Fisherman’s Cafe is only barely a cafe. There are no indoor seats and only a few outdoor tables 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 is presented in a brown paper bag, to go.
The lunchtime menu includes such local seafood favorites as conch salad, hogfish sandwich, Florida lobster tacos, and pink shrimp. Among non-seafood items are burgers (or vegetarian black bean burgers), yuca fries and fried plantains, and an Island Bowl of beans, pico de gallo, avocado, and jalapenos available topped with steak, pork, chicken, or chorizo.
Fisherman’s Cafe is a jolly place early in the morning as the Seaport is waking up. It opens at 7am, when the menu features a marvelous breakfast Cubano, which is a break-of-day variation of a traditional Cuban mix. This one contains roast pork and chorizo, Swiss cheese and eggs, black bean spread, and a sprinkle of green onions. A less grand alternative is sesame guava toast: guava paste and cream cheese on sesame seed-dotted, press-toasted Cuban bread.
Coffee is terrific. There are regular American coffee, cafe con leche, and powerhouse shots of bold Cuban coffee, known as bucci.