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Restaurants & Bars 3

Key West

rusty | Mar 13, 2003 09:54 PM

My wife and I were in Key West two weeks ago and appreciated the Chowhound tips. Our favorite place was Seven Fishes (we called before leaving home to make reservations) -- great plates of nicely sauced fish and we were fine with the stark cozy surroundings. Second fav was Blue Heaven -- no reservations and an hour plus wait at the outdoor bar, but we had great drinks and nice barkeeps -- imaginative food along the lines of Seven Fishes. Alices at La Te Da was okay, but felt alittle too corporate. (We eyeballed Nine-One-Five on Duval St. and think we would have liked that better than Alices). El Siboney was Cuban comfort food -- huge plates full and along wait for a table -- while I wanted to try Cuban food I wish we had gone to another "fancier" place as our evenings were numbered. We picked Mangia, Mangia (?SP) for an outing with a group of people with pedestrian tastes. It was good, but not great. For lunch the Half Shell Raw Bar was great -- get a table next to the water. Next fav was B.O. Fish Wagon though it's quite small and not by the water. Alonso's Oyster House was quite good also -- great oysters. The chocolate covered slices of key lime pie were killers -- available at several shops. We visted the shop that sells hot sauces near Hemmingway's bar hangout. If they hook you to sit down for a tasting you feel obliged to make a purchase, but luckily many of the bottles are great.

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