I had my first taste of MEAT at Burger Beast's Frita Feast. MEAT's frita was really tasty and different, so I knew I had to get more 411 on this place. I called up a couple of girlfriends and planned a day trip to the keys with MEAT being the lunch stop for the day. We made our way down and once we got there (according to Google Maps) we couldn't find it. I even called the restaurant and the woman that answered the phone asked me, "Are you blind?! We're right here! There's no way you can miss us!" She insisted there was a huge sign near the road that we couldn't see for the life of us. Suffice to say, the lady on the other end of the phone was borderline
rude abrasive. We finally figured out that the restaurant is actually across the street and about half a block north from where Google says it is.
Once we got to the restaurant, the lady that answered the phone was there to greet us. Turns out she is half waitress and half hostess. The restaurant itself is small, cozy and casual. We looked over the menu, checked out the specials on the chalkboard and decided to order half the menu.
First up we decided to get their Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup to start out. There were chunks of their homemade bacon in this soup. It was magical, like unicorn tears. The soup had a sharp and smoky flavor, I could've easily just gotten a big ol' glass of this and had it as my drink.
We also got their House-made Pork Rinds with chimichurri aioli. They came to the table still popping and crackling. These were the freshest, crunchiest and tastiest pork rinds I've EVER had. The aioli seemed like an odd match at first, but it actually complemented the spiced rinds very well. There's no way of eating these things discretely, so PLP and enjoy.
One of my friends lit up when she saw the Lobster Mac-n-Cheese on the menu. We decided to give it a try. I personally felt the lobster was a little on the chewy and overcooked side. The mac and cheese on the other hand was amazing. It was creamy, well seasoned and delicious. Pro tip: pour some of your Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup over the mac-n-cheese #Candela.
We also got to try their Crispy Fried Onion Rings and they were also a winner. The seasoning on them was slightly spicy and great. I ended up dipping this into the Wisconsin Beer Cheese Soup too. You know what, do yourself a favor and just pour the damn beer cheese soup on errthang.
My friend got their HSBLT sandwich and decided to add a fried egg to that bad boy. The sandwich as my friend called it was, "The best BLT I've ever had." The house-made bacon was slightly chewy and really smoky. The iceberg lettuce was in a thin julienne cut and the bright homestead tomato was nice and juicy. The best part was the runny fried egg over the whole thing.
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M.E.A.T. Eatery & Tap Room
88005 Overseas Hwy, MM88
Islamorada, FL 33036