Boy oh boy did we eat well in Key West! I think I had mojitos for breakfast, lunch and dinner : ) And ice cream every night! Here were some of the meals we enjoyed with links to the restaurants if you are ever in the area. There were so many other places we didn’t get to try – we must go back!
The above coconut was drilled fresh through – you can’t get more pure coconut water!
It was perfect on our first day – a really hot one! We went to El Siboney, a Cuban restaurant, for lunch. It came highly recommended to us, and the food tasted like it was totally authentic. Mazen loved fresh avocados!
And I had blacked grouper with rice, plantains and black beans! Matt and Karen had classic pork and beef dishes. Yum!
Our first night we didn’t have groceries and needed to get Mazen to bed, so Matt and I walked down Duval Street and found a sushi place for take out: Origami.
The sushi was delish!
Lunch the next day involved more Cuban bread – these classic sandwiches Karen got from a nearby café. Served with salad and plantain chips.
We sipped these great beers in the afternoons – Third Shift is a new fav.
On the hunt for deals, we found a great Happy Hour special at point5 lounge, which was above a neat restaurant called nine one five that I wish I had gotten to enjoy!
point5 had 2 for 1 drinks and $5 pizzas so we made it dinner.
One morning Matt, Andrew, Mazen and I went out for breakfast at the famous Banana Café.
I ordered one of the crepes with cheese, egg and bacon inside. I love how they folded it!
In an effort to save a bit of money we cooked in a few times. Karen brought a recipe by Rachel Ray for Fish + Corn Chowder that was yum.
And another night Larbs made us Mexican Shrimp Bowls with sweet potato, guac, cheese and more. Those were some awesome local shrimp!
Breakfasts were pretty non-eventful, especially since I got up before sunrise with Mazen half the time. My dad got some wonderful Florida fruit – mangoes, oranges and avocados – that were really fun to have.
We also bought some bread at a bakery – Cole’z Peace. Loved the whole wheat sourdough! It made killer toast.
We were just down the street from Café Moka which had great sandwiches for lunch – Karen and I split the croissant turkey and pesto and Matt had an Italian on ciabatta.
Two of my friends recommended Blue Heaven, and this was definitely my favorite restaurant of the week. It is tucked away in a grove of trees and shade and had live music and plenty of Jerk seafood to eat.
Mazen loved his rice and beans, and Larbs and I shared this dish packed with more of the same plus juicy shrimp.
We enjoyed dancing with Mazen afterwards!
Matt and I slipped away for a lunch out during naptime and went to the Southernmost Café. They beach view was the highlight!
We sipped beers and ate spicy shrimp nachos and a side salad for me.
Larbs shared that Glazed Donuts was one of the highest rated restaurants, so Matt and I walked with Mazen one morning before the rest of the crew woke up.
From top left clockwise: Key Lime Pie, Apple Fritter, Creamsicle, Pistachio Lemon, Bacon Bourbon and Vanilla Cake. YUM!
Karen took us out to lunch while my parents babysat during a naptime to Conch Republic Seafood.
We finally got some conch fritters!
Larbs and I shared and loved this mango beer
And a prickly pear mojito!
I had a tropical salad with Macadamia fish on top!
On our second to last night we stayed in and ate lots of guacamole
And Larbs and Matt made a recipe for shrimp burgers, although they didn’t stay together very well. I had mine on the side of a big salad that I made.
On our final night we young people went appetizer hopping. Our first stop was to Mangoes where the apps were delish -
Tuna Avocado Crab Stack | Conch Rolls | Ribs
And we ended our night at Grand Café Key West in the perfect open-air setting with blackened fish, black beans, rice and mussels to share. No photo – it was gone fast!
We also hit up the bar Cork + Stogie, which had an awesome front porch for sipping wine.
And finally, to balance out the mojitos and conch, I had a green juice from Panini Panini. There was lots of juice in Key West!