Memorable | One of the Best
Fisherman’s Cafe | Best Key West Locals’ Favorite
Review by: Michael Stern
Bright Taste of Key West
Key West does not lack colorful eateries. Fisherman’s Cafe ranks among the jolliest. A Key West locals’ favorite, it delivers true Conch Republic ambience along with a menu of regional delights.
Dine al Fresco
To call it a cafe tests the meaning of the word. Don’t look for any indoor seats. You’ll find only a few outdoor tables. They’re positioned between the shack’s walk-up order window and the Lazy Way footpath along Key West’s Seaport. Whether you plan to eat at one of those tables or take it elsewhere, all food comes in a brown paper bag, to go.
Lunch: Seafood and More
At lunch, the menu features such local seafood favorites as conch salad, a hogfish sandwich, Florida lobster tacos, and pink shrimp. Those who don’t want seafood can choose a hamburger or a vegetarian black bean burger. Something called an Island Bowl consists of beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and jalapenos. To make it into a hearty meal, get it topped with steak, pork, chicken, or chorizo sausage. On the side, yuca fries and fried plantains are stand-outs.
Breakfast Is the Best Meal of the Day
Fisherman’s Cafe is an especially happy place early in the morning. As the Seaport wakes up, its character as a Key West locals’ favorite blossoms. Starting at 7am. The breakfast menu offers a marvelous breakfast Cuban. That’s a break-of-day variation of a traditional Cuban mix. It contains roast pork and chorizo, Swiss cheese and eggs, black bean spread, and a sprinkle of green onions. A less grand alternative breakfast sandwich is sesame guava toast: guava paste and cream cheese on sesame seed-dotted, press-toasted Cuban bread.
Key West coffee is terrific. Choose from among regular American coffee, cafe con leche, and powerhouse shots of bold Cuban coffee, known as bucci.
|Seasons||Summer, Fall, Winter|
|Meals Served||Breakfast, Lunch|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|