Small Cart, Big Flavor Garbo’s Grill: The food cart craze comes to Key West This tiny food cart, run by husband and wife team Eli and Kenna Pancamo, has been making a big splash in Key West and beyond. In the few years since Garbo’s Grill opened, it has had its recipes published in Bon Appétit, appeared on Travel and Leisure’s list of Best Tacos in America, and has been featured on the show Diners, Drive-Ins, & Dives on the Food Network. Garbo’s Grill is consistently ranked in the top three restaurants in Key West in online review sites—and it doesn’t even have a building. “We are about being able to go to a casual place to get a fine meal,” says Eli. “When people come upon us, they find something special in Key West that isn’t heavily advertised in coupon books or mass-produced. It is their secret oasis.” Only three years into its run, Garbo’s has big plans for the future. “Eventually, we want to outfit a vintage airstream and serve out of it with an extended menu including a variety of different burgers. The new location [behind Grunts on Caroline] is really helping us grow,” Eli says. “People have access to a bar and it’s more of a destination. It will be cool to watch how everything evolves.” But any change has to be true to the Garbo’s spirit. “We are not about the frills of a fine dining restaurant,” he says. “We are about serving good, fresh, soulful food in a simple manner.” Garbo’s is known for its tacos and burritos, like the Korean barbeque: marinated beef short rib, napa cabbage, scallions, carrots, diakon, citrus soy dressing and sriracha served either as a taco or burrito. Another crowd favorite is the Umamiburger: a half-pound of ground Angus beef topped with heirloom tomato, applewood bacon and chipotle gouda served on a brioche bun. Want to recreate this masterpiece in your kitchen? Eli has some tips for at-home chefs: “Don’t mess with the burger. Don’t press it down. Just put the toppings on, blanket them with the cheese, and then cover the burger—I use a bowl—to steam it with the toppings.” Delicious. —Juliet Gray Garbo’s Grill, 409 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040; (305) 304-3004; www.garbosgrillkw.com Our restaurant and bar guide is a collection of where to find the best food and drinks in Key West and the Keys. Don’t see your favorite haunt? Send listings/updates to email@example.com. A key to the restaurant listings’ symbols: AVERAGE DINNER ENTRÉE IS $10 OR LESS AVERAGE DINNER ENTRÉE IS $10-$20 AVERAGE DINNER ENTRÉE IS $20 OR MORE 2¢ Restaurant & Bar 416 Appelrouth Lane, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 414-8626 www.2centskw.com Locals love this gastropub that serves good food, cocktails, wine and craft beer as well as bacon every happy hour. Sit at a table indoors or out in the garden area and order the hand-cut Yukon gold truffled fries, grilled Shishito peppers, or tacos of the day along with a Moscow Mule, cold cider or glass of wine. $$ 5 Brothers Grocery & Sandwich Shop 930 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-5205 5brothersgrocery.tripod.com If you want to start your day like a local, this is the place to go. Order an espresso or café con leche paired with a guava-and-cheese pastry or Cuban toast. Everything is take-out (and cash) only, so have a seat on one of the outside benches and enjoy your breakfast as you watch the people of Key West wander by. $ A&B Lobster House 700 Front St. (upstairs), Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-5880 www.aandblobsterhouse.com Since 1947, A&B (named for its original owners, Alonzo and Berlin) has been a destination of choice for superior seafood dining with great views of the boats docked at Key West Bight. Try the shrimp cocktail martini appetizer: jumbo Key West pink shrimp served chilled with horseradish cocktail sauce and lemon. $$$ Abbondanza Italian Restaurant 1208 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1199 www.abbondanzakeywest.com Abbondanza is known for large portions of standard Italian fare as well as friendly service. Popular entrees include: capellini al cozze, angel hair pasta with fresh mussels served in a light marinara sauce; classic chicken Parmigiana; and the delicious lasagna alla bolognese. $$ Alonzo’s Oyster Bar 700 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-5880 www.alonzosoysterbar.com Alonzo’s features the largest selection of cold- and warm-water oysters on the island. Dine outside with a view of Key West Bight and try the oysters, clams, or shrimp served steamed or chilled, or another seafood dish from the extensive menu. During happy hour, the entire right-hand side of the menu is half-off. $$ Ambrosia Japanese Restaurant 1401 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-0304 www.santamariasuites.com/restaurant.htm Ambrosia serves up fresh sushi and Japanese-influenced fare. Try the sashimi appetizer with four varieties of the day’s fresh fish or the duck tataki: duck breast marinated in sweet miso paste, seared, sliced thin, served with spicy green yuzu pepper. $$$ Amigos Tortilla Bar 425 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-2009 www.amigoskeywest.com Not your typical taco stand, Amigos features a square tortilla that offers more filling and less spilling. Their handmade corn tortillas have no preservatives, no trans or saturated fats and are filled with seasoned meats, veggies or fresh seafood, then topped with combinations of freshly diced onions, chopped cilantro, pico de gallo and salsas. $$ Antonia’s 615 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-6565 www.antoniaskeywest.com Antonia’s has been serving up Northern Italian and Mediterranean cuisine in Key West for more than 25 years. The food is fresh and the pasta is house-made. Try the fettuccine al profumo di tartufo, fettuccine served with asparagus, shiitake and button mushrooms, truffle oil and Parmesan cheese. $$$ Azur Restaurant 425 Grinnell St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-2987 www.azurkeywest.com Enjoy Azur’s Mediterranean fare on a shaded terrace by a waterfall or in the comfort of the cool dining room. The menu changes seasonally. Highlights include the eggplant chips topped with salt and rosemary honey, and the whole grilled branzino fish, served with rosemary, garlic, cured tomatoes, Kalamata olives and Yukon potatoes. $$$ Bad Boy Burrito 1128 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-2697 www.badboyburrito.com Recently featured on the Food Network, the gourmet-style burritos at Bad Boy Burrito are a local favorite. The plentiful build-your-own options include choices for vegetarians as well as meat eaters. Try the cayo hueso fish tacos, locally caught fish served on hand-made corn tortillas with shaved cabbage, pico de gallo, verde sauce and sour cream. $ Bagatelle 115 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-6609 www.bagatellekeywest.com Bagatelle serves tropical seafood fare in a converted Victorian-style home right on Duval Street. Sit on the porch and try the tuna tataki: sesame-crusted, seared rare tuna served with wakame salad, wasabi, pickled ginger, and a sesame-soy-peanut sauce. The lobster mac and cheese is also not to be missed. $$$ Banana Café 1215 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7227 www.bananacafekw.com The Banana Café is a French bistro with a Caribbean twist. Menu items include a variety of sweet or savory crepes, as well as crisp salads, hearty country sandwiches, and a vast array of fresh local seafood prepared with a host of sauces, like the sautéed yellowtail snapper, served with a citrus buerre blanc, haricots verts, and cherry tomatoes. $$$ Better Than Sex: A Dessert Restaurant 926 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-8102 www.betterthansexkw .com This decidedly adult dessert-only restaurant offers tongue-in-cheek titles of its sweet confections, like the Fork- You Fondue, vanilla cheesecake fondue served chilled and paired