Wednesday, October 17, 2018

La Creperie Key West is a Bucket List Must

Oui! Oui! Let Them Eat Crepes!

That warm and welcoming smile you see in the photo is La Creperie restaurant owner Julie De Cock. It's obvious when you see her in action that she takes pride
in her restaurant. Making sure that every plate is a piece of art, she creates a mouth-watering dish that will leave you craving for more. Julie uses organic and non-GMO ingredients when they are available so you know you're always getting the best ingredients. 

Julie and her husband Laurent, who also own Viv Wine & Cheese Bar next door are the perfect couple who share an equal passion for food, wine, and of course Key West. Their desire to bring their old world wine and food knowledge to Key West has made La Creperie one of the best-loved restaurants on the island. 

La Creperie is a local and tourist favorite. Guests even go as far as to put their visit to La Creperie Restaurant on their  Key West Bucket List, distinguishing La Creperie as a tourist hotspot like the Southernmost Point or The Harry Truman White house. You will never be disappointed tasting her delicious crepes, omelets, or anything else delectable that's on La Creperie's menu. 

There’s something magical about La Creperie; warm, welcoming,
and simply delightful. You feel like you’re in a warm and tropical French Bistro, where you can relax and stop and smell the roses... or in this case, crepes. Delicious and heavenly crepes. 

La Creperie is simply magnificent! Come see for yourself. Located in Bahama Village, directly across from another Key West bucket list, Blue Heaven. Bon Appetit! 

by Marjorie Spoto - CEO

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

So Many Choices! Which Watersport Company in Key West Do I Book With?

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With so many options in on what to do for water recreation, you may be confused. Do you want to snorkel, knee board, waterski, ride the banana boat, jetski, parasail? Well, Sunset Watersports makes it so easy for you! All you need to do is get on the Do It All Watersports Adventure Trip and viola! You're doing it all! 

Did we mention that you a free Grilled Lunch? They have  BBQ pork sandwiches, hot dogs, chicken nuggets, veggies & dipping tray,  potato salad, french fries,chips and soft drinks. So what are you waiting for? It's a no-brainer! Go to Sunset Watersports! Go to: for more information and booking.


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Monday, August 20, 2018

10 Most Romantic Key West Things to Do

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We all know Key West is the Party Capital of the World, but lest we forget how utterly romantic it is too. If you want to take a break from the wild shenanigans of Duval Street, do yourself a favor and experience Key West in an equally unforgettable way. This is romance that rivals any Hollywood movie, because this is real. This is true romance. This is Key West.

1. Watch the Sunset on the beach

There is nothing more soul-rejuvenating than the beach. You can spend the day under a cabana

looking at the brilliant blue waters. But we want to tell you how utterly romantic a sunset on the beach is here in Key West. The sky puts on a breathtaking show that begins at sundown. That giant, glorious orange ball of the sun will slowly descend into the brilliant blue sea, sending strands of purple, pink, and yellow up into a sky that sparkles with a million twinkling stars. Sharing the view with a special someone will create memories of a lifetime. Promise.

2. Kiss underwater

(You can probably do more than kiss, but you didn’t hear it from us!)
You’ll have to take off your snorkel to do it. Yes, that means we want you to try snorkeling in the glorious keys with your honey. Key West is home to the only living coral reef in the U.S., which means you are promised a breathtaking view of a rainbow of sealife under water. With the sunlight shimmering in the water and the beautiful colors all around, what better place to plant a wet one on your sweetie?

3. Feed each other oysters

Do the math: Oysters (nature’s aphrodisiac) + Key West (the most romantic place on earth) = The MOST Romantic Date you will ever have. Oh, and don’t forget to wash them down with some champagne. Here are some of our favorite places for oysters in Key West: Half Shell Raw Bar, Alonzo’s Oyster Bar, The Stoned Crab, Sunset Pier, Conch Republic. Thank us later!

4. Rent a Scooter

Hop on a scooter with your sweetie at your back, and cruise around the island tandem style. There is nothing more romantic than heading to the southern-most tip of the island, enjoying the crystal blue vista (and possibly spotting Cuba in the distance!) and making out with your sweetheart under the brilliant blue sky.

5. Sunset sail

It’s a cinematic and spectacular scene: you step aboard a gorgeous schooner, share a glass of bubbly, and watch the golden sun sink into the pink horizon. The stars emerge in the night sky, and you both contemplate the amazing day you shared in magical Key West. Could there possibly be anything more romantic than that?

6. His and Hers Massages

Enjoying a massage together is an especially sensual and romantic date that you will remember for years to come. After a long day of swimming, or kayaking or dancing the night away, it can’t get any better than a fantastic massage with you sweetie at your side enjoying the same thing. You can have a massage in a quiet, candle-lit spa, or you can enjoy it al fresco on the beach. Either way, you will both be ready to enjoy another day in Paradise after your professional massage brings you to the deepest level of serenity. What could be more romantic than that?

7. Kayak on the Gulf of Mexico

Aaahhh, just the two of you, the paddle, the sounds of water lapping…nothing spells romance like
kayaking in the hideaway of the back country waters on the Gulf of Mexico. This Key West waterscape is like being in another world. You can hear yourself think here, you can enjoy each other’s company without fighting to be heard in a noisy bar, and you can enjoy the day doing something totally different and unexpected. Super romantic.

