Key West likes to call itself The Conch Republic, meaning its culture is unique, like a nation unto itself. Foodwise, that means a wonderful, crazy mix of restaurants that reflect the Caribbean and the Deep South with flavors that range from traditional to off-the-map creative. The best hidden gems in Key West include six Roadfood favorites that offer memorable tastes of the Key.
McDuffy's is a shaved ice truck that is a welcome refresher on a hot Florida day. In addition to flavored syrups, condensed milk adds richness to the cooler.
El Siboney is a cool, clean and pleasant restaurant that serves Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. A Key West, Florida, best bet!
A rowdy restaurant bar on Key West's old waterfront, the Half Shell is great place to taste conch chowder, steamed crabs and oyster po boys.
Pepe's boasts it is “the eldest eating house in the Florida Keys.” Its 3-meal-a-day menu ranges from fresh bread every morning to steak & oysters at dinner.
A romantic Key West dining spot overlooking the Ocean, Louie's serves stylish Caribbean food in a laid-back way. Don't miss: Key lime pie on gingersnap crust.
House motto: "Blue Heaven: you don’t have to die to get there." The outdoor terrace is a magical place for breakfast (or lunch or supper) on Key West.