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Going with 4 other ladies from work for 2 nights. We have two who are very fussy eaters (no fish, chicken only, no veggies, etc...) and most on a tight budget. Two are pretty open minded and I'm dying to try new wonderful places but because of everyone's budget constraints, I'm going to go along with the masses. *sigh*

I searched Chow and put together a list of what I thought were fairly low or moderately priced and had some landlubbing options. Any advice or add ons? Thanks :)

Key West

Blue Heaven,
729 Thomas St
Breakfast or lunch http://blueheavenkw.com/

7 Fishes
corner of Elizabeth and Olivia Streets
http://www.7fish.com/?page_id=12

El Siboney
Cuban food
900 Catherine St
http://www.elsiboneyrestaurant.com/me...

Half Shell Raw Bar
231 Margaret St
http://www.halfshellrawbar.com/page1/...
http://www.halfshellrawbar.com/menu.html

B.O.’s Fishwagon
801 Caroline St.
http://www.bosfishwagon.com/menu/

Cuban Coffee Queen (Cuban coffee
)284 Margaret
http://www.cubancoffeequeen.net/ccq/

Santiago’s Bodega
Tapas (small plates
)207 Petronia Street
http://www.santiagosbodega.com/ourmen...

B O's Fish Wagon
801 Caroline St

Key Largo/Islamorada

Snappers
MM 94.5 Islamorada
http://www.snapperskeylargo.com/docum...

Pilot House
13 Seagate Boulevard MM 99.5
http://www.pilothousemarina.com/image...

Island Grill
85501 Overseas Highway
Breakfast http://www.keysislandgrill.com/breakf...
Lunch http://www.keysislandgrill.com/lunch.htm
Dinner http://www.keysislandgrill.com/dinner...

The Fish House
MM 102.4 Ocean side
http://www.fishhouse.com/fhdinnerfish...
http://www.fishhouse.com/fhdinnerland...
http://www.fishhouse.com/fhdinnersala...
http://www.fishhouse.com/fhdinnershri...

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  1. It's little ways from Islamorada, but I used to go to Ballyhoo's in Key Largo. I haven't been there in several years, but they used to be consistent on food quality and not too highly priced by Keys standards. Anyway, it is at MM97.8 in the median.

    As far Key West goes you have a fairly good list. I wouldn't say that some of those are inexpensive but it is a decent variety. Actually, I am down in Key West right now. Based on others reviews I plan on trying Garbo's Grill (a food cart) either today or tomorrow....known for fish tacos or burritos....not chicken, but you could possibly swing by there and grab one for yourself. I will post back with a review if I remember. I will be hitting the Cuban Coffee Queen, probably El Siboney, possibly La Trattoria, and probably grabbing some breakfast at the Banana Cafe since it is just around the corner. I may even hit Ambrosia for some sushi.
    Well, have fun on your trip and let us know how it went. Where are you guys staying?.....oh yeah, two nights is way too short!!!!

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

    Siboney
    900 Catherine St, Key West, FL 33040

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    1. re: kempshark

      Oh great, tell me about the places you end up going to!

      I wish we could stay longer, but $$$ is an issue and no PTO. We are staying at the Hampton Inn in Islamorada (employee discount) and the Marriott in KW (someone's exhusband is giving us his Amex points) :) Not sure which Marriott though. I'll look into the Trattoria too. We'll all probably end up at a bar eating bar food, knowing the group I'm going with lol. But I want to be prepared at least for lunch and breakfast!

      Thanks so much!

      1. re: kempshark

        We loved the fish tacos at Garbo's grill. Did you ever get a chance to go?

      2. Yes yes yes. 7 fish is one of the best in Key West. Also try Cafe Marquesa (best fish dish I've ever had) and Michael's. Salsa Loca has some great queso, guac, salsa, and a great atmosphere too.

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        Salsa Loca
        918 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

        1. Oyster Ho..... From your past post I think you live near me..I am on south Palmway..... Anyway. I was in the keys last weekend... I have been to the keys many , many times... I made a stop to an out of the way place last weekend.... Buzzards Roost at Mile Marker 106.2.......It was one of the best keys meals I have ever had.........My favorite was their Ceviche... KindA OUT OF THE WAY, BUT THE FOOD WAS FANTASTIC..

          1. Sorry about the caps....It's my dam fingers

            1. OysterHo...... Looking at your choices :
              Island Grill is very good but expensive for what you get.
              fish house is also good but very tight inside... The Encore next door is nice
              Snappers is not what it used to be...drive by
              Good choice in Key West...Half Shell has great oysters..

              CCheck to see if Randy Roberts is at the LaTiDa.Best show ever...

              Also...... Check out Robbies at MileMarker 77 and feed the Tarpon.Cheap entertainment and great fun.

              1. oysterHo... Sorry, I keep thinking of places you need to go........ The Lorelei at MM 82 has a great breakfast with $1.00 bloody mary's. Service is slow ,but it's island time there.

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                1. re: HotMelly

                  Thanks so much Melly!

                  I live in Boca, is that where you are?

                2. This place has opened since I was last in Key West and looks sort of interesting for a pre-dinnr drink.

                  http://www.keysnet.com/2010/08/13/248...

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                  1. re: CuthbertRizla

                    Thank you :)

                  2. I just wanted to update this after our weekend. We had a little drama and a few timing issues so we only ate at one place that was recommended on here, much to my dismay. :(

                    Salsa Loca on Duval Street. I don't recommend it. Salsa was tomato sauce with some cilantro and hot sauce thrown in. Guacamole was not fresh, it was from an industrial restaurant tub o'guacamole, I suspect. My shrimp ceviche was ok, but kind of chopped up like scrambled eggs and uninspired. The rest of my party enjoyed their dishes but I don't know what they got, I'm sorry. Burrito and taco types of things.

                    We also ate at the pool bar at the Marriott Beachside. Great burgers and chicken salad.

                    We went to Blue Heaven for sunday brunch, but since it was father's day there was a 90 minute wait. So we opted for a bloody mary at the bar, enjoyed the scene and left. Cute place though. :)

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

                    Salsa Loca
                    918 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

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                    1. re: OysterHo

                      One needs to eat ceviche at a Peruvian restaurant. Try Sax-Say in Plantation or Tumi in Margate.

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                    2. ceviche and an appraisers plug...Not a good thing