Island Hotel & Restaurant
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Island Hotel & Restaurant Restaurant Review: The Island Hotel is a fine place to sample Cedar Key's claim to fame: the sleepy fishing village is the U.S.'s No. 1 producer of farm-raised littleneck clams. Built in 1859, the hotel is purportedly haunted by 13 ghosts, particularly during grisly weather. Even if you don't believe the story of the restless spirit of a murdered former owner, you'll enjoy the hearts of palm salad (supposedly invented here by the hotel's original owners), the crab bisque, or just a drink in the chummy bar. The dining room is a bit rarefied, but you start feeling fairly comfortable when tucking into a steaming plate of Low Country grits with shrimp and scallions ladled with bacon gravy.