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Key West Grub

Krav | Feb 7, 2003 12:34 PM

Just returned from the sunshine of Key West. The culinary adventure was hit and miss. Be forewarned that Key West is far from a luxurious resort town, and the locals are somewhat seedy. Careful driving down, the cops love to hide and pull people over. Don't bother bringing any dress clothes. Everything is casual there.

El Siboney served very good Cuban fare, huge portions, extremely inexpensive prices. No reservations, usually a half-hour wait. The skirt steak ($11.95) was very good. Sangria was sweet but tasty.

Seven Fish was the closest thing to a trendy urban restaurant. Attractive but casual decor. Seafood-filled menu. About $20 per entree. Mahi mahi was excellent. Ceviche was disappointing. The sublime brownie was among the best I've ever sampled.

The Meteor House, a local's tavern, had excellent BBQ. The grilled wings were very good, the ribs were excellent and the pulled pork sandwich was very good as well. The crowd is a bit scary, but just stop in for a quick bite and head elsewhere.

The Wyndham Casa Marina, one of the few resorts on the island, had quality casual fare, such as the mahi mahi Caesar salad and the grilled chicken wrap.

The A&B Lobster house was a dreadful, expensive tourist trap. Treated us with apathy and like tourists. The lobster, of all things, was rubbery and tasteless. The oysters rockefeller were medicore and the crab cakes loaded with filler. Stay Away!

The only good breakfast we had was along Duval at something called the Buckin' Burro (or something close to that name). Excellent bagels and egg wrap sandwiches. Banana Cafe was medicore at best, as was Croissants de France (although their fruit plate and blueberry muffins were good). Both places had cute decor. Croissants de France had a huge outdoor patio. The Pharmcacy, another known breakfast joint, was a bit frightening, and nothing more than an average diner.

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