with pound cake donut holes rolled in cinnamon sugar; and Jungle Fever, a warm chocolate cake served with chocolate pudding and vanilla bean balls. $$ Big John’s Pizza 1103 Key Plaza, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-9576 www.bigjohnspizzakw.com Big John’s Pizza is a family-owned pizzeria that has been serving Key West since 1997, offering authentic New York-style pizza and other Italian specialties. A wide variety of pizza, pasta and sub combinations are available. The Greek salad is a favorite here, as well as the regular cheese pizza with fresh garlic. $$ Bistro 245 The Westin Key West Resort, 245 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-4320 www.westinkeywestresort.com/dining Dine indoors or outside with sweeping views of Key West Harbor perfect for viewing the sunset. Bistro 245 offers fresh island cuisine such as its grilled pineapple salad, gazpacho, shrimp bisque, or herb-seared local mahi served with tangerine butter, scallion potato cake and grilled asparagus. $$$ Blackfin Bistro 918 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 509-7408 www.blackfinbistro.com Blackfin is a classic bistro that serves breakfast all day, as well as lunch and dinner. Breakfast highlights include the smoked salmon omelet served with goat cheese, sautéed onions, and truffle oil, and a variety of eggs Benedict options. A variety of wines by the glass and bottle are also available, as well as imported and domestic beer. $$$ Blue Heaven 729 Thomas St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-8666 www.blueheavenkw.com Located in historic Bahama Village, Blue Heaven is one of the more casual Key West restaurants, featuring live entertainment and American, Caribbean and vegetarian cuisine. Try the popular Key lime pie (Kenny Chesney is a fan) inside or in the shaded outdoors with the chickens and cats that freely roam the property. $$$ B.O.’s Fishwagon 801 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-9272 www.bosfishwagon.com Home of the “Square Grouper Sandwich,” B.O.’s Fishwagon is slice of old Key West. Stop by Friday nights for great live music and try the fried cracked conch, shrimp or fish-of-theday sandwich. Fried seafood platters are also on offer, served with black beans and rice, salad and hand-cut fries. $$ BurgerFi 221 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 453-6869 www.burgerfi.com BurgerFi serves up all-natural, grassfed beef burgers with no chemicals and no additives. While other burger joints might limit their menu to just the basic options, BurgerFi offers specialty items like build-your-own burgers, Wagyu Kobe beef or apple-chicken hot dogs, fries with a choice of six different toppings, in addition to craft beer and wine. $$ Café Marquesa Marquesa Hotel, 600 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1244 www.marquesa.com/cafe-marquesa.htm Café Marquesa features contemporary American cuisine that changes seasonally. Specialties include the porcini-dusted diver sea scallops served with mushroom truffle butter, herb risotto, and Swiss chard, as well as the grilled black Angus filet mignon with blue cheese crust, asparagus, brandy horseradish sauce and Boursin mashed potato. $$$ Café Solé 1029 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-0230 www.cafesole.com Café Solé has been serving up Chef John Correa’s combination of European and Caribbean cuisine in Key West for 20 years. Try the fresh-caught hog snapper served with a roasted red pepper zabaglione or the black grouper with spicy roasted-red-pepper-and-hazelnut sauce, garlic and tomatoes. $$$ Camille’s Restaurant 1202 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4811 www.camilleskeywest.com This funky restaurant has been a local staple for more than 20 years, serving up favorites like the build-your-own omelet, BLTA (that’s a bacon, lettuce, tomato, and avocado sandwich), and macadamianut- crusted yellowtail snapper with diced tomatoes, caramelized Vidalia onions, coconut milk, ginger and Key lime chardonnay sauce. $$ Caroline’s Café 310 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7511 www.carolineskeywest.com Caroline’s is a casual outdoor bar and restaurant located right on Duval Street that serves decidedly American cuisine including fresh salads, pasta dishes, and sandwiches. Try the grilled marinated portabello mushroom sandwich served with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic mayonnaise and fries. $$ Charlie Mac’s 404 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 320-0204 www.charliemacs404.com Next to the world-famous Green Parrot, Charlie Mac’s serves barbecue: smoked ribs inspired by the sizzling pits of South Carolina, plus chicken, brisket and craft beer. Try the fried pickles to start, followed by the dry-rubbed, slow-smoked chopped barbecued pork platter served with coleslaw, corn bread and your choice of two sides. $$ Chico’s Cantina 5230 U.S. 1, Stock Island, FL 33040 (305) 296-4714 www.chicoscantina.com This Stock Island favorite offers authentic Mexican cuisine with numerous choices of tacos, burritos, enchiladas, and fajitas. Try the fish abodabo grilled in corn husks: fresh local catch marinated in red chile puree, seasoned with garlic, herbs, and spices, wrapped in corn husk and grilled over an open fire. $$ China Garden West Downtown 531 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-6177 www.chinagardenkeywest.com The Cheng family has been serving up traditional Chinese cuisine, such as chicken chow mein, General Tso’s chicken, sweet-and-sour pork, moo shu vegetables, curry shrimp, and vegetable lo mein, for more than 25 years in Key West. The portions are large enough to share and they are always open during the holidays. $ Coffee Plantation 713 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-9808 www.coffeeplantationkeywest.com The Coffee Plantation is filled with vibrant artwork by owners Diane and Theo Glorie, and has been serving up fresh brew in Key West for more than 11 years. Stop by for a cup and you will most likely find locals having a meeting, writing on their laptops and generally taking advantage of the Wi-Fi (free with purchase). $ Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery and Deli 1111 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-0703 www.colespeace.com Baguette, ciabatta, sourdough, multigrain, cinnamon raisin, and olive breads, among others, are fresh and made on the premises. At lunchtime, order a classic egg salad sandwich on your choice of bread or one of the daily specials, like the house-smoked brisket with pickled onions and barbecue sauce on wholegrain bread. $ The Commodore 700 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-9191 www.commodorekeywest.com Request a table by the window for fine dining with great views of Key West Bight. The Commodore offers select seafood and steak dishes as well as an extensive wine menu. Try the mahi sautéed with mushrooms, tomatoes, capers and lemon in a white wine sauce served with roasted red potatoes. $$$ Conch Republic Seafood Company 631 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-4403 www.conchrepublicseafood.com The busy Conch Republic is a hug e open-air harbor-front restaurant and bar with live music almos t every night and a late-night menu available after 10 p.m. Try the catch-of-the-day sandwich: fresh fish served seared, fried or blackened on Cuban bread with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and fries. $$ Conch Shack On Duval 118 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-2494 www.myconchshack.com The Conch Shack has a fe w chairs for eating street-side and features overloaded lobster rolls, fish and chips, hand-cut fries, hot dogs, burgers and, of course, conch fritters. Order the fritters with the lime aioli for a luscious treat. Ice-cold beer is also on offer, as are a hos t of smoothies with alcohol. $ Croissants de France and Le Bistro 816 