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Key West Help Needed

coasterphil Mar 18, 2007 12:48 PM

Hello all, my family of 7 ranging from 46 to 6 will be in Key West and we need some recommendations. We're looking for a dinner spot Friday, lunch on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday. We're flying in later Friday night, so a more no nonsense type of place would be best. For the others, we're up for anything as long as they have room and are a fit for a family. Thanks for any help you can give.

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  1. Suzie RE: coasterphil Mar 18, 2007 01:23 PM

    Try this link. It has some good ideas. How late are you arriving on Fri?

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      coasterphil RE: coasterphil Mar 18, 2007 01:48 PM

      Thanks for the link. To answer your question, we are scheduled to arrive at 7. It isn't too late, but its the end of a day of travel so I don't think everyone will be up to a fussy meal.

      1. Suzie RE: coasterphil Mar 18, 2007 01:54 PM

        Then you gotta go to The Half Shell Raw Bar. It is a "must" for anyone visiting Key West. It will be a nice start to your vacation. http://www.halfshellrawbar.com/

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          mojoeater RE: coasterphil Mar 18, 2007 01:57 PM

          I hate to say it because it is a tourist trap, but Sloppy Joe's is a lot of fun. And they have the original sloppy joe sandwich!

          1. TomOHaver RE: coasterphil Mar 19, 2007 05:16 AM

            Blue Heaven (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/347893) is informal, laid-back, and Very Key West. Best Key Lime Pie I ever ate. http://blueheavenkw.com

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              JVU RE: coasterphil Mar 19, 2007 05:43 AM

              Cuban Coffee - 5 Brothers is a must! 930 Southard Street. usually a line to get in the door.
              Blue Heaven - very Key West and tasty. Roster have the run of the restaurant.
              Mangia Mangia - avoid at all cost!!! down the street from 5 Bros.
              Half Shell is touristy but the Royal Red shrimp are a must!!!! No butter needed - they taste like lobster.
              Camille's (1202 Simonton St) - Delicious breakfast! Went there twice.
              Nine One Five - (915 Duval St) - Great upscale dinner place! Tapas and such.
              Kelley's - Overpriced and not worth it...
              Mexican Restaurant on Duval was GREAT and you can people watch while sipping on Sangria - sadly no Margarita's - BW only
              Croissants de France - GREAT Brioche and fresh fruit.
              Have a good time. We were there in January. I would say to venture off Duval for dining - with kids you may want to avoid the drunken Spring Breakers that will be in full force. There are plenty of neighborhood joints to try. Also take the kids to the Sunset Festival at Mallory Square!

              1. drjimdolan RE: coasterphil Mar 19, 2007 06:59 AM

                We just took a day trip down there from Islamorada. Spring Breakers were in full force. Definately avoid Duval. Also avoid Michaels (off Duval) where we ate on a recommendation. Food was acceptable but way overpriced for the quality. Cafe Marquesa, Louie's are our other favorites. As for Key Lime pie, it's Blonde Giraffe (several locations) hands down. We also enjoy the big open air bar / restaurant in the corner of the marina at A&B/Galleon Marina. The peel and eat shrimp were excellent (both reds and pinks) and the drinks were a healthy pour.

                1. TomOHaver RE: coasterphil Mar 19, 2007 02:28 PM

                  Seven Fish is a great small restaurant, a few blocks off Duval St. in a quiet residential neighborhood. Gets rave reviews. Call for reservations - it's seriously popular.

                  623 Olivia Street
                  Key West, FL 33040-7426
                  +1 305 296 2777

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