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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. El Siboney was a chief after whom the restaurant is named.
"The walls of El Siboney are decorated with images of Indians. El Siboney was a chief after whom the restaurant is named."
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



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