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EAT&DRINK RESTAURANTS Mr. Z’s, pizza, sandwiches, 501 Southard St.; (305) 296-4445, and 2798 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 296-5306; Attention, hungry insomniacs: This is your place! Pizza, grinders, stromboli, hoagies and cheesesteaks are available Winter 2016 daily until 4 a.m. on Southard Street. 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. $

New York Pasta Garden , Italian, pizza, sandwiches, 1075 Duval St.; (305) 292-1991; newyorkpastagarden. com For 25 years, New York Pasta Garden has served pizza, seafood and pasta. Try the battered artichoke fritters served over mixed greens, with a lemon, tarragon, white wine and butter sauce. Next the penne alla vodka: prosciutto sautéed with basil, garlic and vodka-tomato cream sauce. $$

American, 915 Duval St.; (305) 2960669; Dine al fresco with ample views of Duval Street on the elegant Victorian-style patio, sit indoors on the first floor amid eclectic artwork, or head upstairs to Point5 on the second-floor balcony. Point5 serves light bites and craft cocktails, while nine one five serves contemporary American cuisine $$$ infused with global flavors.

Nine one five and Point5, New

Southwestern, 609 Duval St.; (305)

Old Town Mexican Café, Mexican,

Ice Cream Dreams

Here are all the ice-cream specialty shops you need to know about. KEY WEST 2 Scoops, 2814 N. Roosevelt Blvd.,

Winn-Dixie plaza; (305) 735-4433; This ice cream parlor and Internet café makes premium ice cream, cupcakes, smoothies, milkshakes and coffee drinks. You can also place a special order and even plan to have a birthday party there.

Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin' Donuts, 3124 N. Roosevelt Blvd.; (305) 290-2459; These classic sweet shop companies, which merged, are merged physically, too, tucked away in a business duplex near Searstown. Boardwalk Frozen Custard, 335 Duval St,

(305) 849-2109; This frozen custard shop

offers other cold treats. Also serving hot and cold coffees, espressos and affogato: a dish of their custard with a shot of espresso poured over it. 1,000 flavors.

Carpe Diem Ice Cream, 300 Front St.; (305) 504-4469; Seize the day and some ice cream at this sweet shop right in the heart of downtown— where you need something cool and delicious away from the

hot tourist mecca outside. It’s also got cookies, cupcakes, shakes, coffee and other beverages. Grab a treat and cool off at one of the inside tables.

Conch Tour Train Ice Cream Gift Shop, 501

Front St.;; (305) 293-7250; It’s a train-stop shop, but everyone’s welcome to visit and choose from some 15 flavors of ice cream, fudge and various snacks and beverages. Souvenirs galore for sale!

Dairy Queen Store, 1207 United St.; (305) 293-3737; Soft-serve ice cream and signature shakes (Blizzards!) top the menu at this classic chain. Flamingo Crossing, 1105 Duval St.; (305)

296-6124; Flamingo Crossing is famous for people-watching views and its housemade ice cream and gelato, with classic to original tropical flavors made with real fruit. Try the guava, mango, papaya or soursop (guanabana); the piña colada and rum runner are made with real alcohol. Be warned: It’s cash only.

Häagen-Dazs, 425 Front St.; (305)

296-2290, and 625 Duval St.; (305) 294-3378; www.haag This counter-service chain has scoops of ice cream and sorbet plus sundaes, shakes and smoothies.

Key West Polar Bear Homemade, 247 Front

St., (305) 293-9966 Ice cream, frozen yogurt, smoothies, shakes and other treats, including chocolate-dipped Key lime pie on a stick. Try their Key lime float or a fountain soda.

Kilwin’s, 505 Duval St.; (305) 320-

0986 ; The old-fashioned confectionary chain sells ice cream, chocolate, handmade sweets and gift baskets.

Mattheessen’s Ice Cream Parlor, 106 and 419 Duval St.; (305) 923-5418 and 296-8014; This hometown favorite has 23 small-batch, housemade flavors, including Kahlua almond fudge, Cuban coffee and toasted coconut. Marble slab fudge and gigantic cookies also will call to you. Guess what? You can get a Key lime pie there, too. All at two prime Duval Street locations. Sweets of Paradise, 291 Front St.;

(305) 296-1611; Sweets of Paradise confectionery shop, in Clinton Square Market, serves housemade ice cream as well as fudge, cookies, coffee and— surprise!—Key lime pie. It also will bake your cookies to order.

TruVal Ice Cream and Treats, 500 Truman Ave.; (630) 217-9476; There are 28 different flavors at this colorful open-air parlor, named for its key location at Truman Avenue and Duval Street. Watch the world go by while trying to keep up

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with your ice cream’s melting point.

