Asking friends, locals and our Globalphile followers, these restaurants were also recommended to try:
Pepe’s: Opened in 1909, this is the oldest restaurant in town. At 806 Caroline St., it was recommended as a fun casual spot and good for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Louie’s Backyard: The Upperdeck was recommended for Carribean- American cuisine and wine plus great views.
Azur Restaurant: 425 Grinnell St. at Fleming. Recommended by locals for great neighborhood dining.
Conch Republic Seafood Company: At 631 Greene St., and overlooking the Historic Seaport and the Key West Marina, this is a casual bar and restaurant with great views of the boats.
Hogfish Bar and Grill: 6810 Front Street, on Stock Island, a short drive from Key West.
Santiago’s Bodega: Known for its tapas. 207 Petronia.
El Meson de Pepe: A Cuban restaurant, since 1985, on Mallory Square at 410 Wall St. It is geared more for tourists, but has a fun atmosphere.
Other restaurants recommended by our followers include:
Flaming Buoy Filet Co. Restaurant: At 1100 Packard St., it features steak and seafood.
La Creperie French Cafe: At 300 Petrona St.
Grand Café: Located in an old Victorian mansion at 314 Duval St., this restaurant as an extensive wine list along with creative American cuisine.
Blue Heaven: At 729 Thomas St., Blue Heaven is on many lists as a go-to spot. They are know for their breakfasts and Sunday brunch. They also have a bar and feature live music. I have to try the lobster benedict with key lime hollandaise!!
Bagatelle: At115 Duval St., this is a restuarant featuring breakfast, lunch, daily brunch and dinner.
Food & Wine Magazine, just came out with their recommended list of where to go in Key West. From my list, they recommended Half Shell, El Siboney, Hogfish Bar & Grill, Nine One Five, Pepe’s, Louie’s Backyard, Green Parrot Bar in addition to Glazed Donuts, and Cafe Marquesa. I’ll just have to go back soon!!!
Two Friends Patio Restaurant is known for its seafood, steaks and burgers. It is one of the oldest taverns in town. Other popular restaurants include the Thirsty Mermaid featuring locally sourced seafood, salads and a raw bar, plus craft beers & wine and A & B Lobster House, a popular spot on the dock since 1947 at 700 Front St. known for its Oysters Rockefeller.
Check out the Rum Bar located at 1117 Duval St.at the Speakeasy Inn. It is known for it rum drinks including the famed rum runner cocktail.