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-2624 www.croissantsdefrance.com This unique establishment features a garden-style patio restaurant, Le Bistro, and serves crepes, salads, sandwiches, quiches and omelets. The bakery, Croissants de France, offers freshly baked tarts, croissants, pies and cakes. They create and deliver wedding and specialty cakes from Key West to Islamorada. $$ Cuban Coffee Queen 234 Margaret St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7787 www.cubancoffeequeen.com The café con leche served here goes perfectly with the Key Wester breakfast sandwich on offer. And there’s more here than just coffee: Cuban Coffee Queen also mixes up a variety of fruit smoothies with additions such as soymilk, echinacea, ginseng, ginger, maca root powder, brown rice, bee pollen and cocoa powder. $ Dante’s Key West 951 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-5123 www.danteskeywest.com Dante’s is one of the few places in Key West where you can eat, drink and then relax in a large pool that isn’t a part of a hotel. It has a wide selection of fresh, locally-sourced seafood, which includes smoked fish dip, conch fritters, crab-stuffed shrimp, she crab soup, and steamed oysters, clams and shrimp, among many other options. $$ D.J.’s Clam Shack 629 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-0102 www.djsclamshack.com Recently featured on the Food Network, D.J.’s Clam Shack serves traditional Northern and Southern American seafood dishes. Favorites include the overstuffed Maine lobster roll, cracked conch tacos, New England clam chowder, and goldenfried clam strips served with fries or coleslaw. $$ Dolphin Deli 5600 Maloney Ave., Stock Island, FL 33040 (305) 293-0707 www.dolphindeli.com Dolphin Deli has been serving up breakfast and lunch to the hungry people of (and visitors to) Stock Island since the early 1990s. Its staying power lies in the classic American cuisine featured on the extensive menu. Try the island meltdown sandwich: cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheeses with marinated tomatoes on grilled sourdough. $ Duetto Pizza and Gelato 540 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 848-4981 www.pizzaandgelato.it Duetto’s serves a variety of pizza along with a dozen different types of gelato. Try the quattro formaggi pizza baked with tomato sauce, provolone, Gorgonzola, Swiss cheese and Italian mozzarella. In addition to the pizza and gelato, grilled ciabatta, wraps and focaccia sandwiches as well as coffee, smoothies and shakes are available. $$ Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House 1007 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4900 www.duffyskeywest.com Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House maintains its tradition of offering casual dining at affordable prices. The menu features crowd favorites such as Buffalo wings, conch fritters, prime rib, filet mignon, whole fresh Florida lobster, jumbo shrimp scampi and even fried alligator tail. $$ Eaton Street Seafood Market 801 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-3474 www.kwseafood.com The Eaton Street Seafood Market serves up fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. There are a few small tables at which you can enjoy some smoked fish dip, or the favorite shrimp salad sandwich, served on a croissant with spring greens and tomato. Eaton Street Seafood Market will also ship its fresh seafood right to your door. $$ El Meson de Pepe’s Restaurant & Bar 410 Wall St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-2620 www.elmesondepepe.com El Meson de Pepe’s is a family owned and operated Cuban restaurant. Menu highlights include the classic ropa vieja, a traditional Cuban dish of shredded beef stewed with fresh tomatoes, green peppers, onions and red wine. Every night at sunset, the local salsa band Caribe of Key West performs while people dance and mingle outside at the patio bar. $$$ El Siboney Restaurant 900 Catherine St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4184 www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com El Siboney is one of the best of Key West’s Cuban restaurants, serving generous portions of affordable, traditional Cuban cuisine. Favorite menu items include the café con leche, Cuban mix sandwich and the roast pork with yellow rice, black beans, sweet plantains and Cuban bread. $$ Firefly Key West 223 Petronia St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 849-0104 www.fireflykeywest.com Firefly serves Southern fare using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to create new versions of classic familiar dishes. Try the deviled egg with pickled ramps and ash-roasted red pepper sauce followed by the buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and charred corn on the cob. $$$ Five Guys Burgers and Fries 500 Truman Ave., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2177 2814 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 735-4938 www.fiveguys.com Five Guys Burger and Fries claims there are more than 250,000 possible ways to order a burger at the establishment. Yes, the options are plentiful, and the burgers are made with fresh ground beef that has never been frozen, while the fries are cooked in no-cholesterol peanut oil. Hot dogs and veggie sandwiches are also on offer. $ Flaming Buoy Filet Co. 1100 Packer St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-7970 www.theflamingbuoy.com This restaurant and wine bar serves up inventive contemporary menu options such as barbecued Danish baby back ribs, which are spice-rubbed and slow baked, then finished on the grill with a jalapeno barbecue sauce and served with sweet-and-spicy Szechuan green beans and macaroni and cheese. $$$ Fogarty’s Restaurant 227 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7525 www.fogartysofkeywest.com Fogarty’s is a great spot on Duval Street to people-watch as you dine. Try the Taste of Key West appetizer, an assortment of fish bites, conch fritters, and fried shrimp, or the shrimp and bacon club with grilled Gulf shrimp, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato, and tomato basil dressing on whole grain bread served with fries. $$ Franco’s Hero & Deli 1219 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-9777 www.francosheroanddeli.com Franco’s is an authentic Italian deli owned and operated by a family that hails from Long Island, New York. They prepare overstuffed subs big enough to share and make their own mozzarella. Try the caprese sandwich with the fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil oil on ciabatta bread and ask for a side of balsamic dressing for dipping. $ Garbo’s Grill 409 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 304-3004 www.garbosgrillkw.com Garbo’s Grill isn’t your typical brickand- mortar restaurant. It’s a food truck that was recently featured on the Food Network. Locals Eli and Kenna Pancamo serve up popular dishes such as Korean barbecue tacos: marinated beef short rib, napa cabbage, scallions, carrots, daikon, citrus soy dressing and sriracha served on two soft tortillas. $ Glazed Donuts 420 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-9142 www.glazeddonuts.com This Southernmost doughnut ship in the continental United States offers up, you guessed it, fresh, delicious doughnuts. And the selection is plentiful. Owners Jonathan and Megan Pidgeon make everything from scratch, from the dough to the frostings, glazes, jellies and even the sprinkles. One house specialty: the maple bourbon with candied bacon doughnut. $ Goldman’s Bagel Deli 2796 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-3354 www.goldmansdeli.com For more than 15 years, Goldman’s has served up traditional New York delistyle fare. The bagels are made fresh daily, boiled and baked there, as is the bread. Other deli favorites are chicken noodle and matzoh ball soups, hot corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, burgers, kosher