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Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

For special milestones, events, or just for fun, locals flock to Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana.

This Jefferson County restaurant has been serving the area since 1950–and we could certainly see why!

Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

There can be a long wait time here but that’s okay if you know what I know! Down the stairs, you’ll find a very large area with tables and chairs–and board games! There’s a lot to dig through.

It’s the perfect place to pass the time. We broke into a heated game of Uno, playing two rounds before it was our turn to head on upstairs and sit down. It made the wait so much more comfortable and gave the kids some downtime, too. What a great idea!

Built in the 1800′s as a button factory, this is a really neat building! Mussel shells were once removed from the river, punched out with a special machine, leaving behind mother of pearl buttons that would then be hand-sewn onto cards.

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Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana

But today? This Indiana town restaurant has a staggering menu of seafood, with a smidgen of steak and chicken thrown in. There’s also a full bar.

Known for their French Fried Shrimp, a house specialty since their beginning, well, you can guess what I claimed “dibs” on!My husband, Jeremy, went for the Seafood Platter: shrimps, scallops, clams, frog legs, and fish. Yes, that says frog legs!

Our oldest has always loved shrimp–it’s been his favorite thing for years. He was thrilled that shrimp was available on the kids menu. The youngest had a hot dog and fries. The oldest ate through his and then…he tried the frog legs…and loved them!

I could hardly bear to look but he thought that was pretty neat. None of us could stay out of the bread. It was wonderful! I can’t even explain it.

Go There

Key West Shrimp House: Madison, Indiana

Key West Shrimp House: Madison, Indiana

You don’t stay in business for decades without knowing your way around the kitchen! Key West Shrimp House in Madison, Indiana is a staple in Jefferson County for a reason. Go check it out and see why!

Oh, and before I forget–you will want to save room for dessert! Stay tuned for that one.

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Key West Shrimp House
117 Ferry Street
Madison, Indiana 47250
812.265.2831

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About Jessica Nunemaker

Jessica Nunemaker is the little Indiana owner and Host of a little Indiana segment state-wide on PBS. Sometimes, she even sleeps. You'll usually find Jessica gallivanting around Indiana towns (population 15,000 and less) with her husband, Jeremy, and two boys (ages 9 and 5) in tow in search of where to stay, play and eat in small towns across the state! Small towns: destinations, not drive-thrus!

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