One of the best parts about vacationing in a coastal town is the fresh seafood. Trying the local catch of the day is a must when you’re in Key West. After making the drive down from MIA we arrived in Key West just in time for dinner.
Our first stop was The Commodore’s Boat House Bar & Grill located on the waterfront, just minutes from our hotel. Unfortunately, we missed happy hour by about 5 minutes but that didn’t stop me from getting a draft of my favorite vacation beer: Yuengling. Naturally my first meal of the trip had to be seafood, so I ordered shrimp scampi. This was the most tasty shrimp scampi I’ve ever had, not too heavy on the thick buttery sauce it was just right. I highly recommend visiting the Boat House for dinner and drinks.. maybe you’ll be lucky enough to catch happy hour!
Our first breakfast of the trip was a special one, as it was recommended to me by several friends.. Blue Heaven! If you don’t have time to eat at Blue Heaven you must pop in for a look because this place is a sight to see. Roosters roaming the sandy grounds while you’re sipping on a famous Bloody Goose (Bloody Mary) and listening to the live bands. The food here was such a treat and one I will not be able to forget. Blue Heaven is famous for their lobster dishes.. think eggs benedict plus fresh lobster. Too good to pass up! I can’t forget to mention the best banana pancakes I’ve ever tasted. Don’t forget to order a Bloody Goose or one of their several mimosas.
For our second dinner in Key West we went with another recommendation and a local hot spot: El Siboney. The restaurant is a bit off the beaten path and away from the hustle of Duval Street, but the Cuban food here is not to be missed!
We decided to go with a recommendation from the front desk of our hotel for breakfast which led us to Camille’s. I would not suggest going to Camille’s for breakfast.. the food was average and the whole time I was wishing I was back at Blue Heaven.
After our sunset cruise we took the word of our crew and went to Conch Republic for dinner (the fact that the cruise people handed us buy one get one drink coupons certainly helped the decision!) Conch Republic is located on the docks next to The Boat House and directly in front of the ship that took us out for a sunset sail. The food here was nothing short of amazing. I had to get my lobster fix and it surpassed my wildest dreams. SO FRESH! Don’t forget to try a bowl of the lobster and crab bisque soup… nothing will ever compare to this!
We checked out what seemed to be another local spot, Amigo’s, for breakfast. This was a Mexican restaurant right off of Duval Street. I had a breakfast bowl which I ate in about 5 minutes. The bottom layer was juicy black beans with scrambled eggs on top, then bits of chorizo and cheese covered the eggs. It was absolutely amazing and I would go back there in a heartbeat.
Our final dinner in Key West was at El Meson de Pepe located in Mallory Square. This Cuban food was simply amazing and I would go back any day.
The food in Key West did not disappoint and I would happily go back. Don’t forget to get a cup of Cuban coffee whilst in Key West! Our favorite was the cafe con leche at Cuban Coffee Queen.
- The Commodore Boat House Bar & Grill
- Blue Heaven
- El Siboney
- Conch Republic
- El Meson de Pepe
- Cuban Coffee Queen