LOWER & MIDDLE KEYS Cone Republic, 30770 U.S. 1, Big Pine Key;

(305) 879-1576; Try “A Scoop of Paradise” from this artisanal ice cream truck, serving Florida Keys–inspired flavors with tropical fruit toppings on waffle cones made from scratch. Be sure to try their Cuban Coffee, Toasted Coconut Cream or Purple Haze flavors, as well as the Fentimans “botanically brewed” sodas or the iced cold brew coffee they also offer.

Island Time Diner, 5187 U.S. 1, Marathon; (305) 204-4825; Serving ice cream cones, shakes, malts and specialty sundaes, all handmade in small batches, and available as cones, shakes or malts or in one of their fabulous (and huge!) specialty sundaes. Try their unusual flavors, including guava cheesecake or dulce de leche. The waffle cones are made in house as well. Consider the variety of lunch items including sandwiches and sides, plus sack lunches to go. Sweet Savannah’s, 8919 U.S. 1, Marathon; (305) 743-3131; sweetsavannahs. com Sweet Savannah serves 24 ice cream flavors—including gluten, dairy and sugar-free options. Have a shake, malt or float, or a housemade cookie bowl. Specialty sundaes include chocolate piña colada and Mint Mania. UPPER & MIDDLE KEYS Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie Factory, 92220

U.S. 1, Tavernier; (305) 922-2400; Awarded best Key lime pie in Florida eight years running by Florida Monthly magazine.

Charli’s Shave Ice, 77522 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 304-3852; This tiki-type shaved-ice truck also serves ice cream. The syrups are made with 100 percent cane sugar, the owners say. Cool down with a treat after you feed the tarpon! Mrs. G’s Ice Cream, 82205 U.S. 1,

Islamorada; (305) 304-1776; Grab a cone with an oversized scoop of vanilla black cherry, cappuccino flake or another yummy flavor at this cash-only ice cream parlor. Get an authentic Cuban coffee, too. Cash only.

Sub-Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt, 82685 U.S. 1, Islamorada; (305) 664-2740; and Key Largo, 99625 U.S. 1, (305) 9984103; Customize your dessert by picking full-fat, lowfat, sugar-free, lactose-free, vegan, soy and yogurt options, mix and match from 30 toppings and then watch it be flash-frozen.

296-7500; The salsa at the Old Town Mexican Café is a Key West must-have. It is so good, in fact, that local grocery store Fausto’s sells it by the tub. Servers 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 chili aioli. $$

One Duval , New American, Pier House Resort & Spa, 1 Duval St.; (305) 296-4600; Be sure to indulge in a culinary treat at our signature restaurant, One Duval. Featuring fresh, organic, local and farm-raised fare, reflects Chef Maria's inspired vision for a culinary adventure with waterfront views. Tucked into an intimate space overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Mexico, diners of One Duval can experience an exquisitely designed menu reflecting fresh flavors of the $$$ season. Onlywood Pizzeria Trattoria , Italian, pizza, 613 (rear) Duval St.; (305) 735-4412 ; The owners of Onlywood grew up in a small village in Napoletana, Italy, and learned how to make pizza from a founder of the Italian Associazione Napoletana Pizzaoli. Try the Kesté pizza with San Marzano tomato sauce, topped with homemade mozzarella, prosciutto di Parma, arugula and shaved Parmesan cheese. $$ Origami Japanese Restaurant , 1075 Duval St.; (305) 294-0092; At Origami, you’ll find traditional Japanese cuisine including sushi, teriyaki, tataki and tempura dishes. Dine indoors surrounded by contemporary art or outdoors in the lush courtyard. Sushi lovers should try the Brian salad: an assortment of sashimi, miso dressing and ponzu sauce atop mixed greens. $$ Original Sandy’s Café Cuban, At M &

M Laundry, 1026 White St.; (305) 296-4747; Open for over three decades, under the same family, Sandy’s is a Key West tradition. Stop in for quality Cuban cuisine, like the “original” Cuban sandwich and great Cuban coffee, including cortadito and con leche. Open daily, also serving breakfast. Takeout available, as is delivery service within Old Town. $$

Overseas Pub & Grill, American, chicken, ribs, burgers, 3574 U.S. 1, Marathon; (305) 290-4666; First opened in 1937, this local watering hole reopened after renovation in 2016. Owners Tim and Kathy O’Connell hail from Buffalo, New York, and serve authentic Buffalo wings, Sahlen’s Buffalo hot dogs and soft-serve ice cream (rare in the Keys). Overseas features a custom beer-chilling system for “the coldest beer in town,” at 32 degrees. $$ Palm Haven Restaurant , Latin American, seafood, tapas, DoubleTree Resort by Hilton Hotel Grand Key,

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