Posts Tagged ‘Key West restaurants’


Posted on January 11, 2016 - by

Hayley Snow Eats Key West: part 3

Lots of folks write to ask me for restaurant recommendations in Key West. I couldn’t do any better than Hayley Snow. So here are a few of her favorites:
Death with All the Trimmings copy 2from DEATH WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS:

Kojin Noodle Shop, Southard Street

“Then I roughed out a review of the Kojin Noodle shop–its light and savory dumplings, irresistible cold sesame noodles with shrimp, and the more adventurous pho and dragon bowl. I pulled the container of dumplings out of the bag, offered one to Wally, and then dragged another through a pool of spicy sauce and popped it into my mouth. Instant ecstasy.”

Latitudes, Sunset Key

“I tweaked my lead-in paragraph, which was all about the setting: the short ride across the harbor to Sunset Key on the private people ferry, the palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights, the flickering torches lining the path that lead to the restaurant, the aura of wealth and privilege. Then I moved on to the amazing, spicy, condiment-laden, bloody Mary–thinking I could use one of them before facing Ava. ”

Coles Peace Bakery, Eaton Street

“The lunch rush was in full swing, including a cluster of women ordering holiday pies and platters of Christmas cookies. I wormed my way to the counter, paid, and grabbed my sandwiches. The tantalizing smells of mustard and roasted pork and dill pickles called to me all the way over to the police station.”

Fatal ReservationsFrom FATAL RESERVATIONS:

Firefly, Petronia Street

“My eye caught on pimento cheese with spiced saltine crackers and a plate of fried green tomatoes–was it too early in the day for pimento cheese? My mouth watered at the prospect, which I took as a definitive no. Eric and I did the best we could with all the food that was delivered. The fried chicken with a thin crisp waffle and spicy maple syrup was my favorite, although Eric was crazy about the cheese grits and the kale salad.”

Old Town Bakery, Eaton Street

“I drove by the Old Town Bakery this morning and they had a special sandwich on their chalkboard. Italian with ham, soppressada, basil pesto, fontina, spinach, and tomato. On one of their homemade French bread loaves. Doesn’t that sound like heaven?”
“Absolutely. Dessert?” I asked.
“I’m on a diet,” he said, his voice halting and mournful. “I have to tap everything I eat into this smartphone app that adds the calories up on the spot. I think I’m already over the limit for today.”
“So the chocolate OMG brownie?”

And a few more suggestions:

Pepe’s Café, 806 Caroline Street, homey and cute

The Café, a mostly vegetarian place, 509 Southard Street, love their food, setting isn’t much

Salute! On the beach, 1000 Atlantic Blvd., can’t beat the setting

Coles Peace Artisan Bakery, 1111 Eaton St, carry out yummy sandwiches

Santiago’s Bodega, 207 Petronia St, little plates

Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas St, KW classic, courtyard seating with chickens

El Siboney, 900 Catherine St, homestyle Cuban comfort food, filling but not fancy

And here are a few others in a previous post


Posted on March 23, 2014 - by

LUCY BURDETTE’S KEY WEST RESTAURANT RECOMMENDATIONS, Part 1

B.O’s Fishwagon
801 Caroline Street

Fried grouper with a nice green salad or black beans and rice, grilled scallops with fried onions and a side salad, Mother’s Finest burger, fish sandwich, fried shrimp. Outdoors and casual

Hayley Snow says: for visitors yearning for a taste of quintessential Key West. Go on a warm day and don’t look too closely at the dirt floors and rough wooden tables and you’ll find yourself picnicking in comfort food heaven. B.O.’s calls its burger Mother’s Finest, and I have to agree. Order it grilled medium with the works—and prepare for a four-napkin feast. AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

Bad Boy Burrito
1220 ½ Simonton Street

Fish tacos, fresh-squeezed limeade, beef, chicken, or vegetarian burritos with your choice of toppings plus rice, beans all tucked inside. NO SEATING except for one bench on the sidewalk—take your loot to the beach!

Hayley Snow says: Fast food doesn’t have to mean greasy, bland, or caloric. Some of the absolute most mouth-watering food in Key West gets carried out of Bad Boy Burrito in a paper sack. AN APPETITE FOR MURDER

La Creperie
300 Petronia Street

Greek salad in a buckwheat crepe, Croque Monsieur, amazing dessert crepes, sidewalk seating

Hayley Snow says: The waitress delivered our meals: Greek salads thick with feta cheese and Niçoise olives folded into buckwheat pancakes, a spinach and mushroom omelet, and the ham and cheese sandwich crowned with an egg over easy and an order of french fries on the side. “Besides, if the conference sponsors aren’t happy,” Sigrid said, plunging her knife into the sandwich so that yoke flowed like yellow lava over the ham onto the crunchy stalks of potato, “Dustin’s out of a job.” DEATH IN FOUR COURSES

Louie’s Backyard
700 Waddell Street

Sandwiches, salads, big plates, and a stunning setting on the Atlantic Ocean. Upstairs they serve small plates with a great view, but no reservations are taken.

Hayley Snow says: I could hear the waves rolling in, and the grace notes above that—tinkling glasses and laughing guests. Louie’s Backyard appeared down the block, a pink-sided building with white trim and white lights wound around the small property’s palm trees. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES



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