franks, smoked salmon and herring in wine or cream sauce. $$ The Grand Café 314 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-4740 www.grandcafekeywest.com Located in a Victorian-style mansion, the Grand serves contemporary American cuisine with an extensive wine list to complement your order. Try the tuna tartare, served with wonton crisps, pickled ginger and wasabi peas. Sit indoors in the cool air conditioning or outside on the porch or brick patio and watch the Duval Street parade go by. $$$ Half Shell Raw Bar 231 Margaret St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7496 www.halfshellrawbar.com Originally built as a shrimp warehouse, the Half Shell Raw Bar was established as a restaurant back in 1972 and has been serving up local seafood in the Key West Bight ever since. Gulf oysters, clams and Key West pink shrimp are all available cooked a number of different ways. Try the fried shrimp served with coleslaw and fries. $$ Harbourview Café Pier House Resort, 1 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4600 www.pierhouse.com Right on Key West Harbor at the Pier House Resort, the Harbourview Café offers island-inspired cuisine with a side of terrific harbor views. Ask for a table on the patio overlooking the harbor and try the Key West pink shrimp sautéed in a beurre blanc sauce, with smoked bacon and mushrooms, served with jasmine rice. $$$ Harpoon Harry’s Restaurant and Bar 832 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-8744 www.harpoonharryskeywest.com Daily blue-plate specials, soups, salads and sandwiches combined with a parade of colorful locals make Harpoon Harry’s a unique Key West experience. Harpoon Harry’s (cash only) is also a package store, so you can stock up on beer, wine and liquor after your meal. $ Help Yourself 829 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-7766 www.helpyourselffoods.com Help Yourself is a café, juice bar, and market all in one. The café serves sandwiches, wraps and salads made from scratch using organic ingredients, while the juice bar includes fresh, ripe organic fruits and vegetables in the juices and smoothies. The market contains organic foods as well as books, beauty care and household essentials. $$ Hog’s Breath Saloon 400 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4222 www.hogsbreath.com Hog’s Breath offers great seafood, fresh smoked barbecue, live music and even a kids’ menu. Sit inside or outside on the spacious patio while enjoying the live, local entertainers. Try the seafood sampler: peel-and-eat shrimp, conch fritters, garlic shrimp dip and smoked fish dip served with coleslaw, lemon, dipping sauces and crackers. $$ Hogfish Bar & Grill 6810 Front St., Stock Island, FL 33040 (305) 293-4041 www.hogfishbar.com This is the place for local seafood, with Key West pink shrimp, lobster and hogfish. The restaurant only uses hogfish caught by local divers and does not substitute other fish when it’s out, so call ahead to make sure the hogfish is available. Try the fried hogfish sandwich with Swiss cheese, onions and mushrooms on fresh Cuban bread. $$ Hong Kong Restaurant 2804 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-8608 www.keywestchinesefood.com Hong Kong Restaurant’s goal is to provide sushi and traditional Chinese and Japanese fare in the healthiest and most delicious way possible. Classic dishes such as egg foo young, chicken lo mein, sweet-and-sour pork and beef chow mein are all available for dining in, takeout or delivery. $$ Hot Tin Roof Ocean Key Resort & Spa, 0 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-7701 www.oceankey.com The Hot Tin Roof restaurant is at the Ocean Key Resort & Spa overlooking Key West Harbor. Request a table on the covered patio at sunset to catch some of the best views on the island. Try the shrimp tacos, served with warm tortillas, pico de gallo, queso blanco and salsa verde. $$$ Incas Restaurant 800 White St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1616 www.incasrestaurantkeywest.com Incas, across the street from the Meadows neighborhood, has the best selection of Peruvian-style dishes in the Keys. Try the lomo saltado, sautéed beef with onion, tomatoes, cilantro and fries served with rice, and pair it with homemade sangria or a Peruvian soda or beer. $$ Irish Kevin’s 211-C Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1262 www.irishkevins.com You can usually hear when you’re approaching Irish Kevin’s, as there’s live music most days and nights. Wings, flat bread pizzas and sandwiches (also available pressed) are on the menu, as well as a large selection of craft beer that changes seasonally. $$ Island Dogs Bar 505 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 509-7136 www.islanddogsbar.com Island Dogs is the Southernmost hub for the New England Patriots and Florida State Seminoles fan clubs. Cheer on your team with a cucumber-and-ginger martini and the catch of the day prepared blackened, grilled or fried, served with Key lime tartar sauce, vegetable du jour and yellow rice and beans. $$ Jack Flats 509 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7955 www.jackflatskw.com Locals love to watch their favorite games at Jack Flats on one of the 19 big-screen Tvs. There are plenty of beers on tap and a full bar for your cocktail of choice. Classic bar fare is available, such as the local favorite, Buffalo shrimp: jumbo shrimp fried and tossed with cayenne pepper sauce, served with celery and bleu cheese. $$ Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville 500 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1435 www.margaritavillekeywest.com Yes, this is the original Margaritaville, and yes, Jimmy Buffett has played both inside the restaurant and on Duval Street just outside the doors in recent years. Head here for the cheeseburger in paradise, topped with American cheese, lettuce and tomato, served with Heinz 57 and fries; stay for the great live music playing most evenings. $$ Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill & Brewery 301 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-8484 www.kellyskeywest.com Kelly’s describes its food as “American flair with an island twist.” Menu items include coconut shrimp, diver scallops, flash-fried yellowtail snapper, jerked chicken, a mango-barbecue pork sandwich and more. Try the jerked chicken platter: a quarter of a chicken slow-roasted in island spices with jerk barbecue glaze, served with coconut rice. $$$ Kennedy Café 924-A Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 809-9000 www.kennedycafe.com In the Mediterranean, a variety of traditional small dishes called Mazzas are served in Greek, Turkish and Italian cuisine. Kennedy Café serves such Mazzas, which include hummus, grilled eggplant, and falafel, as well as American-style food such as pancakes, omelets, burgers, chicken fingers and wings. $ Key Plaza Creperie 1105 Key Plaza, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 517-6032 www.keyplazacreperie.com This European-style restaurant features artisan coffees and teas, as well as crepes, galettes, paninis and wraps. Try the prosciutto-and-Swiss-cheese galette, an organic buckwheat savory crepe filled with prosciutto, Swiss cheese, tomato, basil and your choice of eggs any style. $$ Kim’s Kuban 2300 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2878 Kim’s Kuban is an authentic Cuban deli serving up a variety of breakfast and Cuban-style sandwiches. There is limited seating, so you might choose to take your meal to go. This is a favorite breakfast stop for locals heading to work, as Kim’s serves one of the best cups of café con leche on the island. $ Kojin Noodle Bar 502 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2077 Serving more than just noodles, Kojin presents a refreshing Asian-inspired selection including fresh steamed pork buns, chicken gyoza, and shrimp dumplings. Kojin offers half or full orders of its noodle bowls, so