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Key West - Blue Heaven vs 7 Fish - how to decide?

Only 1 night in KW - can't decide between Blue Heaven & Seven Fish. Persuade me one way or the other. Plan to be there Wed. Price not an issue. Local flabor & quality of food definitley are factors.

Will be eating lots of variety in Miami (Cacao, Jaguar, Orantique, Tap Tap and Alta Mar on my hit list thanks to all the CH recs) so something a little different would be great.

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  1. I vote for Blue Heaven...I did not like the antiseptic atmosphere, or the cold reception of 7 Fish.
    We also loved Alice's, and Michael's. Blue Heaven, although we did enjoy our dinner there, is more known for barefoot breakfast in the sand than dinner.

    1. Neither. If you have only one night I would go with Michaels, Alices, A&B Lobster House, Alonzo's, or the Half Shell Raw Bar.

      1. All of Suzie's suggestions are valid. If you're dead set on either 7 Fish or Blue Heaven, however, it's a tough call. Lately I think the food at 7 Fish has been better than Blue Heaven, but there's really no replicating the atmosphere at the latter. Maybe have dinner at 7 Fish and then go over to Blue Heaven for a drink at their bar outside or a Banana Heaven for dessert. They're only a few blocks away from each other.

        1. I agree w/ Nick. He has a good idea if you are set with your choices. I would add to it to start with cocktails on The Afterdeck @ Louie's Backyard.

          1. Reading these posts makes me now ask your advice. We will be in KEy WEst next weekend & will be going for 3 dinners. We have reservations at Antonias, Louies Backyard & we were going to go to 7 Fish. Feedback chowhounders, please? Should we consider other restaurants?

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            1. re: synergy

              I would skip Louie's. You do not find too many locals that go there for dinner anymore. Do that for lunch one day. Get an outside reservation on the deck of A&B Lobster for dinner instead. 7 Fish and Antonia's are still favorites of the locals. Michaels and Alice's would also be good choices.

              1. re: Suzie

                Another hot spot is Santiago's Bodega. Its a tiny little spot located in Bahama Village. Its all hot and cold tapas. Very, very cool.

            2. It depends. If you want a great wine list, go to Mangia Mangia and ask for the reserver list. I'd go to Blue Heaven for breakfast or lunch, that way you get the atmosphere and still get to go to the other places for dinner.

              For a cheap meal, try El Siboney at 900 Catherine St. Down home Cuban cooking. No wine to speak of (Sangria and table wine) but the food was good, cheap, and plentiful.

              The Banana Cafe has good food and great local jazz on Thursday nights.

              7 Fish does permit corkage if you are one of us who takes good wine with you when you travel.

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              1. re: dinwiddie

                Mangia's wine list has gone a little down hill since Elliott sold the business. The food is still very good but not worth it for a "special night out"

                1. re: Suzie

                  Darn. Sorry to hear that. It was such a wonderful list and so well priced.

              2. BLUE HEAVEN!

                THERE ARE NO EQUALS IN THE CONCH REPUBLIC...PERIOD(.)

                1. Dear jcanncuk on Nov 24, 2006: If local flavor and great food is what you seek, then "BLUE HEAVEN" should be your choice if you must choose! It's great food, full of local ambience with chickens all over, and has a tropical flare you wont find elsewhere in Key West, or not as heavy!
                  "Chow down chow hound!"

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                  1. re: aps_tampa

                    I think the city got rid of the chickens-all else is the same.

                    1. re: netmover

                      Chickens are still in KW and still a bother.

                      1. re: Suzie

                        they never bothered me! They must have brought them back....I had heard they were going to...I applaud that decision, if they in fact did. They give a local flare found no where else.

                        Viva los pollos locos!

                        1. re: netmover

                          They were not brought back. Any attemps to remove them have failed.