Restaurants & Bars 4

Norman Van Aken Town n Tavern

jmdhsmiami | Mar 4, 200812:17 PM

I will share about Town n Tavern, however we did dine out every night so here is a recap of what we experienced while we were in Key West for the weekend.

Thursday started out at Camille's, what can I say, solid diner style food. Thursday night at Blue Heaven (known for the chickens running around your feet outside) Another great meal and was sad that they have put down brick throughout the outside area. The live music was great!

Friday lunch was at Sarabeth's (Yes, of NY fame!) Great lunches and the setting is nice, sorry we didn't have time for breakfast or dinner, but I have heard great things and the place is always packed! Friday night we went to Seven Fish. It is #2 on the Zagat list for tops in Key West. While it was a solid meal, not sure if it deserved at 27, however it is Key West and good dining options are few. Didn't know Seven Fish has been around for 11 years? Guess the latest owners got it right!

So Saturday night we went to Town n Tavern. My friend and I think he burned out on the whole celebrity status of chefs in Miami and hightailed it to Key West. Correct me if I am wrong, Norman's closed and didn't he pack up in Orlando??

It is a refurbished Holiday Inn apparently called Harborside Resort?? Glorified roadside hotel that is on Roosevelt going into Key West. Interior of the common areas were nice and the restaurant is very well appointed, however it felt out of place for Key West.

Crowd was a mixture of hotel guests, mid-westerners, and locals. Norman was wandering around, which helps that we had a great meal probably. The food? REALLY REALLY GOOD! Beet Salad while the portion was small and more decorative in presentation, the taste more than made up where the portions lacked. The unagi(sp? eel) salad was interesting and again flavors were interesting and my entree special of the mascot fish of key west, yellowtail snapper was great and my friends hog snapper was good too! The service was very good and food was fast in coming out. Not sure if we felt rushed or if it was just speedy service, but it was a great meal. Prices are typical for a hotel restaurant. Interesting that alot of the staff were european and we were talking to our server and she is from Poland and was hired from an agency in Poland. I think that they know good service staff is hard to find as we noticed throughout Key West a european vibe to the staff. If you are planning a weekend in Key West this is a must to visit. Or unless you are a big fan of his to drive down for the meal and spend a night. But we are planning to be in Key West in June 2008 and we will return.

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