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EAT&DRINK RESTAURANTS, BARS Simonton St.; (305) 296-4900; Duffy’s Steak & Lobster House maintains its tradition of casual dining at affordable prices. The menu favorites are 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.; (305) 295-3474; Eaton Street Seafood Market serves fresh seafood caught by local fishermen. There are a few small tables at which you can enjoy some smoked fish dip or, a favorite, the shrimp salad sandwich, served on a croissant with spring greens and tomato. The market also ships fresh seafood right to your door. $$

El Meson de Pepe Restaurant & Bar,

Cuban, 410 Wall St.; (305) 295-2620; El Meson de Pepe 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 Mocho, Cuban, 5708 Maloney Ave.;

(305) 296-7490; Located on Stock Island, El Mocho serves traditional Cuban food. The extensive menu includes Cuban sandwiches, breakfast, platters, and, of course, café con leche. $

El Siboney Restaurant , Cuban, 900

Catherine St.; (305) 296-4184; El Siboney is one of the island’s best 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. $$

Falafel King , Middle Eastern, 110 Fitzpatrick St.; (305) 292-0097 At Falafel King you can find a variety of traditional Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel, shawarma, kabob and hummus made fresh and served as a sandwich or platter. $ Fernandy’s Café, Mexican, Cuban, 1110 White St.; (305) 295-0159; A great place to start your day off like a local by grabbing a hot café con leche, or stop by later for their dinner selections such as the Vaca Frita (fried, shredded beef and sautéed onions with rice and beans) or blackened mahi mahi as well as weekly specials. From the sandwich menu, try a classic Cuban mix, or the Alambre Chihuahua: pastor pork, tomato, onions and green peppers, with rice cooked with black beans. Local delivery available. $$ Firefly Key West , Southern, 223

Petronia St.; (305) 849-0104; Firefly serves Southern fare using a mixture of traditional and modern techniques to

create new versions of classic familiar dishes. Try the deviled eggs with bread and butter pickles followed by the buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes, gravy and charred corn on the cob. $$$

First Flight Island Restaurant and Brewery, seafood, burgers, Italian,

301 Whitehead St.; (305) 293-8484; This new restaurant occupies the space of the former Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery. The beer is still freshly brewed, but now the food is gastropub seafood with garden dining. Enjoy the Whitehead Street location—the former Key West headquarters of Pan American World Airways, which first flew from Key West to Cuba. Though Pan American is now gone, you can toast the first flights from Key West to Cuba at First Flight Restaurant & Brewery. $$

Fisherman’s Café Key West, burgers,

seafood, 205 Elizabeth St., Unit D; (305) 741-7044; fishermanscafekeywest. com Expect fresh, just-caught seafood, and tasty made-to-order specialties at this café. Try something traditional, such as the Bahamian cracked conch sandwich with papaya-citrus slaw and chipotle Thousand Island dressing. $

Five Guys Burgers and Fries, 500

Truman Ave.; (305) 296-2177, and 2814 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 7354938; Five Guys Burgers and Fries claims there are more than 250,000 possible ways to order one of its burgers. Yes, the options are plentiful, and the burgers are made with fresh, never-frozen ground beef, while the fries are cooked in no-cholesterol peanut oil. There are also hot dogs and veggie sandwiches. $

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. , Caribbean, New American, seafood, 1100 Packer St.; (305) 295-7970; theflamingbuoy. com This restaurant and wine bar serves inventive contemporary menu options such as barbecued Danish baby back ribs, which are spicerubbed and slow-baked, then finished on the grill with a jalapeño barbecue sauce and served with sweet-andspicy Szechuan green beans and macaroni and cheese. $$$ Fogarty’s Restaurant , burgers, seafood, traditional American, 227 Duval St.; (305) 294-7525; fogartysofkeywest. com Fogarty’s is a great spot on Duval Street to people-watch as you dine. Try the shrimp and bacon club with grilled Gulf shrimp, smoked bacon, Swiss cheese, lettuce, tomato and tomato-basil dressing on whole-grain $$ bread served with fries.

Frenchie’s Café, bakery, French,

sandwiches, 529 United St.; (305) 396-7124; Stop in for a cappuccino with a homemade croissant or pastry, or choose from a wide variety of sandwiches and salads. Frenchie’s also has a daily quiche selection and two hot sandwiches, the Croque Monsieur and the Croque Madame. $$

Frita’s Cuban Burger Café, 425

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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...