You really do not need a area important to get pleasure from the bounty of Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen, the freshly reimagined cafe at Ocean’s Edge Resort, on Inventory Island, just across the bridge from Vital West.
Chef Juan Cuadra and food and beverage director Chris Smilgin arrived at Yellowfin almost at the exact same time, equally from resorts in Islamorada, and they’ve stepped issues up far more than a couple of notches at Yellowfin.
“I came from the Postcard Inn and Chris came from Amara Cay. We truly want the locals to know we’re here and they are additional than welcome,” Cuadra explained throughout lunch on a recent Friday, when the dining home was stuffed with a mixture of vacation resort company, neighborhood partners experiencing a Friday date lunch and a couple of charter fishermen from the marina out back, who have been comparing notes about the day’s windy ailments on the drinking water.
“We want to be portion of the Essential West and Stock Island group, not just a restaurant for resort visitors,” Smilgin stated. “We definitely value our locals.”
And they’re not just declaring that.
Yellowfin not long ago entered and scored very well in the first-at any time Cuban Sandwich Throwdown at the Eco-friendly Parrot Bar. The party was element of the Conch Republic Independence Celebration and elevated money for the Key West Studying Centre.
Yellowfin was also element of the April 25 Style of Essential West celebration, in which nearby dining places and countrywide wine and beer businesses donate their products and workers time to enable AH Monroe supply affordable and obtainable housing, wellness treatment and HIV providers to Keys people.
“Before we arrived, there was a incredibly restricted menu in this article,” Cuadra explained.
But he’s expanded all 3 menus — breakfast, lunch and evening meal — and he and Smilgin are developing distinctive gatherings for attendees and locals, including a Havana Evenings pig roast and holiday brunches.
“Our full mission is to be local-welcoming, with a popular menu and delighted hours,” Smilgin reported. “But we completely transform at night time from a informal lunchtime atmosphere to full wonderful eating.”
The new meal menu characteristics a 21-ounce key ribeye, guava-braised brief ribs, a white wine garlic shrimp pasta, a filet, a surf-and-turf sirloin, a complete fried yellowtail snapper and nightly specials established by Cuadra. Yellowfin also will cook dinner your catch with your alternative of sides and sauces.
In just a number of months, the duo has raised Yellowfin’s ranking on Tripadvisor to No. 6.
“We also aid other regional businesses,” Cuadra said. “We get our bagels from Goldman’s, our pastries from Croissants de France, our honey from Keez Beez, and our fish and shrimp from community fishermen.”
Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen also characteristics a seize-and-go coffee station with bagels, espresso beverages and other snacks.
Right after breakfast, lunch or dinner at Yellowfin, examine Ocean’s Edge Resort’s marina and lushly landscaped grounds. To come across it, adhere to MacDonald Avenue on Stock Island all the way to the close and you’ll operate appropriate into the resort’s stately entrance. (And there is loads of parking for Yellowfin Bar & Kitchen.)