There are over 250 bars and restaurants in the Key West area so there is absolutely something for everyone and all budgets. Here are a few ideas:
Hogfish Bar & Grill – Truly worth the bike ride over to Safe Harbor on Stock Island. This is another spot visited by Andrew Z on his “Bizarre Foods” show. We tried the famous Hogfish sandwich featured on the show and it was fabulous. Michele had the special of the day salad – which was also fabulous. They will cook your catch, so keep it in mind if you are looking for something to do with your haul from a morning of fishing. This is a local’s spot and takes you back in time to how Key West was.
Amigos Tortilla Bar – Ok they serve square tacos, really square tacos. They are made on site and really really good! What goes better with beer than tacos? That’s right – nothing! Great little place if you want a quick snack or lunch. Across the street from Captain Tony’s Bar.
Bo’s Fish Wagon – (801 Caroline Street) – Really good fish! The fried grouper was excellent. The atmosphere is to eclectic and very much Key West. Stop in and enjoy a sandwich.
Conch Republic Seafood Company – (631 Green Street). Went here to nurse a hangover, and was impressed with the fish tacos. Full menu items for both lunch and dinner. Usually has live music during the dinner hour. The location, right on the water in the harbor, just screams Key West. Great happy hour as well. They offer 2 4 1 Beer, wine and premium well drinks everyday 4pm to 7pm.
Margaritaville (500 Duval Street) – This is where it all started. So, your trip should start here. We try to begin ours with a perfect margarita from the bar on every trip. The food has been great every time we have been. The cheeseburger is truly a “Cheeseburger in Paradise” and the fried conch fritters are fabulous.
Sloppy Joe’s – This is truly a Key West Tradition. Who would pass up the bar that Hemingway made famous? Be sure to look for his Marlin and fishing poles hanging on the wall. The music is great and is always busy. Usually the music options before 9pm caters to the older – or shall we say seasoned? – crowd. Then late night, the dance floor opens up and the music is cranked up. Be sure to check out their webcams located on our site. The food really is very good. The pizzas are fabulous. In one of Kevin’s adventures (OK he had forgot his glasses) he ordered the Sloppy Joe pizza, which was a very pleasant surprise. It is a pizza with their famous Sloppy Joe mix, cheddar cheese and fresh tomatoes. Great choice!
La Trattoria – If you like Italian food, this is the place. We have not had an opportunity to try it yet, but everyone we met raved about the food.
El Siboney Cuban Restaurant – This place is highly recommended if you like Cuban food. We have not had an opportunity to try this place yet, either. But, everyone goes for the homemade Sangria. Be prepared to wait, we hear it can be quite a wait during peak hours. People like this for the low prices and value of the meal you receive. Also a favorite of the locals.
Mangia Mangia – Pasta Cafe. 900 Southard. This restaurant has great reviews for their pasta dishes and their wine menu. Off the beaten path off Duval. One specialty is their home made Gluten Free Pasta. They use many organic ingredients in many of their dishes. If you suffer from a gluten problem, check this place out for your dinner meal. Also, view their website and obtain a 10% off coupon for your entree.
Where do the locals eat? Well we have met the locals at all the restaurants we have eaten at. Due to the small size of the Island, and the good restaurants available, they will stop in the restaurants like like you do back at home. Some of the locals look for the happy hours and dinner specials . Also the residents get local discounts at many of the merchants. In new town on the Island you will find national franchise restaurants you are familiar with. They are not located in the Old Town area. We did find Denny’s and Wendy’s on Duval street.