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May 27, 2009 07:23 AM

Key West Recommendations?

We'll be in Key West for a couple of nights and would appreciate lunch and dinner recommendations. Love any kind of food at all, but would be particulary interested in Cuban for one night. Any recommendations for lunch (anywhere from Key Largo to Big Pine) on the drive down are appreciated, too. Thanks in advance.

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  1. There are several threads on this board with KW recommendations, so some searching will probably help.

    5 Brothers is good for Cuban lunch. It's basically a sandwich shop, but they have daily lunch specials and their ox tail is particularly good.

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    1. re: Nick

      I searched on Key West but didn't find anything much recent, which is why I posted. Thanks for the recommendation for 5 that Key West or a different Key?

      1. re: Niki in Dayton

        5 Brothers is in KW. 915 is another good place to check out. Their chef also runs a great burrito joint on Simonton Street a few blocks away--Bad Boy Burrito.

    2. was just there memorial weekend..standouts are the usuals you will find on the boards---but i was introduced to a few new (or newer) of them is Cafe Sole... 1029 Southard St
      Key West, FL 33040
      (305) 294-0230

      and 915 Duval
      a james beard contender where I had the most incredible whole yellowtail snapper for two with thai spices and chili garlic sauce. outstanding...

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      1. El Siboney is a casual Cuban joint.

        Have fun Juli

        1. Lunch: BO's Fish Wagon, Hogfish Bar n Grill ( Stock Island), Camille's (cx salad outta this world!), on the beach- Salute. Don;t rule out Dion's. I'm not kidding, if you don't have GREAT fried cx at home, we get ours at Dion's- 2 locations in KW. This is food from a gas station! We regularly get it and take it out on boat trips. The cx is fresh, never frozen and is unbelievably good when you get it fresh out of te fryer.

          Dinner: KW food scene is not superb. But, our outstanding spots are: Braza Lena (bettter Brazilian than anywhere!!), Ambrosia (sushi chef owns and regularly drives to Miami for the BEST stuff, ie toro), Cuban: either fine, ie el Meson de Pepe (huge menu, try the antojitos-YUM!) Joses on White St or El Siboney. 915 is also ok. Lots of folks like 7fish. Don't get sucked in to Duval St!!! I worked there, and the reason that mahi-mahi is the fish of the day every day is that it is the cheapest frozen fish imported from China and it has been the fish of the day at places like Margaritaville fo the last 20 years... btw, worst ritas and burgers you could possibly get in KW....

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