Restaurant Spotlight Snacks & Sightseeing

Key West Livin’

This past weekend J. and I took the long trek down to Key West for his best friend’s wedding. I’d never been down to the Keys before, and J. had only taken a pit stop there on a cruise several years ago. We were excited to add a new city to our travels together, explore the sights, and of course, try all of the delicious food there was to offer.

Key West was a chill, historic beach town. The streets are lined with palm trees and old Florida homes, many of which have been converted into inns, restaurants, and bars. The food here was fresh and seafood was a prevalent menu item, which I loved! Drinks were flowing heavily with rum punches and margaritas all around and live music everywhere we went. Here’s some of our favorite places, foods, and drinks we hit this weekend:

The Bars:

  • Captain Tony’s Saloon:
    • Pirate’s Punch: spiced and white rums with orange and pineapple juice
  • Hog’s Breath Saloon:
    • Goombay Smash: coconut rum with coconut and pineapple juice
  • The Green Parrot:
    • Parrot Punch: spiced rum with orange and pineapple juice
  • The Lazy Gecko:
    • Green Monster: coconut rum, apple liquor, melon liquor, razz liquor, and pineapple juice
  • Waterfront Brewery:
    • Crazy Lady: blonde ale brewed with local honey
  • The Porch:
    • I got a pear cider but they have a huge variety of draft and bottled craft beers

The Food:

  • Blue Macaw:
    • Blue Beni: eggs benedict on a mini waffle with chipotle pulled pork and hollandaise sauce
  • Vinos on Duval:
    • Antipasto platter: prosciutto and brie served with sun-dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and olives
  • Blue Heaven:
    • “BLT” Benny: eggs benedict on an english muffin topped with bacon, lobster, grilled tomatoes and lime hollandaise sauce
    • Key Lime Pie: topped with meringue on a graham cracker crust with freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Red Fish Blue Fish:
    • Conch Chowder
    • Key West Mixed Grill: sautéed diver sea scallops and gulf shrimp, with lime cilantro sauce and island rice
    • Baja Mahi Tacos: soft flour tortillas, blackened grilled mahi mahi, grilled onions, chili cream, bell peppers, and cheddar jack cheese
  • Havana:
    • Seafood Omelette: lobster, shrimp, spinach, red onions and cheddar cheese. Served with grits and pressed Cuban bread “toast”
    • Cuban bread French Toast

These were just a sliver of what Key West has to offer. Everyone there is so friendly and laid back, it definitely is that “island lifestyle.” Nights are relaxed and best to just hang out and hear live music and grab a delicious cocktail. I can’t wait to go back.

 

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