle up like I do in my 66 degree office. It's calm. I'm comfortable. Outside is the only place I request to sit here.

Food. I've explored other menu items such as the hogfish. It's good, but my all-time favorite is the Beef Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce and a side of Creamed Spinach and a Sweet Tea. The sweet tea is similar to Sonny's BBQ sweet, maybe even sweeter! I love it! It's hard to find decent sweet tea. The zing from the strong, freshly made chimichurri sauce is extremely addicting. So much, that I requested multiple side orders of the sauce so I can take them home and freeze them, especially when they temporarily close, which I'll get to that in a moment.

Location. Strategically placed right in Key Largo, it's perfect so you don't have to make the extra 100mi drive south, unless that was the original intent. If that's the case, please check out my Key West Guide Here! You'll be able to read about the Ernest Hemingway House and the Key West Butterfly Conservatory, and more!

To add on location, plan your evening to end up at Sundowners first for a beautiful sunset. Don't order any food as this is where everyone and their grandma, their grandpa, cousins, you name it are also enjoying the sunset in Key Largo. Instead order a mojito and enjoy the live music.

Once the sun has set, bounce straight over to Hobo's and score yourself a spot on the patio for a peaceful evening.

103900 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-4502

Hobo's Cafe
101691 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, FL 33037
(305) 451-5888

With the good, I also have to throw out the cons to get rid of any surprises on your way down to Fantasy Fest (happens in October by the way).


Not that I think you can't eat it, but unfortunately the price for the larger size isn't worth it (to me personally.) The 12oz price will run you about 34.99 plus the cost of a side and drink, but the 16oz will end up charging you 59.99 for only 4 more extra oz added. Skip the "Big Daddy" and order a dessert.

Inside the main restaurant isn't the most romantic. I personally love sitting outside at this particular location. It does feel like the dining area gets pretty crowded. 

Earlier I mentioned that Hobo's does in fact, close during the year. Before making the trip out of the way, if it's your first time, I highly recommend just giving a quick call to make sure they're open or check their website for updates and operating hours.

Before I post photos of my deliciousness, I want to mention that not only Trip Advisor named them as Traveler's Choice 2020, but National Geographic also stated that they are the most authentic Keys eateries.

With all that being said, 


Beef Churrasco with Chimichurri Sauce
and Creamed Spinach with a Sweet Tea.

How many times I've visited!