Just spent a week in Key West and wanted to give a report.
The Good: Flamingoes Cafe- Had a great breakfast there. The waitress was a ray of sunshine. She brought out crayons and paper for the kids right away and chatted expertly with them. They serve Baby's coffee which is very smooth. A couple of our party had the poached eggs and raved.
El Siboney- Good food. Reasonable prices. Bit of a wait. I don't think this place is as awesome as so many people say it is. I think it's just the lack of restaurants in this price point that cause people to rave. That being said, there's nothing wrong with the food. It's good. The portions are generous. I'd go back.
Meteor Smokehouse- Smoked pulled chicken and meatloaf dishes were satisfying but husband did not like his brisket. Schezuan style green beans were the best thing there, sweet potato fries were crispy and nicely seasoned. I have to say though that the mac and cheese was criminal. It was boiled mac and no cheese! Also could do without the nearby smokers but I guess they can get away with it when the tables are next to the bar.
Conch fritters at the stand next to the acquarium/sponge shop/museum. Our family still thinks these are the best on the island. We've sampled the ones at Mallory square stand and B.O.'s Fish Wagon and various lesser places and still like these best.
Beachfront Cafe (or something like that- at end of Duval) Decent, reasonably priced b-fast. Nothing special, but service was good, and if you have little ones- the beachfront location is ideal. Our boys played within our view on the beach while we waited for our food to arrive.
The Bad- Had dinner at Blue Heaven (tried to have b-fast there but we weren't willing to wait an hour so made a dinner reservation instead). Look, the food was pretty good but this place has just turned into another tourist trap. We ordered a brie appetizer which was a special and didn't realize until we got the bill that it cost $17.50. For brie appetizer! Thought the waitress should have mentioned the hefty price since it wasn't on the menu and seems to me to be way beyond the normal price of brie appetizer. Service was also strange. The manager and our waitress argued about her hours within earshot of our table. My stir fry was very nice, not out of this world. My sister in law thought the jerk chicken was delicious.
The Ugly- Kelly's Caribbean whatever it's called- I know I know. Its lousy reputation preceded it but we didn't plan ahead and ended up there. You know, the food wasn't so bad. Nothing special, kind of pricey, but not so bad. It was the service. My God was it bad. From the moment we walked in to the moment we left. Literally. The hostess barked at my kids when we came in b/c they were running ahead of us. We ordered apps for dinner instead of entrees. We got hot apps first, then salads last. One of us didn't get his app until the rest of us were well into our dishes. Salads came without the requested house dressings. Waitress said they were out and asked what dressing we wanted. 20 minutes later, no waitress, no dressing. when she appeared, it was without the dressing and with a bill. On the way out, the hostess's response to our complaint was, "Oh well" and her back. I still can't believe her response.