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Key West trip report

Chris G. | Jan 28, 2006 02:43 PM

Another business trip to Key West, but I brought my wife & daughter to enjoy a long weekend. So far so good, have eaten at the following:
-Albertson's: (Believe it or not, a foot-long sandwich, a bag of chips and a six-pack makes a great picnic.) Spent ~$12 for a nice lunch. On previous trips, this was dinner.

-Five Brothers Market: Good Cuban sandwich, nice ambiance. Sandwich was carefully put together...a winner.

-Big John's Pizza: Another of my business dinner haunts; tried the spot on Greene St...hard to beat $4 for 2 slices and a soda. That's where I'm headed tonite. Not as good as NY pizza, but a darn close 2nd, especially in FL, which I have found to have extremely bad pizza.

-Schooner Wharf Bar: My wife wanted a burger; this is a good one. Service was pretty islandy...if there's a way just to order yourself and get your own doggone food, I think that's the way to go. I had a great mahi-mahi sandwich (fish was done **PERFECTLY** and not cooked to death) but ate it openfaced, as there was too much bread otherwise. Great fries, good happy-hour prices, and good Key West bar feel.

-El Siboney: Good eats! Very tasty black beans, good fried plantain. I had a steak; wife had a slow-cooked pork dish. Plenty of food, nice family-style ambiance, good prices. My only quibble is if this is Cuban food, I'm not a fan. The food was great, simply prepared, good ingredients, the flavors very excellent...but I couldn't find a theme. My plate was rice & beans, a steak with grilled onions, and fried plantains. My wife's was braised pork, onions, plantains, rice & beans. I couldn't find a dominant theme that I could differentiate Cuban food, for example, from Basque food. Don't get me wrong...I liked it, and I'll likely be back, but I guess if someone said "Hey, let's go for Cuban food!" I wouldn't jump up like if someone said "Hey, let's go for Vietnamese food!"

-Flamingo Crossing: What a find!!! Huge portion of really good ice cream for under $5. This is really awesome! My wife and I believe that it's not vacation unless you have ice cream, so we had a lot...I wish I could take back my Ben & Jerry's trip, and trade in my stop at that creperie on Duval and save it all for this place. If you want ice cream, it's worth the walk. (BTW, it's at the end of Duval, at 1105 Duval).

Regrettably we did not go to Seven Fish...I'll go on my own next trip. My daughter's one year old, and I wanted to make sure my wife, me and other diners really enjoyed their meal. It didn't seem like an appropriate place for a toddler.

Previous trips I hit BO's, Schoooner Wharf, Big John's, and Hong Kong Chinese (not great, but passable...I'd have soup and eggrolls only).

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