You'll most commonly encounter conch in deep-fried fritters, chowder and salads. They are a gastropod mollusk native to the Florida Keys and famous for its pretty spiral shell. Conch is pronounced konk, so make sure to get it right. Be sure to try some conch meat seafood. Conch tastes mild and sweet, a bit like clam. It's been illegal to harvest them in Florida waters since 1980s, thanks to severe overfishing. Conch meat is tough and it has to be pounded, marinated, or otherwise tenderized before eating. Conch is nearly as synonymous with the Florida Keys as key deer and key limes.