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Key West Trip Report

cagenmo | Dec 6, 201007:42 AM

Key West Trip Report

Just returned from 10 days in Key West and took a lot of recommendations from chowhound postings-thanks to all who contribute!

Blue Heaven. Went the Friday after Thanksgiving (not real smart!) and had to wait 45 minutes for a table for two. The food was worth the wait. We ordered the special Lobster Benedict and an Egg Sandwich with sausage. Also had a piece of banana bread. Everything we had was outstanding. Outdoor dining with chickens running around.

Lunch Stops:
1. BO Fishwagon. Had the blackened Mahi sandwich and the fried Grouper sandwich with hand-cut fries. We liked it so much that we ended up eating at BO three times. It is a joint definitely no-frills
2. Hogfish Bar and Grill on Stock Island. Took the drive out to Stock Island based on Chowhound posts and were happy we did! It is located on a working dock. Ordered the Hogfish special sandwich blackened. Outstanding. It is also a joint filled with locals. I think we were the only tourists in the day we were there.
3. Little Palm Island. Had friends a few years ago that passed through LPI on their way up the intra coastal waterway and loved it. The rooms are a little out of my price range (590/night cheapest we saw) so we decided to have lunch. You have to call ahead and make reservations for the boat shuttle. Lunch is expensive-$200 or so for two with drinks and one dessert. The food was awesome and we also got a 30 minute tour just before lunch (ask the staff when you check in for the shuttle for a tour). The shuttle leaves every hour from mile marker 28.5. We thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. Now if I could just save up enough to spend 10days out there........

1. El Siboney. Cuban Restaurant. We ordered toe Ropa Vieja, Palomilla Steak, and a pitcher of Sangria. Portions are huge (we could have easily split one entree) and come with black beans, rice, and sweet plantains. The Ropa Vieja was our favorite.
2. Louie's Backyard. I think the best dock location/atmosphere in Key West. They have two different menus. Upstairs has a tapas style menu with the downstairs having a full up dinner menu. There is also a bar out on the deck that does not serve food. (it was the last stop before our hotel so we ended up having a drink or two at the bar multiple nights-love the location) We ate in the upper deck twice and really enjoyed it. The service was excellent, prices reasonable, and the food was great. dishes we tried: Warm Spiced Nuts (roasted with a hint of chili powder), Roasted Olives w/Feta and Onions (a little too salty and overpowered with the feta), Golden Potato Taleggio Melt with Fennel Salami (awesome!!), Calamari with an outstanding lime aoli, Pork Meatballs w/Tomatoes, Greens, and Fried Polenta (awesome!!), and a Fontina, Mushroom, and roasted garlic Pizza.
3. Ambrosias. Outstanding Sushi and a great collection of Saki
4. Old Town Mexican Cafe. Above average Mexican and their house made salsa was noteworthy
5. La Trattoria. Good Italian and we had some good Italian wines by the glass.

Quick stops for drinks/snacks:
1. Conch Republic at the harbor. Great place to watch football on the harbor. Food was standard bar fare.
2. Schooners. Great bar at the harbor. Kind of a locals, salty feel to it. Food was below average but the drinks and the location make it worthwhile.
3. Better than Sex. A must stop for dessert! Great atmosphere. It's pretty dark inside and at the bar, they gave us little flashlights to read the menu. Everything on the menu has a sexual innuendo-funny stuff. We had the Peanut Butter Passion and thoroughly enjoyed it. They don't open until 6p.m. and stay open real late.

Louie's Backyard
700 Waddell Ave, Key West, FL 33040

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

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

Old Town Mexican Cafe
609 Duval St, Key West, FL 33040

900 Catherine St, Key West, FL 33040

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