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Florida Keys, Great Local Joints

mainiac Sep 15, 2009 07:35 PM

We'll be chartering a boat the week after Christmas cruising the lower Keys and need some local knowledge for not to miss local joints . Nothin fancy, just good food. The closer to the water the better. Would love to find places that serve fresh seafood, particularly shrimp.

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    mainiac RE: mainiac Sep 18, 2009 03:53 AM

    What, no Hound's in the Keys?

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      keysrat RE: mainiac Sep 18, 2009 05:28 AM

      I'm in the Upper Keys- I don't make it to the lower Keys much and avoid Key West like the plague. Worse than the mainland.
      How far south are you going to be?

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      ginnyhw RE: mainiac Sep 18, 2009 11:46 AM

      We went to Sparky's Landing in Marathon Key on advise from CH and had a great lunch, fish rueben and chili dog plus some local beer. Sparky's is located on the docks of the KCB Marina in Key Colony Beach.Loved the view too.

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        DiFlorida RE: ginnyhw Sep 18, 2009 01:12 PM

        Key West Dining-out

        Alonzo’s Oyster Bar www.alonzosoysterbar.com - on the water – great happy hour half price appetizers and discounted drinks

        Blue Heaven www.blueheavenkw.com/ -
        Outdoor casual dining

        El Siboney www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com -
        Inexpensive Cuban cuisine

        Nine one Five http://www.915duval.com/
        Eclectic tapas bar

        Sarabeth’s www.sarabethskeywest.com
        Excellent healthy cuisine

        Pepe’s http://pepescafe.net/
        Great breakfast with outside dining. Also good for lunch or dinner.

        Croissants de France http://www.croissantsdefrance.com/
        Breakfast on Duval

        Camille’s http://www.camilleskeywest.com/
        Good for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Diner type atmosphere, but food and service are good. On Simonton Street

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          CecilJakob RE: DiFlorida Sep 18, 2009 07:51 PM

          If you are heading to Key West, I second the vote for El Siboney. My party ordered Vaca Frita (personal favorite), Siboney Steak, Ropa Vieja, Grilled MahiMahi, wonderful sangria, complimentary generously butter slathered Cuban bread. Not on the water but furiously packed. Catherine and Margaret Streets.

          The French influenced Banana Cafe has amazing crepes, both sweet and savory. Make sure to save room for a Nutella crepe at the end of the meal! On the touristy road of Duval, but so yummy. Duval and Catherine Streets.

      2. pikiliz RE: mainiac Sep 18, 2009 02:07 PM

        islamorada classic been her for ever cool island style
        little more expensive but every bit as good as peter lugars

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          kimocorb RE: mainiac Sep 18, 2009 07:29 PM

          My favorite place in Islamorada is Bentley's. AWESOME food.

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            banananyfl RE: mainiac Apr 26, 2010 09:57 AM

            Caroline's on duval, best conch fritters i have ever had & I also 2nd Pepe's. Breakfast at Pepe's is awesome plus they make their own sun tea (you can see the jars brewing on the fence on the side of the building) with lime essence, yum!

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              Mingle RE: banananyfl Aug 3, 2010 05:49 PM

              I'll second bentleys and add Key Colony Inn for the Grouper Parm and the homed dill ranch dressing with the salad served in wedges family style.

              Key Colony Inn Restaurant
              700 W Ocean Dr, Key Colony Beach, FL 33051

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