Restaurants in Key West
Like the rest of the Keys, the three main food groups in Key West seem to be fresh seafood, tropical fruit and key lime pie—with the fourth food group perhaps being the margarita. While Duval Street has no shortage of familiar brand names, Old Town is a good place to find more locally inspired cuisine. Head to one, or a few, of the best Key West restaurants.
Housed in an oceanfront Victorian house, Louie’s Backyard is a Caribbean-American restaurant and a local favorite for more than three decades. You can dine inside, with white tablecloths and wood-shuttered windows, or sit on the multilevel deck overlooking the Old Bahama Channel. Using locally caught seafood and produce grown specifically for Louie’s by Island Farms, longstanding chef Doug Shook creates fresh, seasonal (and pricey) dishes like Bahamian conch chowder and seared yellowfin tuna with wasabi sweet soy. The Paseo is a casual Key West restaurant with Caribbean feel, with its Cuban sandwiches and bowls of home-cooking-style pork, black beans, and grilled corn. B.O’s Fish Wagon is a funky shack that nicely embodies that Margaritaville mindset, with its mishmash of ripped fishing nets, no sniveling signs, and a rusted truck. The conch fritters are superb, too. For a great spot for a slice of pie and local margaritas, try The Rooftop Café. This elegant Key West restaurant is just a few blocks from Mallory Square and the festivities that accompany the daily sunset.
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