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EAT&DRINK RESTAURANTS Croissants de France, bakes freshly baked tarts, croissants, pies and cakes. They create and deliver wedding and specialty cakes from Key West to Islamorada. $$

Duval Street is a café inside a store, The Green Pineapple. $$

De Luna’s Café, Cuban, Latin American, 5790 Maloney Ave.; (305) 453-6654 Open for breakfast and lunch, De Luna’s specializes in genuine Cuban and Latin American food. $

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

D.J.’s Clam Shack, sandwiches, seafood, 629 Duval St.; (305) 294-0102; Recently featured on the Food Network, D.J.’s Clam Shack serves traditional Northern and Southern American seafood. Favorites include the overstuffed Maine lobster roll, cracked conch tacos, New England clam chowder, and golden-fried clam strips served with fries or coleslaw. $$

Dante’s Key West , traditional American, 951 Caroline St.; (305) 293-5123; 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 part of a hotel. It has a wide selection of fresh, locally sourced seafood, which includes smoked fish dip, conch fritters, crabstuffed shrimp, she-crab soup, and steamed oysters, clams and shrimp, $$ among many other options.

Dolphin Deli, 5600 Maloney Ave., Stock Island; (305) 293-0707; 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 on its extensive menu. Try the island meltdown sandwich: cheddar, Swiss and provolone cheeses with marinated tomatoes on grilled sourdough. $

Date & Thyme, juice bar, sandwiches,

Classic meets tropical, and it's always satisfying—that's Martin's Key West.

Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House, 1007

Vegetarian & Vegan Restaurants These eateries are either 100 percent vegetarian/vegan or have dedicated menus for plant-eaters. Eat your artichoke heart out. KEY WEST

smoothie to go with it. That’s got kale, pineapple, mango, banana, coconut oil, chia seeds, whey protein and coconut milk in it. Fresh-squeezed juices include the “Pink Lady,” an apple, cucumber and beet concoction. They also have salads, a full coffee bar and sweet healthy treats.

The Café, 509 Southard St.;

(305) 296-5515; thecafekw. com The Café bills itself a “mostly vegetarian” restaurant. Try the Kung Pao tofu; it’s served on organic brown rice with housemade spicy teriyaki sauce. Or, our favorite, the curried butternut squash, with curried organic red and white quinoa, Brussels sprouts, carrots, onion and coconut milk, served with sautéed spinach. The weekend brunch menu proclaims “grass-fed tofu.” What’s better than that? All food is made to order, from scratch. Eat in, take out or have them deliver your meal, no extra charge.

Date & Thyme, 829 Fleming St, (305) 296-7766; 1130 Duval St.; (305) 587-7475;

The Cafe’s veggie burger You can find great vegan and vegetarian food at both locations. Try the Buddha bowl: brown rice or quinoa with mixed vegetables, chickpeas, cultured vegetables (oh là là!) and lemon tahini dressing. Get a green warrior

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Duetto Pizza and Gelato, Italian, 540 Greene St.; (305) 848-4981; duettopizza. com Duetto serves a variety of pizza, along with a dozen different types of gelato. Try the quattro formaggi pizza baked with tomato sauce, provolone, Italian mozzarella, Gorgonzola and Swiss cheese. There’s also grilled ciabatta, wraps and focaccia sandwiches, as well as coffee, smoothies and shakes. $$

Sugar Apple Café, 917 Simonton St.; (305) 2920043; sugarapplekeywest. com The Sugar Apple Café, a small side room through an ordinary doorway in the Sugar Apple health food store, pulls no punches. “This is a vegan café,” the sign states: no animal products, no preservatives and no GMOs. They make everything by hand while you watch. It’s got daily specials on fresh juices, salads and more. The Peaceful

Tempeh is popular: It’s tempeh, avocado and cranberry sauce on multigrain bread with soy mayo, mixed greens and fresh veggies. The kids will probably like the organic peanut butter and jelly on whole grain bread. There’s also Lloyd’s famous eggless egg salad! And you stand a good chance of meeting Lloyd there, too.

LOWER/MIDDLE KEYS Good Food Conspiracy, 30150 U.S.

1, Big Pine Key; (305) 872-3945; This juice bar and deli serves fresh food in a friendly atmosphere. There are vegetarian and vegan sandwiches, salads and soups, wheat grass, vegetable juices and fruit smoothies. Try some of the baked and raw desserts while relaxing in the back garden. Or pull up a barstool to the small, square center café and checkout area. We guarantee you’ll make some healthy friendships.

Food for Thought Organic Café,

5800 U.S. 1, Marathon; (305) 743-3297; foodforthoughtflkeys. com Stop in the heart of the

Keys for breakfast and lunch at the Food for Thought Organic Café, which makes a variety of vegan and gluten-free dishes. Try a salad, wrap, gluten-free baked good or snack. Get a smoothie, specialty shot, juice or espresso to wash it down. Vegetarians who eat eggs (ovo-lacto) will devour the Mostly Green frittata, with eggs, sautéed spinach, zucchini noodles, tomato, cashew sour cream and chipotle mayo.

UPPER KEYS Ballyhoo’s, 97860 U.S. 1, Key Largo; (305) 852-0822; Ballyhoo’s is not strictly vegetarian, vegan or organic, but the seafood grill does have entire vegetarian and glutenfree menus. And they make it all from scratch. We love the house vegetable curry, a yellow curry with fresh vegetables, bananas, pineapple, coconut milk and ginger, served in a red bell pepper with white rice and topped with almonds, coconut, raisins and housemade mango chutney. The mango brulée dessert is to die for.


vegan, vegetarian, 829 Fleming St. and 1130 Duval St.; (305) 296-7766; Date & Thyme is a café, juice bar and market all in one. The café serves organic sandwiches, wraps and salads; the juice bar uses fresh, ripe organic fruits and vegetables in its juices and smoothies. The market sells organic foods, books, as well as beauty care and household items. The new, second location on

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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...