Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Key West {Best Restaurants}

One of the greatest things about our trip was all of the amazing food we ate.  Being able to sit and enjoy a restaurant is a rare treat for most parents, including us!  Appetizers, wine, main courses and desserts were tasted, savored, and enjoyed during our trip.  I do not think we had a bad meal the entire week and for anyone that might be heading to Key West anytime soon, I wanted to share some of our very favorites!

Salute
This restaurant came as a recommendation on our first night in town from the bellmen at our hotel, Casa Marina.  They told us it was a "hole-in-the-wall" kind of place, but as we walked up this was the view we saw.


Really?  I mean, it was seriously like paradise.  And with porch seating available this was our view for our entire dinner.  We feasted on appetizers, wine, Seafood and Italian main dishes, and flavorful desserts.  This whole in the wall place was very unassuming and was absolutely delicious!  I would highly recommend it!


Mangia Mangia
This Italian restaurant is a little off the beaten path, but came recommended by the locals, so we knew it would be good.  They make all of they own pasta and offer seafood, meats and sauces galore.  Everyone enjoyed the bread and appetizers and I don't think anyone could finish their meals because of the large portions.  We sipped on wine, sat outside under the pretty lit courtyard, and dined on dishes that were delicious.

Prime Steakhouse
We took a break from our pasta and seafood meals to try out a steakhouse that had been recommended by frequent travelers to the area.  This place was situated in a tucked away location, but a quick and easy walk from the heart of Key West and well worth those extra steps.  It was probably the nicest meal we had during our stay and 6 out of 8 of us had the fillet.  It was amazing!!!  I'm kind of picky about how my steak is cooked, but mine came out perfectly and I savored every last bite.  The table shared several large sides and there was not one I could pick out as my favorite.  If you are looking to get out of our swimsuit and get a little dressed up for nice meal, this is the place!



Conch Republic Seafood Company 
Located right at the docks of the Key West marina, this casual restaurant has the freshest of the fresh seafood.  From coconut shrimp and crab cake appetizers to fresh fish sandwiches and lobster bisque soup, the food is plentiful and definitely fresh.  The views cannot be beat and seeing the boats coming and going never gets old.


Each evening they offer live music and 2-for-1 happy hour specials making this a great spot to grab lunch, a quick appetizer and drinks, or a casual dinner.

Pepe's Cafe
Another off the beaten path spot that holds lots of Key West history, this cafe is one with the most eclectic feel and the most history.  They offer lunch and dinner, but are most well-known for their breakfast and brunch, which is what we had. Whether it be french toast piled high with fresh fruit, made-to-order omelets and breakfast wraps or fresh squeezed orange juice and homemade signature breads, this place will offer something for everyone.  There was a steady line of people trying to get a seat for brunch the day we visited and the scent of Coconut - Key Lime bread that tasted more like pound cake was filling the the restaurant with it's heavenly scent.

Kermit's Key Lime Pie Shoppe
You cannot go to Key West without tasting some Key Lime Pie.  Every restaurant has it on the dessert menu and most bars have signature drink boasting the famous flavor.  However, if you want the real-deal stuff, Kermit's is the place to go.  With it's original location in "Old Key West" and a newer location on Duval Street, no matter where you are their sweet goodness is accessible.  You can buy it by the slice or buy a whole pie and it is so sweet and rich that for me who doesn't really put key lime pie at the top of my dessert favorites, a bite is more than enough.  And don't walk in there thinking you are only going to taste some pie.  They have key lime flavored everything.  From BBQ sauces and salsas to cookies and flavored peanuts, there are tons of options to take home and enjoy.



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