make sure you specify when ordering. Try the house ramen with pork shoulder, pork belly, a soft egg, nori and scallion. $$ La Creperie 300 Petronia St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 517-6799 www.lacreperiekeywest.com The owners of La Creperie originally hail from Brittany, in Northern France, and have been serving up their signature crepes in Key West for more than 10 years. Try the sweet crepe with dulce de leche, banana and coconut, or the savory organic buckwheat galette with goat cheese, pesto, tomatoes and fresh basil. $$ La Te Da 1125 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-6706 www.lateda.com There’s a lot going on at La Te Da, which houses a hotel, piano bar, terrace bar, restaurant and cabaret. The restaurant offers contemporary island-inspired cuisine, such as sautéed Key West yellowtail snapper with brown butter, capers, Kalamata olivestudded mashed potatoes and the chef ’s selection of vegetables. $$$ La Trattoria Old Town 524 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-1075 La Trattoria Oceanside 3593 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-6789 www.latrattoria.us For more than 30 years, La Trattoria has been serving authentic Italian cuisine in Key West. Try the linguine con pollo alla Parmigiana: lightly breaded, pan-fried chicken breast topped with mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese and tomato sauce, served with linguine pasta and vegetables. $$$ Latitudes Beach Restaurant Sunset Key Short ferry ride from Westin Resort 245 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-5394 www.westinsunsetkeycottages.com/latitudes Request a table outside near the water for an uninterrupted view of the sun as it sets over the Gulf of Mexico. When the stars come out, tiki torches illuminate the beachfront. Try the pan-seared snapper served with citrus risotto, asparagus, ginger-lime cream sauce, tropical fruit relish and crispy plantain. $$$ Lazy Gecko 203 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1903 www.thelazygecko.com Located on Duval Street, this airconditioned tropical island bar offers frozen daiquiris, loaded pressed sandwiches such as the BLT, Cuban mix and shrimp po’ boy, as well as delicious fresh pizza. The Lazy Gecko has live music daily, and most nights a live DJ plays until 4 a.m. New England baseball fans take note: this bar is the Southernmost home of Red Sox Nation. $$ Louie’s Backyard 700 Waddell Ave., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-1061 www.louiesbackyard.com Locals have been dining at Louie’s for more than 40 years thanks to the fantastic food, service and ocean views. Request a table on the deck, right on the water, and arrive early for a predinner cocktail at the Afterdeck Bar as the sun sets. Try the sautéed Gulf shrimp with bacon, mushrooms and stoneground grits. $$$ Luigis Secret Recipes 521 Fleming St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-4962 Luigis Secret Recipes serves up authentic Italian-style pizza, calzone, stromboli, salads and sandwiches. Build your own pizza, grab a slice along with one of the fresh salads, or try an inventive sandwich such as the roasted turkey panini: havarti cheese, bacon, mixed baby greens, pickled red onion and garlic aioli served with a pickle and chips. $$ Lupita’s Mexican Restaurant 1500 Bertha St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-2616 Lupita’s dishes up authentic Mexican food including tacos, burritos, enchiladas, quesadillas, chicharrones, camarones, fajitas and tostadas, as well as a good selection of Mexican beers and margaritas. Try the combo platter of two chicken enchiladas, one beef burrito, rice, refried beans and a small salad. $$ Mangia Mangia Pasta Café 900 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-2469 www.mangia-mangia.com Here in Key West, Mangia Mangia is famous for its fresh, house-made pasta. Choose from: spaghettini topped with green-lipped New Zealand mussels in a garlicky marinara sauce; linguine with clams in shallots, white wine, garlic and butter broth; or another of the many delicious varieties of pasta dishes. $$ Mangoes 700 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-4606 www.mangoeskw.com Mangoes supports sustainable fishing, farming, and ranching methods, and all produce is sourced as locally as possible to create its Floribbean fare. Try the mango chopped salad: chopped hearts of romaine, hearts of palm, roma tomato, toasted almonds, shrimp, mango, smoked bacon and red onion tossed with balsamic vinaigrette. $$$ Martin’s On Duval 917 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-0111 www.martinskeywest.com Dine inside in the cool air conditioning, outside on the patio overlooking Duval Street, or al fresco in the peaceful back garden. Wherever you choose, you’ll be treated to authentic German fare, such as the grilled duck breast served in a Burgundy sauce with red cabbage, rosemary potatoes, a poached pear half and lingonberry marmalade. $$$ McConnell’s Irish Pub 900 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-2433 www.southernmostirish.com McConnell’s offers local seafood and traditional Irish fare such as fish and chips, shepherd’s pie and corned beef and cabbage. Try the Irish nachos: hand-cut potato chips topped with corned beef or grilled chicken, melted cheese, shredded lettuce, scallions, diced tomatoes, jalapenos and a banana pepper, served with sour cream and salsa. $$ Michaels Restaurant 532 Margaret St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-1300 www.michaelskeywest.com For more than 15 years, owners Michael and Melanie Wilson have been serving up contemporary American cuisine to locals and visitors alike, focusing mainly on steakhouse favorites such as prime beef, seafood and pasta. Try the filet al forno: filet mignon topped with roasted garlic and Roquefort cheese. $$$ Mo’s Restaurant 1116 White St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-8955 You’ll find big Caribbean and Creole flavors at this small restaurant. There is an open kitchen in the dining area and almost all of the seafood is locally sourced. Locals and visitors rave about the generous portions of the shrimp Creole pasta, oxtail stew and sautéed snapper. $$ Mr. Z’s 501 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4445 www.mrzskeywest.com Attention, hungry insomniacs: This is your place! Pizza, grinders, stromboli, hoagies and cheese-steaks are available daily until 4 a.m. Dine in at the small counter or take your order to go. Order an ice cold Rolling Rock or Bud Light while you wait for your slice or chicken cheesesteak. Cash only. $ New York Pasta Garden 1075 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1991 www.newyorkpastagarden.com For the past 25 years, New York Pasta Garden has been serving pizza, seafood and yes, pasta. Start with the battered artichoke fritters served over mixed greens and topped with a lemon, tarragon, white wine and butter sauce. Then try the penne alla vodka, prosciutto sautéed with fresh basil and garlic in a vodka tomato cream sauce. $$ nine one five and Point5 915 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-0669 www.915duval.com Dine al fresco with ample vie ws of Duval Street on the elegant Victorianstyle patio, sit indoors on the first floor surrounded by eclectic artwork, or head upstairs to Point5 and take a seat on the second-floor balcony. Point5 serves thin-crust pizza, light bites and craft cocktails, while Nine One Five offers contemporary American cuisine tinged with global flavors. $$$ Old Town Bakery 930 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 396-7450 www.oldtownbakerykeywest.com Every day, owner Niall Bowen ensures that the cases are filled with freshly baked croissants, cakes, tarts, éclairs, cookies, brownies and other sweet and savory items, while baskets of freshly baked bread line the counter. A lunch menu is also available, with different fresh, house-made