just to update your info on key west restaurants, a bit:
three excellent dinner places just slightly off the beaten path (ie, not in the middle of the Duval Street crush). it seems lots of europeans are moving to KW and opening restaurants.
1) Anthony's, 1111 Duval Street (north end, next to La Ti Da). Truly beautiful restored building with original wood beam ceiling and handpainted tile. serves very eclectic mix of greek and american food -- we had the lamb sandwich with a mustard dressing and the Waldorf salad, a house specialty. both were superb. diners were literally collaring people on the street as they came out, saying "you have to try this place -- it's fabulous!" this happened to us, and we also did it as we came out. place is about a year old, but they're not getting much business, perhaps because they're a bit further north. very highly recomended.
2) Martin's Cafe, 416 Appelrouth Lane
German/European/American fare in a charming setting -- a pretty little cafe with white tablecloths inside, an adorable, secluded garden patio with wrought-iron tables outside. Servers and staff all German, very attentive. We had an excellent lobster bisque, sauteed snapper, and a good veal dish. small wine list also includes german wines. specials change nightly. Located off a small side street, so it's quiet and intimate.
3)Ricky's Blue Heaven. 729 Thomas Street. My favorite, a place I can imagine going back to endlessly. Set in a semi-restored conch house with huge backyard garden patio -- immense trees. You can also eat upstairs on the back balcony. Very laid back, casual (there's a rope swing to play on while you wait for your table). Food is down home/island/southern -- we had snapper with mango beurre blanc and surf and turf (cajun shrimp and new york strip.) both are served with spicy corn, a huge slab of buttered corn bread, fresh asparagus, and the most delicious sauteed plantains i've ever tasted. appetizer was a very good bay scallop dish. Service was warm and friendly. Highly recommended.
4)for a fun and delicious brunch (also breakfast and lunch) this place is worth a stop, although it's hardly a secret since it's right next door to Hemmingway's house:
Ernest's Key West Cafe 823 Whitehead Street. We had Lobster benedict and the best strawberry pancakes ever another plus: they serve fruit smoothies and have a full liquor bar, so you can get toasted with your toast. Sit outside on the front porch, in the dappled shade.
5)For coffees and baked goods: Sippin, 424 Eaton Street. This is not associated with the other Sippin, down on the docks. Antique furniture and cozy prints, very charming. sit indoor or out. all coffees and teas plus muffins and cakes. nice pit stop after a long day of shopping.
Here's one update on somthing someone recommended below: the place owned by the B movie actress is Kelly's (Kelly McGillis). Terrible food, demoralized service -- the only thing this place has going for it is the pretty patio. Definitely one to skip.
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