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I'm looking for ideas on a good place for breakfast in Key West. I've been to Blue Heaven (okay but not that great for the normal overpriced KW food) and to Two Friends Patio. I had always heard good things about Sarabeth's, but I've been seeing bad reviews on there lately.

I've been to the Keys at least 50 times, and I've spent a decent amount of time in Key
West. I normally stay a little ways up in the Lower Keys, and have only stayed in Key West a handful of time (mostly late night partying trips with friends while younger). I've just always eaten dinner or lunch in Key Weird.....I have very little experience with breakfast on the island.

For lunch dinner I'll be hitting El Siboneys (for an affordable decent lunch/dinner place), La Trattoria (for an old favorite) and Prime Steakhouse for the fancy, expensive meal out. I'll have to decide on a couple more places for lunch/dinner.......maybe Mangia Mangia or Ambrosia for some sushi. I haven't tried either of them yet. I wish KW had some decent Thai food (have tried them all) or Vietnamese since those are our comfort foods.

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Blue Heaven Restaurant
729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040

La Trattoria Restaurant
524 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

Two Friends Patio Restaurant
512 Front St, Key West, FL 33040

Mangia
900 Southard St, Key West, FL 33040

Key West Cafe
2413 S Highway 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444

Siboney
900 Catherine St, Key West, FL 33040

Sarabeth's
530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040

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  1. Banana Cafe
    Harpoon Harrys
    Goldmans Deli
    Pepes
    Rooftop Cafe
    There are two reasonably new thai places in Key West. One is called Thai Island and the other is The floating Thai restaurant. Both are over in the Garrison Bight area. For some other ideas for lunch/dinner take a look at Santiagos Bodega, 915, Michaels, and Martins.
    http://www.thailifekeywest.com/
    http://www.thaiislandrestaurant.com/

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    Harpoon Harry's
    832 Caroline St, Key West, FL 33040

    Thai Life
    1801 N Roosevelt Blvd, Key West, FL 33040

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    1. re: Suzie

      Yeah, I've been to both those Thai restaurants. We were disappointed with both. The floating restaurant concept was a really neat idea. We went there back in June. Like I said though, Thai and Vietnamese food is our regular comfort food.
      My wife is Laotian, and we eat Thai/Lao food on a weekly (almost daily) basis. I really wish there was a place to get good Pho in Key West. I've been trying to convince the wife to move down there and open a little place that serves Pho, spring rolls (fresh), some noodle dishes, etc. Nothing with a huge menu, but a small, reasonably priced (for the area) southeast asian restaurant with some good quality food. There is a definite lack of that when it comes to asian (not Chineses take-out) food down there.

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      Key West Cafe
      2413 S Highway 77, Lynn Haven, FL 32444

      1. re: Suzie

        Oh yeah, I almost forgot....thank you for the other suggestions. I've been wanting to try Santiago's for a while now. What do you think about Louie's Backyard? I've heard good things about there in the past. Also, by 915 I'm assuming you're also referring to 951 Prime (Steakhouse) that I'm planning on going to on this trip?

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        Louie's Backyard
        700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040

        1. re: kempshark

          You will find most locals and regulars find Louies over rated. Most tend to agree that lunch is nice there and have a drink at The Afterdeck Bar but dinner is not worth it. Prime seems to be on its last leg. Its never busy and seem to have a problem keeping staff but who knows.....some places can have owners with deep pockets so they stick around longer than one might think. Most locals tend to stick with Michaels or The Commodore for steak. 915 is a restaurant on Duval that was a James Beard winner. http://www.915duval.com/

          http://www.tripadvisor.com/Travel-g34...

          1. re: Suzie

            Well, I was planning on trying Prime during this trip. Hopefully they're still in business and the quality is still up there. I'd hate to pay that much for a meal and get bad quality. All the reviews I've seen so far (13) have been five star.

            I'm definitely going to try some of the places you guys have recommended too. This is just a four night relaxation trip with the wife. It will be a lot of eating out, light drinking, and just plain relaxing. Then it's back home for the rest of the holiday week with the family!

            1. re: kempshark

              If you change your mind about Prime consider Michaels. He brings in Prime Beef from Allen Brothers of Chicago (some of the best in the Country) several times a week.
              http://www.allenbrothers.com/

      2. Bad review for Sarabeth's? boohoo. That's my favorite breakfast place in Key West. I love the green and white eggs and the service and space are a 10. Did not like Pepe's a bit. Dirty loos and over rated food. The orange plastic grated cheese in my omelet was not melted and the potatoes, coffee and toast etc were eh.

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        Sarabeth's
        530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040

        1. Hi Kemp, you may want to try Camille's. It's known for Key lime pie, but the breakfast is equally good:

          http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/cle...

          1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I had thought about trying Camille's. I remember hearing some good things about it before.
            As to the Sarabeth reviews, they are not mine. I haven't been there, but I always wanted to try it based on reviews I had heard before. I just read some reviews on it recently that were not flattering. There were some complaints about service and food quality. The one that had me concerned was from a poster that had been to the one in NY and rated this one low.

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            Sarabeth's
            530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040

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            1. re: kempshark

              I am totally with you about Blue Heaven. It has become such a tourist trap. The owner also has a place called Salute which gets better reviews from the locals so you might want to look it up.
              Sarabeths isn't bad but it is a little on the expensive side for breakfast so you do not see too many locals there on a regular basis. Its usually very consistant when it comes to quality of food and service. They have a nice outdoor area but its one of the few places that has one where I prefer to eat inside due to the heavy truck traffic on the street its on.
              If you go to Pepes you must try the homemade bread. There is usually a wait for a table there but it goes fast and its worth it.
              Also consider getting something from Sandys Cafe. Its a walk up window (they also deliver) and its a total locals place. Cheese toast and a buchi.....Breakfast of Champions! Good Cuban Mix too.

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              Blue Heaven Restaurant
              729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040

              Sarabeth's
              530 Simonton St, Key West, FL 33040

            2. Rickey's Blue Heaven is THE place for Breakfast in Key West. I strongly recommend their Sausage Benedict. BTW, Lunch and Dinner too!!!

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              Blue Heaven Restaurant
              729 Thomas St, Key West, FL 33040