soups daily. $ Old Town Mexican Café 609 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-7500 www.oldtownmexicancafe.com The salsa at the Old Town Mexican Cafe is a Key West must-have. It is so good, in fact, that local grocery store Fausto’s sells it by the tub. Ser vers bring you salsa as soon as you sit down, and what you order after that will be just as tasty. Try the appetizer of roast corn served with grated cheese and chile aioli. $$ Onlywood Pizzeria Trattoria 613 1/2 Rear Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 735-4412 www.onlywoodkw.com The owners of Onlywood grew up in a small village in Napoletana, Italy, and learned how to make pizza from one of the founders of the I talian Associazione Napoletana Pizzaoli. Try the Keste pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, topped with homemade mozzarella, prosciutto di Palma, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. $$ Origami Japanese Restaurant 1075 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-0092 At Origami, you’ ll find traditional Japanese cuisine including sushi, teriyaki, tataki, and tempura dishes. Dine indoors surrounded by eclectic contemporary art or outdoors in the lush courtyard. Sushi lovers should try the Brian salad: an assor tment of sashimi served with miso dressing and ponzu sauce atop mixed greens. $$ Palm Haven Restaurant DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key, 3990 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-1818 www.doubletreekeywest.com Palm Haven, at DoubleTree Resort, serves island-influenced American cuisine including fresh seafood, steaks, and salads. Request a table outside on the Osprey Verandah and try the filet mignon brochettes: grilled beef tenderloin topped with a por t wine-mushroom demi sauce. $$$ Panini Panini 1075 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2002 www.paninikw.com Start your day with a lemon, ginger and cayenne juice shot followed by a soy latte paired with an egg, cheese and bacon panini, reputedly a great hangover cure. Or stop by for lunch and choose from an assortment of grilled sandwiches, fresh wraps and crisp salads assembled to order, a fresh fruit smoothie or fresh-pressed juice to go. $ Paradise Pizza 503 Greene St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-4100 Grab a large slice of Paradise’s New York-style pizza or some wings, jalapeno poppers, or mozzarella sticks to enjoy before you wander through the downtown Duval area. Out late? Paradise Pizza is open daily until 4 a.m. Try the Grandma pizza, made with fresh mozzarella, basil, tomato and garlic oil. $$ Paseo 1000 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 517-6740 Paseo is known for its huge, flavorful sandwiches served on lightly toasted baguettes, such as the hot, pressed ham and Swiss cheese topped with caramelized onions, banana peppers, garlic aioli and fresh cilantro. But the eatery also serves fantastic Caribbean fare. The vegetarian black beans and rice dish is one of the best on the island. As is the grilled corn on the cob. $ Pepe’s Cafe & Steak House 806 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7192 www.pepeskeywest.com Pepe’s was founded in 1909 and locals credit its staying power to the housemade offerings such as granola, breads and freshly squeezed juices for the margaritas and screwdrivers. Popular menu options include oysters (served raw or baked), a variety of burgers, fresh seafood, pork chops and of course, steaks. $$ Pinchers Crab Shack 712 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 440-2179 www.pincherscrabshack.com As the name implies, Pinchers serves up crab in numerous ways, from hot crab-and-cheese dip to jumbo lump crabcake sandwich. There are also other seafood dishes on the menu. Try the grouper Reuben: grilled or fried grouper on marbled rye with coleslaw, Swiss cheese and Thousand Island dressing. $$ Pisces 1007 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7100 www.pisceskeywest.com Pisces offers French-Caribbean cuisine complemented by an extensive wine list. The signature dish is the lobster Tango Mango: lobster flambéed in cognac with shrimp in saffron butter, mango and basil. Other options include roast half-duckling served with raspberry sauce and filet mignon with Bordelaise sauce and shallot confit. $$$ Prime Steakhouse 951 Caroline St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4000 www.primekeywest.com Quality prime aged beef such as the New York strip is the focus of Prime Steakhouse, but lobster tail, oysters, fresh local catch and pork tenderloin are also on the menu. Start with the she crab soup followed by the Surf & Turf: a 10-ounce filet mignon and 8-ounce Florida lobster tail served with ovenroasted garlic and a red wine demiglaze. $$$ Red Fish Blue Fish 407 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-7447 Red Fish Blue Fish offers a classic American seafood-focused menu with items such as sliders, creamy corn-and-crab chowder and a variety of sandwiches, burgers, and seafood dishes. Try the fried combo feast: fried shrimp, scallops, and the fish of the day served with rice, coleslaw and the vegetable of the day. $$ Roof Top Café 308 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-2042 www.rooftopcafekeywest.com The Roof Top Café serves “new island cuisine,” which combines contemporary flavors of the tropics, spices from the Far East, and staples from the Mediterranean. Try the horseradishencrusted sea bass, pan roasted and served with roasted garlic vinaigrette and bacon-sage mash. $$$ Roostica Wood-Fire Pizzeria 5620 MacDonald Ave., Stock Island, FL 33040 (305) 296-4999 www.roostica.com Roostica offers authentic Neapolitan pizza, using only soft-grain flour, fresh yeast, water and sea salt for the dough, and cooks it in a traditional woodburning oven. Build your own from one of the inventive topping options, or try one from the menu like the rocket, with San Marzano tomato, mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto and shaved Parmesan. $$ Rum Barrel Bar & Grill 528 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-7862 www.rumbarrel.com Owned by former NBA 76ers president Pat Croce, the Rum Barrel is the Southernmost Philadelphia sports bar known for serving more than 150 different types of rum. A wide variety of sandwiches and burgers are also available, as well as soups, salads and appetizers like the conch fritters, wings and peel-and-eat Key West pink shrimp. $$ The Rusty Anchor Restaurant 5501 Fifth Ave, Stock Island, FL 33040 (305) 296-2893 www.rustyanchor.com The wonderful thing about The Rusty Anchor is that you know the seafood is fresh, because the back of the restaurant is a seafood market that supplies many other local restaurants. Great local art and photography share the stage with thick chowders and fried fish. This is a good place to take a great crowd. $$ Salute! On the Beach 1000 Atlantic Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-1117 www.saluteonthebeach.com Right on Higgs Beach, Salute offers Italian cuisine featuring lighter, Caribbean-influenced takes on classics, with fresh breads, vegetables and local seafood. Request a table overlooking the beach and try the sautéed scallops on fresh greens served with tropical salsa. If you’ve got the kids with you, there’s a public playground right next door. $$ Sandy’s Café 1026 White St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-0159 www.kwsandyscafe.com Sandy’s is another great place to start your day off like a local by grabbing a hot café con leche from the walk-up window. There are some bar stools offering a place to sit and enjoy a veggie omelet or scrambled eggs with Mexican sausage, rice, and refried beans. A full menu is available all day – and all night. This is one of the only places in town that’s open 24/7. Cash only. $ Santiago’s Bodega 207 Petronia St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-7691 www.santiagosbodega.com