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The Blind Pig , Caribbean-Cuban food truck, 3824 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 394-7427; This permanently situated food truck is by the Gates Hotel’s Rum Row bar. Start the day with hearty items such as Cuban-inspired breakfast sandwiches, fresh fruits and omelets. For lunch and dinner, expect different tacos and ceviches daily, made with fresh local fish, as well as hearty sandwiches and arepas, and “Irresistible Snacks,” including truffle popcorn and housemade chips. $ Bliss, Columbian, 411 Petronia St.;

(305) 240-1281; Bliss focuses on high-quality, fresh ingredients cooked to order and Colombian family recipes. Among local favorites is the Parmesan cheese and herb-encrusted yellowtail snapper fillet, served over white rice with beurre blanc sauce and capers—it pairs nicely with a glass of the housemade sangria. $$

Blue Heaven , Floribbean, 729 Thomas St.; (305) 296-8666; blueheavenkw. com In historic Bahama Village, Blue Heaven is one of the more casual Key West restaurants, with live entertainment and American, Caribbean and vegetarian cuisine. Try the popular Key lime pie (Kenny $$$ Chesney is a fan). The Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar,

Caribbean, 804 Whitehead St.; (305) 440-3196; Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar provides a Caribbean atmosphere, island drinks, local cuisine and live music in historic Bahama Village. For breakfast, try the Blue Beni, eggs Benedict served on a mini-waffle with pulled pork and hollandaise sauce. For lunch or dinner, try the fish tacos, stuffed with the daily selection—broiled, blackened or fried—and served with oil-and-vinegar slaw, guacamole and $$ roasted tomato salsa.

B.O.’s Fishwagon, burgers, seafood,

801 Caroline St.; (305) 294-9272; Home of the “Square Grouper Sandwich,” B.O.’s Fishwagon is a slice of old Key West. Stop by Friday nights for great live music and try the fried cracked conch, shrimp or fish-ofthe-day sandwich. Try a fried seafood platter, served with black beans and rice, salad and hand-cut fries. $$

The Café, seafood, vegan, vegetarian, 509 Southard St.; (305) 296-5515; The Café is a “mostly vegetarian” restaurant that also has a variety of vegan and gluten-free items, in addition to beer and wine. Key Westers love the veggie burger, housemade with legumes, carrots, broccoli, mushrooms, scallions and sunflower seeds. $$

Café Marquesa , New American,

seafood, Marquesa Hotel, 600 Fleming St.; (305) 292-1244; Café Marquesa has 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 a blue-cheese crust, served with asparagus, brandy horseradish sauce $$$ and Boursin mashed potatoes.

Café Solé, Caribbean, French,

seafood, 1029 Southard St.; (305) 294-0230; 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 redpepper and hazelnut sauce, garlic and tomatoes. $$$

Camille’s Restaurant , New American,

1202 Simonton St.; (305) 296-4811 This funky restaurant has been a local staple for more than 20 years, serving up favorites such as the build-yourown omelet, the BLTA (bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado sandwich), and macadamia-nut crusted yellowtail snapper with diced tomatoes, caramelized Vidalia onions, coconut milk, ginger and Key lime chardonnay $$ sauce.

Caroline’s Café, sandwiches, traditional American, 310 Duval St.; (305) 294-7511; carolinescafe. com Caroline’s is a casual outdoor bar and restaurant right on Duval Street that serves decidedly American cuisine, including fresh salads, pasta dishes and sandwiches. Try the grilled marinated portobello mushroom sandwich served with provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, garlic $$ mayonnaise and fries. Charlie Mac’s, barbecue, 404 Southard St.; (305) 320-0204; charliemacs404. com Next door to the world-famous

Green Parrot Bar, Charlie Mac’s serves barbecue: smoked ribs inspired by the sizzling pits of South Carolina, plus chicken and brisket, along with craft beer. Try the fried pickles to start, followed by the dry-rubbed, slowsmoked, chopped barbecued pork platter served with coleslaw, cornbread and a choice of two sides. $$

Chico’s Cantina, Mexican, seafood,

5230 U.S. 1, Stock Island; (305) 296-4714; This Stock Island favorite cooks authentic Mexican cuisine, with lots of choices for tacos, burritos, enchiladas and fajitas. Try the fish adobado: fresh local catch marinated in red chili purée and seasoned with garlic, herbs and spices, wrapped in corn husks and grilled over an open fire. $$

China Garden West Downtown ,

531 Fleming St.; (305) 296-6177; The Cheng family has been serving traditional Chinese cuisine, such as chicken chow mein, General Tso’s chicken, sweetand-sour pork, moo shu vegetables, curry shrimp and vegetable lo mein, in Key West for more than 25 years. The portions are large enough to share and they're always open during the holidays. $

