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Dec 5, 2006 04:44 PM

Key West

I'm taking my husband to Key West for his birthday in February. We'll be there four days and would like some recommendations for breakfast , lunch and dinner. We like casual dining. He likes all cuisines so anything exceptionally good...please recommend.

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  1. Rickey's Blue Heaven for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner!

    1. Tripper here is a list that might help. Let me know if I can answer anything else


      Blue Heaven - very funky, usually a wait for a table, great outdoor eating area. Not always the best service. Good for vegetarians. It’s the place with the chickens everyone talks about.
      Martins- Great Brunch only on Sundays, great benedicts, make reservations for anything at noon or later
      Harpoon Harry's - local hangout, cheap and quick
      Banana Cafe - fabulous crepes, Locals favorite. Usually a wait
      Pepe's - delicious but expect a wait, get the homemade bread
      The Deli - cheap but good and fast
      Camille’s – Mixed reviews but worth a shot for breakfast. Most tend to agree it’s not as good as it was when it was located on Duval Street


      Alonzo's Oyster Bar – On the water. Try the lobster sand and the white clam chili. They are the only place in town that offers cold water oysters and most would agree cold is the best. Very good happy hour. Air conditioning!!! Mixed reviews on service..
      The Deli - cheap but good and fast
      Square One – nice little Brunch type menu. Nice salads.
      Half Shell Raw Bar - locals favorite, best raw bar, great conch chowder and fritters. Good Happy Hour but it gets busy.
      The Grand Café – Nice lunch fare. Good people watching.
      Turtle Kraals - locals favorite, southwest flavor. Mixed reviews on service and food but worth a try if you like Southwest food.
      Banana Cafe - good salads and crepes
      Kyushu – Sushi Bar with really good lunch specials.
      B.O.'s Fish Wagon - delicious fish sandwich. Kind of funky type place.
      Rusty Anchor - on Stock Island, locals favorite
      Louie's – O.K. for lunch, not dinner – if you must try it. Not as good as it once was. Very pricey for snobby, so-so service. Sit at the bar for better service. The Afterdeck Bar is a great place for drinks.


      Pisces - fine dining but worth it. Great wine list. Yellowtail Atocha and Lobster Tango Mango!!! Yum!!! They probably have the best surf and turf on the island. Wonderful desserts. Pricey.
      A&B Lobster House – Overlooking the water fine dining, get a pan roast but save room for the banana foster! Sit outside if available. Great views.
      7 Fish –Locals favorite. Make reservations a couple days in advance. Casual. Don’t miss. Closed on Tuesdays. Very reasonable. Beer and wine only. Can get noisy.
      Antonia’s - amazing Italian, upscale. Great specials. Make reservations. Voted “Top Food” and “Top Service” by Zagat 2003.
      Ambrosia - Sushi!! Make reservations. Best sushi in town. The tuna will melt in your mouth.
      Michael's – Fine Dining. Voted “best service” by Zagat 2003. Great steak and duck. Chocolate Volcano!
      Alice's – funky, make reservations. Don’t miss her Artichoke. Locals favorite.
      Blue Heaven - Yellowtail!! Service can be a little hit or miss
      Santiago’s Bodega – Fun little tapas place. It’s the new hot spot. Don’t miss the bread pudding! Beer and wine only and the have great red or white sangria.
      El Siboney - Great Cuban! Locals’ favorite for Cuban food year after year
      Nine One Five –Don’t miss the Devils on Horseback.


      Flamingo Crossing Ice Cream – Best coffee ice cream you will ever have

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      1. Thank you for an excellent list!

        1. We have reservations Thursday night at Antonia's...what is the dress code there? I know it says "fine dining" but in Key West lingo, how do folks dress when going there. Plus, what do you expect the weather temperatures to be this weekend? Thanks!

          1. Casual dress is cut offs, "wife beaters", or t-shirts. Nice shorts and collared shirt are perfectly acceptable.