The Keys to The Good Times at Put-in-Bay
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and everything in between have a unique charm at The Keys. The restaurant by the water’s edge in downtown Put-in-Bay is one of the most relaxing and romantic dining getaways at Put-in-Bay. A menu rich with seafood and cuisine that leans towards a Caribbean influence matches the scenery and paint scheme at The Keys restaurant. The entrees at the restaurant are arguably their biggest attraction. When it comes to the drinks, the rum cocktails are the pick of the lot at The Keys, warming you up against the gentle breezes from the waters of Lake Erie. The restaurant makes our list of 7 Can’t-Miss Things To Do At Put-in-Bay.
An Idyllic Location – The Keys
The setting of restaurant is probably the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind when they think about The Keys. By the water’s edge near the Jet Express Ferry and behind the Dairy Isle Restaurant, meals and drinks can be enjoyed in the sun on their open-air decks, or their air-conditioned inside the dining room. The restaurant has two tiers open to travelers and a number of tables overlooking the water. During the day, colorful umbrellas shelter you from the sun and heat. The best part of the restaurant is the deck seats where you are adjacent to water on two sides.
The Keys Features A Menu of Rich, Satisfying Dishes
The exotic seafood entrees to look out for at the The Keys restaurant are the Conch Fritters, Grouper Reuben, Butterfly Jump Shrimp, and She Crab Bisque. These dishes are signature to the restaurant and they do them well! The Taco, an immensely popular dish in Put-in-Bay is made with Avocados, Mango Slaw, Fresh Cilantro, spread in Lime Greek Yogurt, Black Bean Rice and fire-roasted corn. You can choose to have your tacos with Mahi Mahi, shrimp or grilled chicken. A must try at the restaurant is the ½ lb. freshly cooked shrimp you can peel and eat.
The Keys Signature Drinks – Warm Your Spirits
The bar at The Keys serves liquor beer & wine, however, it is the cocktails at the restaurant that really stand out. Book’s Bushwacker is a delightful blend of light & dark rums, crème de cacao, with coffee liqueur and milk. The Gas Dock is sure to get things fired up with a mix of 151 Rum in a RumRunner and then again topped with a 151 floater! As with the Caribbean, Rum is the drink of choice at The Keys. You should check out the Island Zombie, Tiki Lemonade, Moscow Mule, the Pina Colada and some of the Daiquiris mixed at the restaurant by their expert bartenders. There’s a drink for every occasion at The Keys.
No meal is complete without dessert! You must try out the signature dessert at The Keys, the Key Lime Pie topped with whipped cream and a lime wedge. Other options at the restaurant include a Pineapple Creme Brulee, a deep fried cheesecake called the Banana Xango.
The Keys Keeps People Coming Back For More
All of the above combine to make The Keys one of the premier restaurant destinations of Put-in-Bay. People love revisiting the restaurant to try out all the items they missed before. The stunning lake views, food, drink and live entertainment at the restaurant are all things travelers can never get enough of. Coupled with friendly staff and something unique to offer across breakfast, lunch, and dinner, the restaurant is one of Put-in-Bay’s crown jewels.
The Keys Restaurant is operated by the Boardwalk Restaurant Group & Hooligans Irish Pub and is also home to the Park Place Boat Club, one of the Put-in-Bay Marinas.