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Thanksgiving in Key West

Sandwich_Sister Oct 5, 2011 08:17 AM

My husband and I are doing something different this year and are spending Thanksgiving in Key West. We are staying at the Duval Gardens off of Duval.

Before I start doing my research I had a few questions.

1. What restaurants will be open on Thanksgiving?

2. What is your can't miss spot when you visit Key West (It doesn't have to be on Duval)

3. What kinds of Key West specialty Cuisine is a can't miss?

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  1. Sandwich_Sister RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 9, 2011 09:42 AM

    Okay - no one has chomped or bit at this.

    I really like the looks of Pisces not sure they are open Thanksgiving but I'm seriously considering this place based on menu and images from people on the web.

    http://www.pisceskeywest.com/menu_2.html

    Is it as good as it looks? It's close to our B&B as well.

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      frk040 RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 10, 2011 10:12 AM

      1) Email or phone restaurant for info on Thanksgiving.
      2) Haven't gone in 3 years, but our favorites are (in order): La Trattoria, Santiago's Bodega, Square One, Antonia's, Mangoes for dinner. Loved La Te Da, but heard chef Alice Weingarten had left, a huge negative.
      For breakfast: Camille’s, Blue Heaven, Sarabeth's. All are within walking distance of Duval Gardens.
      3) Hmmm. Conch Chowder and Key Lime Pie perhaps.

      Happy Thanksgiving.

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

      Santiago's Bodega
      207 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040

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

      Square One Restaurant
      1075 Duval St Ste C12, Key West, FL 33040

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

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        frk040 RE: frk040 Oct 10, 2011 11:57 AM

        On second thought, Thanksgiving dinner at Blue Heaven would absolutely be a memorable event.

        http://www.blueheavenkw.com/

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

      2. Berheenia RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 10, 2011 10:39 AM

        We will arrive TG day and expect most places to be open. Consider LaTratorria, 915 Duval, La Te Da or Seven Fish if you want to have a reservation for dinner on TG. All are near your hotel. Happy hour at A & B Lobster House and breakfast at Sarabeth's are always on our agenda. There are lots of funkier places like My Blue Heaven, Pepe's, Bo's Fish Wagon to name a few - none are really places we go back to but they are worth a visit if it's your first time. If you like Cuban food there are lots of choices. There's great little place on Truman next to Denny's where we go for Cuban coffee and breakfast sandwiches.

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        Seven Fish
        632 Olivia St, Key West, FL 33040

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

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          Berheenia RE: Berheenia Dec 2, 2011 05:13 AM

          'There's great little place on Truman next to Denny's where we go for Cuban coffee and breakfast sandwiches.'

          Gone - now a real estate office.

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          princsoreo RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 11, 2011 12:07 PM

          1. I've got nothing for ya on Thanksgiving.
          2. For food, my can't miss spot is Santiago's Bodega. Fantastic tapas!
          For drinks, can't miss Schooner Wharf Bar for atmosphere and music. Food is pretty good too. Also, I love Virgilio's (behind La Trattoria) for martinis and live music.
          Also can't miss hitting a Cuban coffee stand for light breakfast sandwiches or Cuban toast and cafe con leche. My favorites are Sandy's and Cuban Coffee Queen. I go to the one that's closer to my hotel, depending on where I'm staying.
          3. Can' miss cuisines: try something Cuban; try grouper, if it's the season; try stone crab claws;try something key lime (my favorite pie is from Rooftop Cafe, favorite martini is from The White Tarpon, favorite candy are the key lime hard candies from Kermit's).
          Have fun!

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          Santiago's Bodega
          207 Petronia St, Key West, FL 33040

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

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            threefinecooks RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 20, 2011 07:33 AM

            If you are looking for a elegant Thanksgiving Day Meal, I would recommend Square One or A&B Lobster House. Santiago's is fantastic, it is a can't miss spot, but you must call for reservations for dinner. (I have on speed dial) Michael's, Azur, and Seven Fish you should check out, as well, all excellent. Sarabeth's a must for breakfast/lunch (Lemon Ricotta pancakes, yumm) Otherwise, you may consider hiring a Personal Chef that could design a menu specific to your liking.

            Hope you enjoy Key West, as much as I love living here!

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            Seven Fish
            632 Olivia St, Key West, FL 33040

            Square One Restaurant
            1075 Duval St Ste C12, Key West, FL 33040

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

            Azur Restaurant
            425 Grinnell St, Key West, FL 33040

            Lobster House
            716 N US Highway 1, Tequesta, FL 33469

            1. Withnail42 RE: Sandwich_Sister Oct 20, 2011 07:42 AM

              Don't know what they are doing for Thanksgiving but Café Solé (1029 Southard Street) is worth a visit. In agreement with previous posters about Blue Heaven.

              But don't get too hung up on 'Duval Street' the best places are tucked away of side streets.

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

              1. Sandwich_Sister RE: Sandwich_Sister Nov 28, 2011 07:39 AM

                Thank you everyone for your suggestions.

                We ended up getting reservations at Pisces and it was abosultely delicious. We ordered off the special Thanks Giving Menu we had Fruits de Mer and I had a cold pepper soup - just absolutely mind blowing.

                Our least favorite meals were Mangoes and amigos. Mangoes wasn't horrible but my husbands lobster was chewy, my broccoli was not cooked all the way but my pink shrimp were good and I did love the coconut bread.

                Amigos just wasn't up to par I had the taco platter and of the 3 different types I ordered the only one that was good was the carnitas. The fish taco here is a major disappointment. Margarita's tasted too much like lemonade.

                We found Garbo's Grill food cart and ordered the fish tacos - The husband and wife team are pretty awesome, great service and amazing fish tacos. a must for fish taco fans.

                Black fin Bistro was a pleasant surprise. There pink shrimp app was better than the pink shrimp at Mangoes. Very tasty. My husband loved his filet Mignon and I enjoyed the mahi dish with potato salad. Yes potato salad which I adored.

                Croissant De France - I had the raspberry croissant and the key lime beignet. Both were good although the beignet just didn't have enough filling to cover the whole thing it was still tangy an sweet. The raspberry croissant was also good, perhaps a bit too flaky. Also these don't last very long so eat them all went you get them.

                Bought a key lime pie and came home with it, going to share it with family.

                had a wonderful time! Thanks!

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