This tapas-style restaurant, a local favorite, is off the beaten path, deep in Bahama Village. Choose from more than 30 inventive tapas-style dishes, soups and salads, and don’t miss the hot rum-soaked bread pudding for dessert. Tables typically fill up quickly, so reservations are recommended. $$ Sarabeth’s 530 Simonton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-8181 www.sarabethskeywest.com Sarabeth’s is a popular brunch spot that focuses on classic upscale American cuisine. Dinner and lunch are also served, the highlight of which is the open-face tuna salad sandwich topped with chopped tomatoes, marinated in aged balsamic vinegar, extra virgin olive oil and basil, served on garlic-rubbed grilled sourdough. $$$ Schooner Wharf Bar 202 William St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 292-3302 www.schoonerwharf.com This open-air bar and restaurant is a slice of old, funky Key West that features breakfast, lunch and dinner served up with a unique blend of special events and great live music at the water’s edge. Conch fritters, smoked fish dip and chowders are on the menu, as well as a variety of soups, salads and sandwiches. $$ Seven Fish Restaurant 632 Olivia St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-2777 www.7fish.com This intimate seafood-centric restaurant is in a quiet Old Town neighborhood, blocks away from Duval Street. In addition to fresh fish offerings, the menu includes grilled banana chicken, New York strip steak, meatloaf with mashed potatoes, and scallops served over mashed potatoes, pea purée and spinach. $$$ Shanna Key Irish Pub & Grill 1900 Flagler Ave, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-8880 www.shannakeyirishpub.com Traditional Irish fare is the focus at Shanna Key, including corned beef and cabbage, shepherd’s pie and fish and chips. The pub also shows all the major European rugby and soccer matches, in addition to NFL games. Key West has one of largest bocce leagues in the United States, and Shanna Key is a popular post-game spot. $$ Shor American Seafood Grill Hyatt Key West Resort & Spa, 601 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 809-4000 www.keywest.hyatt.com Sit in the cool indoors or request a table on the patio for great views of Key West Harbor. While seafood is definitely the focus of the menu at Shor, the Wagyu tenderloin from Jackman Florida cattle ranch is also a highlight. $$$ Sippin’ Internet Cafe 424 Eaton St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-0555 www.sippinkeywest.com Sippin’ serves up hot breakfast sandwiches, baked goods, espresso, cappuccino, lattes, green tea and more, all with a side of free Wi-Fi. For a nominal fee, you can also use the scanner, fax, and copy machines, or just relax and enjoy a great cup of coffee, sandwich or dessert. $ Six-Toed Cat 823 Whitehead St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-3318 www.sixtoedcatkeywest.com Right next to the Hemingway House, this restaurant is named after a physical characteristic of the famous spot’s feline residents, descendants of Hemingway’s original six-toed cat. This Six-Toed Cat serves breakfast all day, as well as an assortment of hot, pressed sandwiches, wraps and salads. $ Sloppy Joe’s Bar 201 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-5717 www.sloppyjoes.com Sloppy Joe’s has been in the heart of Lower Duval Street since 1937, and it still serves ice-cold cocktails and piping-hot bar food to hungry patrons. Daily, live entertainment begins at noon. Try the sandwich that started it all, the Sloppy Joe: ground beef in a sweet tomato sauce topped with onions, peppers and spices, served on a roll. $ Southernmost Beach Café 1405 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 295-6550 www.southernmostbeachcafe.com At the Southernmost Beach Café, the view of the beach and the Atlantic Ocean is fabulous, and the food, specifically the local catch, only adds to the experience. The fresh catch is paired with seasonal rice and vegetables and can be roasted, blackened, grilled, macadamia-crusted or made in island coconut curry. $$$ Square One Restaurant 1075 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-4300 www.squareonekeywest.com The recently remodeled and reinvented Square One, under new ownership, is a hit with the locals. Highlights include small plates for sharing, such as the Shanghai-style fried calamari, shrimp and grits with caramelized corn butter, an artisanal meat and cheese plate and drunken mussels. $$$ The Stoned Crab Ibis Bay Beach Resort, 3101 N. Roosevelt Blvd. Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-4350 www.ibisbayresort.com The Stoned Crab restaurant offers fresh seafood, specializing in a Key West favorite: stone crab. Located on the bayside at Ibis Bay Beach Resort, the restaurant has two private fishing boats that deliver a daily catch of stone crab, lobster, Key West pink shrimp and a variety of local fish. $$$ Strip House The Reach Resort, 1435 Simonton St., Key West, FL, 33040 (305) 295-9669 www.striphousekeywest.com The Strip House, at The Reach Resort, serves up perfectly prepared prime cuts of steak along with fresh seafood. Dine on the outdoor terrace and admire the ocean view, or sit inside amid the collection of vintage Studio Manasse photographs from the 1900s. Leave room for the infamous 24-layer chocolate cake. $$$ Sun-Sun Casa Marina Resort, 1500 Reynolds St., Key West, FL 33040 (866) 397-6342 www.casamarinaresort.com/dining/Sun-Sun Dine amid sea breezes on the openair deck of the Sun-Sun, which serves up a taste of the sea along with an extraordinary ocean view. The meals range from traditional island conch chowder to grilled local fresh catch, garam masala-marinated chicken breast, grilled New York strip and Florida lobster. $$$ Tavern N Town Key West Marriott Beachside Hotel, 3841 N. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-3676 www.tavernntown.com Located at the Marriott Key West Beachside Hotel, Tavern N Town offers steakhouse favorites as well as fresh local seafood, salads, pasta, and pizza. Sit directly in front of the tapas theater kitchen to watch the chefs embellish menu items such as lobster, crab and Key West pink shrimp ravioli. $$$ Thai Island Restaurant 711 Eisenhower Drive, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-9189 www.thaiislandrestaurant.com Thai Island, at the foot of Palm Avenue Bridge overlooking Garrison Bight, serves authentic Thai cuisine. Start with the tom kha gai or tom kha tofu soup: coconut milk blended with chicken or tofu, mushrooms, lemon grass, scallions and galanga root. In addition to dishes including pad thai and red or green curry, sushi is also on offer. $$ Thai Life Floating Restaurant 1801 N. Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-9907 www.thailifekeywest.com This floating bistro docked at Garrison Bight has been serving authentic traditional Thai cuisine for the past six years. The chef owners grow their own Thai chilies, basil and lemon grass, which infuse high flavor into their dishes. Try the panang curry with tamarind, coconut milk and chicken, pork, beef or fish. $$ The Café 509 Southard St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-5515 www.thecafekw.com This mostly vegetarian and vegan restaurant serves great plant-based options such as Kung Pao tofu, organic white polenta cakes, and baked brownsugar acorn squash, in addition to the non-vegetarian blackened mahi, and mussels. The walls are filled with local art available for purchase. $$ Tong’s Garden 1458 Kennedy Drive, Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-0577 www.tongsgardenchineserestaurant.com Tong’s Garden is a bountiful, authentic Chinese restaurant with shareable portions and all the entrees you expect, like crab Rangoon, sweetand- sour soup, chicken egg foo young, vegetable chow mein, General Tso’s chicken, mu shu pork, crispy sesame shrimp and more. You can dine in or take out. $$ Turtle