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. Here are a dozen Roadfood favorites that offer a memorable tastes of the Key.
Fresh (fresh!) fish at its finest makes extremely casual Eaton Street Seafood an essential Key West food-lover's destination. Stone crabs in season are a must.
El Siboney is an out-of-the-way restaurant serving Cuban lunch and early dinner, mostly to locals. A Key West, Florida, hidden gem!
A rowdy restaurant bar on Key West's old waterfront, the Half Shell is great place to enjoy cracked conch, fresh oysters, and tropical libations.
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.
At the Key West seaport, Fisherman's Cafe is a casual walk-up eatery serving Conch eats to go or to enjoy at al fresco tables. Open early for breakfast.
A more secluded version of Key West's fine French bakery serves the best pastries in town. Egg breakfasts, bread, coffee & smoothies all are grand.
Cuban street food, traditional and wildly creative, is served in a colorful Key West shack. The Frita burger and Cuban sandwich variations are memorable.
Creative, from-scratch donuts are big and intriguingly delicious at this simple Key West storefront shop. A breakfast must for sweet tooths.
Utterly fresh seafood & clever cocktails served under sun by the water on a colorful marina make Hurricane Hole a dreamy destination at the edge of Key West.
Hogfish Bar & Grill offers a happy, casual, tropical-themed taste of Florida-Keys life, including superb local seafood and masterfully mixed cocktails.