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Top Florida Attractions: conch fritters

Grant Cornett

The Keys: Conch-Fritter Quest

No trip to the Keys is complete without diving into a plate of conch fritters, a Florida attraction all its own. These four spots serve up the tastiest renditions—along with plenty of authentic character.

Key Largo

Kitschy old license plates and the bartender’s amiable bulldog mix welcome you to Alabama Jack’s ($), where the food looks as rugged as the bikers at neighboring tables. Equally addictive: the free-form fritters and the Southern sweet tea.

Tucked amid the foliage off busy U.S. 1, the family-owned Key Largo Conch House (100211 Overseas Hwy.; $$) hosts an annual conch-fritter eating contest (devour as many as you can in 10 minutes). Most diners, however, take the leisurely route, savoring the deep-fried concoctions on the wraparound veranda.

Marathon

Under a two-story tiki hut overlooking a marina, the aptly named Salty’s Waterfront Grill (7 Mile Marina, 1090 Overseas Hwy.; $$) serves up a version with a side of its famous coconut-curry sauce—not even the bartenders know the secret recipe.

Key West

The funky shack that houses B.O.’s Fish Wagon ($$) gets its charm from a mishmash of ripped fishing nets, no sniveling signs, and a rusted truck. And yes, the fritters are superb.

Cammy Clark

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