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where should we eat in key west?

bear blanc Mar 2, 2008 10:04 AM

My husband and I will be visiting Key West for five days. We're from Vermont so seafood, cuban, mexican, caribbean or tapas are of interest since we have few of those options availible up here.
Price is not an issue and we'll have a car so recs for surrounding areas would be great too!

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    Keysmickey Mar 2, 2008 11:31 AM

    Michaels (steakhouse), Hog Fish Bar & Grill (technically on Stock Island), 7 Fish (seafood), El Siboney (Cuban) are a few I personally eat at.

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      theflytyr Mar 3, 2008 03:50 AM

      For true upscale take a drive up to Little Palm Island for a romantic island getaway with outstanding food (at least it was a few years ago when I was there). It is I believe at mile marker 22, north of Key West. 7 fish is excellent as well. Louis backyard is nice for Lunch but can be inconsistent for Dinner.

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        meb903 Mar 3, 2008 04:14 AM

        we were just in key west a few weeks ago. have breakfast at camille's. we ate dinner at norman van acken's new restaurant - it is tavern n town or town n tarvern - i forget which, but we had an excellent dinner. we also ate at A & B Lobster house which has a casual downstairs and a nicer place upstairs. and you MUST have a drink on Sunset Pier during sunset - absolutely beautiful if the weather is good (don't miss this).

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          The Chowfather AKA sobe Mar 3, 2008 04:57 AM


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            jeanmarieok Mar 3, 2008 05:08 AM

            I love El Siboney (it's pretty heavy so we usually have a late lunch there), and have had a couple of great meals at Petronia's. Petronia's is good Polish food - sounds kind of strange in Key West, but the food is yummy.

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            1. re: jeanmarieok
              1stmakearoux Feb 21, 2009 06:39 AM

              Wow! You just listed my two absolutely favorite restaurants in Key West!

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                Suzie Feb 21, 2009 07:04 AM

                Petronias closed years ago. Santiagos Bodega is now there.

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                  jeanmarieok Feb 27, 2009 10:49 AM

                  That's so sad!!! We visited Petronia's 3 years in a row, but haven't been to Key West since 2006, so I'm not surprised, I guess.

                  I need to make that trip again, soon!! I confess I really like Sloppy Joe's sloppy fries - good base for a big happy hour.

            2. butrfli1227 Mar 3, 2008 05:26 AM

              Blue Heaven (breakfast, unique atmosphere)
              7 Fish (amazing seafood)
              B.O.s Fish Wagon (best fish sandwich, great for lunch)

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                flbeachgirl Mar 3, 2008 08:45 AM

                My husband and I always enjoy the Restaurant at the Pier House at zero Duval Street. They serve a delicious breakfast, and also a romantic dinner. Excellent seafood and steaks. They have indoor and outdoor dining....we enjoy sitting outside on the deck overlooking the water.

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                  Slider9 Feb 20, 2009 12:17 PM

                  I think the name of the restaurant your referring to at the Pier House is One Duval and yes the food and atmosphere was excellent.I would highly recommend this restaurant.

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                  frk040 Feb 22, 2009 07:09 AM

                  We really liked the dinner at La Te Da a few weeks ago. Square One has a new 'build your own menu' feature which was interesting. Bad Boy Burrito for lunch was a great find. As mentioned, Santiago's Bodega tapas menu is quite nice.


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                    Jamie B Feb 23, 2009 07:18 PM

                    Great food at Croissants D"France, La Baguette is good also. Good Cuban sandwich there.

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                      SurfPie Feb 27, 2009 10:46 AM

                      My favorite places in Key West.....fine dining at Opera on Duval, down a little brick alley way. Awesome food, romantic courtyard dining, and inside dining too.
                      Great Mexican food, casual at Salsa Loco, also nice courtyard dining, closer to the South End also on duval.. Enjoy the Keys.

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