Photo by Jimmy Jacobs
End of the Line
By Polly Dean
The ideal place for enjoying a cold beverage and a delicious meal after a day on the water, is Casey Key Fish House, a waterfront restaurant in the town of Osprey on the central-southern Gulf Coast of Florida. This was the perfect location to complete our day of fishing at Nokomis Beach, featured in last month’s edition of On The Fly South.
Photo by Polly Dean
Located directly over Dryman Bay, every seat within the casual dining room has a view of the water. With 200 feet of deep-water dockage on the Intracoastal Waterway, anglers can easily access this watering hole by car or boat (Dockage marker 32). The stand-alone Tiki Bar across the parking lot from the restaurant promotes its hosting of an eclectic group and offers live music on the weekends. This waterfront bar is truly unique with its own sandy beach.
The Tiki Bar by the beach. Photo by Jimmy Jacobs
Owner, Jimmy Von Hubertz purchased the property in 1999. Ten years earlier he came to Florida from Long Island, New York, and loving the weather, developed properties on Long Boat, Siesta and Lido keys just a short distance to the north. Enchanted with the “Old Florida” feel, he completely renovated the kitchen, bathroom and dining room areas of Casey Key Fish House. The authentic Tiki Bar was built right next to the “last of its kind” historical Blackburn Point “Swing Bridge” on North Casey Key. Today, the establishment is one of the last Old Florida-style waterfront restaurants in the area.
Featured on the menu, are fresh shrimp, grouper, mahi or snapper sandwiches or seafood plates with pasta, salads, veggies or fries. Burgers, chicken fingers and even grilled cheese are available for those in a non-seafood state-of-mind. Their homemade soups are mouth-watering and ideal for lunch or an appetizer. A children’s menu is also available for the younger seafarers.
Photo by Jimmy Jacobs
The bartenders are friendly and eager to pour an ice-cold brew or mix up a frozen concoction that will complete or compliment any dessert featured on the menu. Casey Key Fish House is a fun, comfortable, and satisfying way to finish off a day of fishing.
If desiring added adventure, there are on-site jet ski, paddle board, kayak and boat rentals, along with fishing charters.
Don’t be too surprised if you are joined for dinner by a guest like this black-crowned night heron! Photo by Jimmy Jacobs
Come for the adventure, food or libations and enjoy the laid-back and welcoming atmosphere of your home-away-from-home at the Casey Key Fish House while on Florida’s Gulf coast.