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El Siboney

900 Catherine St., Key West, FL - (305) 296-4184
Posted By John Clevenger on 7/10/2014 9:04:00 AM
Speaking with the locals, who refer to themselves as "conchs", they consider El Siboney "the place conchs take other conchs to dinner". And why not? On a quiet street away from the honky tonks on Duval, El Siboney is unassuming but the food is exceptional, fast and reasonably priced.

I ordered the half garlic chicken "the island way" with yellow rice, black beans and plantains. Modelo Especial. The chicken arrived butterflied with a crispy skin, juicy meat and sweet onions on top. The garlic was subtle but evident, with a smoky sweet taste. Rice was good, beans also, but best when you spoon the beans and broth over the rice. Service was fast and friendly and the price for a full plate of food and two beers? $18. Unheard of in Key West! No wonder the place was hopping. Come early or be prepared to wait, but it will be worth it.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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The Cuban mix: a warm Caribbean dagwood of ham, salami, pork, and cheese, garnished with lettuce and tomato, all in a brittle-crisp length of Cuban bread
"The Cuban mix: a warm Caribbean dagwood of ham, salami, pork, and cheese, garnished with lettuce and tomato, all in a brittle-crisp length of Cuban bread"
Michael Stern





Similar to chili, picadillo is a spicy ground-beef dish that usually contains olives. It is served like so many Cuban specialties, with yellow rice and caramelized plantains. Black beans come in a separate bowl.
"Similar to chili, picadillo is a spicy ground-beef dish that usually contains olives. It is served like so many Cuban specialties, with yellow rice and caramelized plantains. Black beans come in a separate bowl."
Michael Stern


The walls of El Siboney are decorated with images of Indians.
"The walls of El Siboney are decorated with images of Indians."
Michael Stern


Off the beaten path in Key West, El Siboney has long been a place where locals and savvy tourists go for excellent, inexpensive Cuban meals.
"Off the beaten path in Key West, El Siboney has long been a place where locals and savvy tourists go for excellent, inexpensive Cuban meals."
Michael Stern


Ice tea is served the island way: garnished with a wedge of lime.
"Ice tea is served the island way: garnished with a wedge of lime."
Michael Stern


The pulled pork was tender and sprinkled with lime juice.
"The pulled pork was tender and sprinkled with lime juice."
Stephen Rushmore



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