Key Largo Casino doesn’t really share anything with its namesake in the Florida Keys, but it has become a popular little casino since it was hatched in the late 1990s.
The casino is part of the Quality Inn on Flamingo Road just west of Paradise. It was originally just a handful of slots, but was converted into a full-blown casino about six years ago.
The casino meanders among several rooms and alcoves, which is actually a nice feature for slot and video poker players, who often like the anonymity of escaping to "hidden" floor spaces.
There is a central casino area with a single roulette wheel and a few blackjack tables, all flanked by a busy U-shaped bar.
Adjacent to the bar is a small Leroy’s sports book which is actually quite active on the weekends with all the football action.
The mix of gaming machines is a good one. There are plenty of video poker machines interspersed with the latest reel games, along with progressives such as Megabucks.
When it’s time to refuel, there’s Johnny’s Bistro for a quick snack, sandwich, pastry, coffee or drinks.
The Coral Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, including daily specials at bargain prices.
Daily specials feature meat loaf for $3.99 on Sunday, prime rib for $4.99 and fried chicken for $3.99 on Monday, chicken fried steak for $4.99 on Tuesday, spaghetti and meatballs for $3.99 on Wednesday, pork chops for $4.99 on Thursday, and fish and chips for $4.99 on Friday.
The coffee shop also serves a hearty, homemade beef stew for $4.99 that’s reminiscent of how mom used to make it.