Kraals 231 Margaret St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-2640 www.turtlekraals.com Dine inside in the air-conditioned restaurant or upstairs on the Tower Bar deck, watching the sun set over the Key West Historic Seaport. Try one of the five wildly popular Key West ceviches prepared in the traditional Peruvian style, with citrus juice curing the fish, and chilies, herbs and vegetables enhancing it. $$$ Two Friends Patio Restaurant 512 Front St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 296-3124 www.twofriendskeywest.com For more than 45 years, Two Friends has been serving local seafood including shrimp, fish, lobster, oysters, conch and crab as well as chargrilled steaks and ribs. This lively bar and restaurant also features karaoke on some nights. Try the Key West pink shrimp scampi sautéed in garlic herb butter. $$$ Willie T’s 525 Duval St., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 294-7674 www.williets.com Dine outdoors at Willie T’s and enjoy a full bar, live entertainment, and a menu that features pasta, burgers, and pizza. Try the grilled thin-crust veggie pizza with portobello mushrooms, grilled red onions, sautéed spinach, roma tomato sauce and fontina cheese. $$ Wing Masters 934 Truman Ave., Key West, FL 33040 (305) 293-0750 www.keywestwingmasters.com There’s nothing pretentious about this eatery. The wings are served with your choice of numerous flavors including Buffalo, honey garlic, wasabi-ranch, chipotle and lemon-pepper. In addition to the wings, Wing Masters offers a variety of sandwiches, burgers, pizza, quesadillas and nachos. $$ LOWER AND MIDDLE KEYS Butterfly Cafe Tranquility Bay Resort, 2600 U.S. 1, Marathon, FL 33040 (305) 289-7177 www.tranquilitybay.com Dine outdoors on Butterfly Cafe’s covered patio, or inside in the impressive dining room with its soaring ceiling and casual,yet sophisticated, decor. The dinner menu features seafood-centric offerings such as conch chowder, lump crab cakes, panko-crusted Florida grouper and more. $$$ Fish Tales Market and Eatery 11711 U.S. 1, Marathon, FL 33050 (305) 743-9196 www.floridalobster.com Fish Tales is a family owned and run full-service restaurant, seafood and meat market. All the seafood in the market and restaurant is harvested right here in the Florida Keys. From fresh fish, stone crab, lobster and shrimp to hand-cut aged steaks, Fish Tales offers a full line of products. They can cook your catch or sell you theirs. $$ Geiger Key Marina Smokehouse Restaurant 5 Geiger Road, Geiger Key, FL 33040 (305) 294-1230 www.geigerkeymarina.com The Sunday feature at Geiger Smokehouse is the barbecue dinner, which begins at 4 p.m. The bar and deck are the perfect spot to watch the sunset, right next to the mangroves. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served daily. The Smokehouse also features great-tasting burgers and fish tacos. $$ Hideaway Café at Rainbow Bend Resort 57784 U.S. 1, Grassy Key, FL 33050 (305) 289-1554 www.hideawaycafe.com If you’re looking for picturesque oceanfront dining, the Hideaway is the place to go. French-inspired cuisine coupled with a breathtaking view is served up daily in the casual atmosphere of the restaurant. Try the catch of the day served blackened, au poivre, Francese or lightly breaded with lemon butter sauce. $$$ Juice Paradise Cuban Café 2603 U.S. 1, Marathon, FL 33050 (305) 735-4051 Authentic Cuban food, as well as sandwiches, and tropical juices, make Juice Paradise a great place for breakfast and lunch. The tortillas are freshly cooked with crunchy vegetables and savory cheese. The toasted Cuban bread and butter go well with one of the best cups of café con leche in the Keys. $$ Kaya Island Eats 3100 U.S. 1, Saddlebunch Keys, FL 33040 (305) 896-2450 www.kayaislandeats.com Kaya Island Eats is 14.5 miles east of Key West in the Saddlebunch Keys. Key Westers have been known to make the trek for the Caribbean and Asianfusion cuisine. Request a table by the window and enjoy the waterfront view as you dine on fresh fish, pasta, steak, flatbreads, carpaccio and more. Kaya is also vegan-friendly. $$ Keys Fisheries Market & Marina 3502 Gulfview Ave., Marathon, FL 33040 (866) 743-4353 www.keysfisheries.com For many Key Westers, a trip to the mainland is also a reason to stop at this seafood restaurant, where you order at the window and watch the commercial fishing fleet while you eat on the dock. The lobster reuben is justifiably famous; their smoked fish dip is also without parallel. $$ Plaza Grill 5101 U.S. 1, Marathon, FL 33050 (305) 743-7874 www.plazagrillflkeys.com The menu at Plaza Grill showcases steakhouse favorites and daily creative preparations of local seafood, such as the catch of the day and Florida Keys lobster, as well as grilled steaks, fresh, seasonal salads and more. Try the bouillabaisse: shrimp, scallops, mussels, calamari, clams and fresh herbs in a saffron broth. $$$ Porky’s Bayside Restaurant and Marina 1410 U.S. 1, Marathon, FL 33050 (305) 289-2065 www.porkysbaysidebbq.com Porky’s is known for its good food and friendly service. There’s live music every night, happy hour food and drink specials, as well as dinner specials, every day. Locals head to Porky’s for the smokehouse barbecue and the beef brisket, pulled pork and hickorysmoked chicken. $$ Square Grouper Bar & Grill 22658 U.S. 1, Cudjoe Key, FL 33042 (305) 745-8880 www.squaregrouperbarandgrill.com This environmentally friendly restaurant features a large selection of innovative small plates, such as seared scallops, wild mushroom ravioli, flash-fried conch, and burrata caprese. Square Grouper also offers seasonal specials, homemade desserts, a boutique wine list and microbrews. $$$ UPPER KEYS Fish House Restaurant & Seafood Market 102401 U.S. 1, Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 451-4665 www.fishhouse.com The Fish House specializes in fresh local seafood, including yellowtail snapper, mahi-mahi, grouper, Florida lobster and stone crab served in a fun, friendly and casual atmosphere. The smoked fish is made right on the premises. Start with one of the homemade chowders. $$$ Fish House Encore 102341 U.S. 1, Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 451-0650 www.fishhouse.com Encore is an extension of the Fish House, serving the same fresh seafood but adding a selection of premium meats, exciting specials, sushi menu and live music. Try one of the signature infusion martinis, and save room for the white chocolate baby grand piano dessert. $$$ Island Grill 85501 U.S. 1, Islamorada, FL 33036 (305) 664-8400 Island Grill at Mandalay 80 E. Second St., Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 852-0595 www.keysislandgrill.com Ask for a table out on the dock area of the Islamorada Island Grill at the south end of Snake Creek Bridge. Three bars and indoor/outdoor dining allow for great views of the Atlantic. Try the original tuna nachos, shrimp Thai rolls or the spicy tuna roll. Expect the same great food at the Mandalay location, as well as ocean views and live music nightly. $$ Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen 99336 U.S. 1, Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 451-3722 www.mrsmacskitchen.com Mrs. Mac’s has been serving up comfort food in the Keys since 1976. Antique license plates bedeck the walls and even the hanging lamps, contributing to the eclectic tropical decor. The hearty housemade soups, salads and seafood dishes keep the locals coming back, but it’s the Key lime pie they really rave about. $$ Snapper’s Waterfront Restaurant 139 Seaside Ave., Key Largo, FL 33037 (305) 852-5956 www.snapperskeylargo .com Enjoy Snapper’s contemporary American cuisine al fresco on the deck overlooking the marina. There’s live music nightly and lots of fresh seafood on the menu. Don’t miss the delicious Uncle Wesley’s smoked fish spread, served with sesame flat-bread, crackers and pepperoncini. $$$
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