The Club at Key West Harbour, Caribbean-Cuban, 6000 Peninsula Ave., Stock Island; (305) 292-3121; The Club at Key West Harbour provides Cubanand Caribbean-inspired cuisine accompanied by incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean. Try the fresh catch, served blackened, broiled, grilled or $$$ fried. Cole’s Peace Artisan Bakery and Deli, 1111 Eaton St.; (305) 292-0703; colespeace. com Baguette, ciabatta, sourdough, multigrain, cinnamon raisin and olive breads, among others, are fresh and made on the premises. For lunch, order a classic egg salad sandwich on your choice of bread, or one of the daily specials, such as the house-smoked brisket with pickled onions and barbecue sauce on whole-grain bread. $

Coffee Shops Need nothing but coffee? Go here for your espresso, cappucchino, doppio, macchiatto—you name it. KEY WEST Coffee Plantation, 713 Caroline

St.; (305) 295-9808; Owners Diane and Theo Glorie have served fresh brew in Key West for more than 15 years. They call their Internet café the unofficial “town hall,” and on any given day you can find Key Westers holding meetings, on their laptops or chatting with friends. It’s also decorated with vibrant local art.

Cuban Coffee Queen, café,

sandwiches, 284 Margaret St.; (305) 292-4747 and 5Key Lime Square; (305) 294-7787c ubancoffeequeen. com The café con leche goes perfectly with the Key Wester breakfast sandwich. And there’s more here than just coffee: Cuban Coffee Queen also mixes up a variety of fruit smoothies with natural additions such as soy milk, Echinacea, ginseng, ginger and more. $

The Commodore’s Boathouse Bar & Grill, seafood, traditional American,

700 Front St.; (305) 294-9191; Request a table by the window for fine dining with great views of Key West Bight. The Commodore serves select seafood and steak dishes as well as an extensive wine menu. Try the mahi-mahi sautéed with mushrooms, tomatoes, capers and lemon in a white wine sauce, served $$$ with roasted red potatoes.

The Conch Flyer, traditional American, 3495 S. Roosevelt Blvd., Key West International Airport; (305) 296-6333; In the main terminal of the Key West airport, The Conch Flyer has sit-down dining before security and deli fare after. With a full bar in both spots, the Conch Flyer is a great place to get your $$ last cocktail in Key West. Conch Republic Seafood Company, Caribbean, 631 Greene St.; (305) 2944403; The busy Conch Republic is a huge openair, harbor-front restaurant and bar with live music many nights and a latenight menu available after 10 p.m. Try the catch-of-the-day sandwich: fresh fish served seared, fried or blackened on Cuban bread along with shredded lettuce, diced tomatoes and fries. $$ Conch Shack on Duval, burgers, seafood, 118 Duval St.; (305) 295-2494; The Conch Shack has a few chairs for eating streetside and serves overloaded lobster rolls, fish and chips, hand-cut fries, hot dogs, burgers and, of course, conch fritters. Ice-cold beer is also on tap, as are a host of smoothies made with alcohol. $$

Croissants de France & Le Bistro,

bakery, French, 816 Duval St., Key West, (305) 294-2624 and 5620 MacDonald Ave., Stock Island, (305) 916-5669; This unique establishment has a gardenstyle patio restaurant, Le Bistro, and serves crêpes, salads, sandwiches, quiches and omelets. The bakery,

Starbucks, 430 Duval St.;

(305) 296-2921, 431 Front St.; (305) 906-2061, 2500 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 900-8436; It’s Starbucks. What can we say? You know it already.

LOWER / MIDDLE KEYS Baby’s Coffee, 3180 U.S. 1,

Saddlebunch Keys; (305) 7449866; Baby’s is all about good coffee. The owners roast 100 percent premium, high mountain Arabica coffee beans, and use the nonchemical Swiss water process for decaf.

Island Coffee House, 24437 U.S. 1, Summerland Key; (305) 394-5875; http:// site. Open 7 days a week, serving Espresso, Cuban and American coffees, as well asice cream treats, including sundaes,malts, frappes and banana splits. Don’t miss the unique boutique next door.


is a classic bistro that serves breakfast (all day), lunch and dinner. Breakfast highlights include the smoked salmon omelet served with goat cheese, sautéed onions and truffle oil, and lots of eggs Benedict options. A variety of wines by the glass and bottle are also available, as well as imported and domestic beer. $$$

Keys News and Coffee, 2960

U.S. 1, Marathon; (305) 9984672; This newsstand, coffee bar and gift shop is in the heart of the Florida Keys. It’s got custom-roasted brewed, iced and frozen coffee, with Torani-brand flavored syrups available, as well as tea, smoothies and pastries. The gift shop includes ceramics by local artists; the newsstand offers more than 500 magazines and newspapers.

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Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...

Key West Magazine Spring/Summer 2019 Issue  

Here's 565 Reasons You’ll Love It Here in Key West, including in-depth listings and reviews of our 31 Beaches, 296 Bars Cafés and Restauran...