8. Parasail together

You’ve most likely spent each day in Key West either on the sand or under the water, so why not try a little sky-high romance? Soar in the silence above brilliant green waters, enjoy the gentle breeze and turquoise sky while watching dolphins jump below, view the sailboats and skyline, or even a glimpse of your hotel in the distance. If you ride tandem, you can enjoy all this holding hands. This is bliss. And since you're going to Parasail in Key West, you may as well do it with the BEST; Sunset Watersports.

9. Jetski

So you’ve had your nice, quiet kayak day in the Gulf (see number 4). Now for a totally different kind of day on the water, try renting a jetski for two and share an exhilarating ride around the entire island! Like a motorcycle for the water, jetskis have been a popular activity choice for Key West vacationers for years. Many tours offer a pit-stop at a sand bar to enjoy the vistas, to take a dip in the water, and just to enjoy the view.

10. Have a candlit dinner on the beach

Nothing like enjoying some amazing Key West food at a dinner table where you can feel the sand in your toes. Candles, sunset, ocean views, the sound of the breeze and waves…I mean, come on, this just screams romance. We promise you this will be a night you will not likely forget, and will rival anything Clark Gable could have dished up to Vivien Leigh back in the day. Whether you want to pop the question or rekindle the fires of your decades-long romance, this is the place to do it. Find your Key West Beach at! Your Online Source for where to stay, what to do, where to eat, and where the party is in Key West, Florida.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Unique Things You Can Only Do In Key West Florida

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Unique Things You Can Only Do In Key West

Anyone can party on Duval fact, that's probably the biggest reason you've planned your trip to Key West. It's fun, and with the right people, it can be one of the best partying you can have. What we want to talk about is unique to only Key West. We have a list of things that you can only do in Key West that you can't do anywhere else.

Here is our list of the top 14 Unique Things that you can only do in Key West:

The park is renowned for its marine life, pirate legends, historic stories, white sandy beaches and of course, the Great Florida Barrier Reef. Get there by Seaplane, Key West Seaplane Adventures, or by boat, but it's definitely one of the most amazing places you will ever see.

2. Tour Ernest Hemingway's house
Whether you're a fan of Hemingway's writing, his outdoorsy lifestyle or you like six-toed cats, then you must see the house that Ernest Hemingway wrote some of his most-famous works. It's very inspiring for all wanna-be writer's.  

 You probably haven't done a scavenger hunt as an adult quite like this one. Learn bits of Key West's history, drink in the most-famous bars, and laugh hysterically with your friends as you race to find the clues to win! It's a great way to see Key West in a unique way. 

The Originator of the Key West Ghost Tour, David Sloan will show you all of the haunted houses and tell the tales that will surely send goosebumps down your back...or is that a ghost touching you?! Go find out for yourself. It's unique to Key West and a must-do. 
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5. Take the Island 26 mile Island Tour Around Key West
Do the adventure of a lifetime and see Key West on a Jetski. We suggest Key West Water Tours (there are others, but go with the best!). Makes the best memories of fun and sun...and did we're on a freakin' jetski! Nothing better than that!

6. Go to the Southernmost Point
The most famous landmark in Key West. It's a must-do. Sometimes it's a wait to get your photo, but bring your beverage and wait and capture your famous image with this famous landmark. It's pretty cool standing in the southernmost point of the continental United States. 

7. Go to Mallory Square for Sunset
Key West is most famous for its amazing sunsets. Watching from Mallory Square, you will see street performers unique to Key West. You can buy a cold beverage and enjoy the show as you wait for sun to hit the horizon. 

The Florida Reef (also known as the Great Florida Reef) is the only living coral barrier reef in the continental United States. It is the third largest coral barrier reef system in the world and it's simply amazing to see. It's one to check off the ol' bucket list for sure. 

The waters are calm, the wildlife is plenty, and it's just you wand the shallow waters of Key West and the Lower Keys. We suggest Capt. Andrea Paulson with Reelax Charters. She knows all of the best places to get the  most out of your kayaking experience. 

10. Eat the best Key Lime Pie 
You decide on who makes the best one. There are so many different styles to choose from, it will be fun sampling Key West's unique dessert.    

11. Go have a margarita at the original Margaritaville
Margaritaville started in Key West  and you just need to have one in the original location so you can check it off of your bucket list and drink where it all started!

12. Go to the oldest bar in Key West 
Captain Tony's bar in Key West is officially the oldest bar in Key West. Did you know it used to be the original Sloppy Joe's Bar? Go and have an icy cold Rum Runner or beer and put your business card (or bra if you dare!) on the wall to mark that you've been to this famous landmark. 

13. Go to the Smallest Bar in Key West - see how many people you can fit in. 
Located right on Duval Street, The Smallest Bar is a famous landmark that you must go to. See how many friends you can fit into the bar and try to break the record. It's a blast and the drinks are always cold and refreshing. 
Smallest Bar in Key West

14. Go to the End Of The Road
Go to where US1 ends (and the Party Begins!) and get your photo taken at this famous landmark. And you may as well post it on your favorite social media and make all your friends back home jealous! 

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Thursday, July 26, 2018

10 Reasons Sun Is Good For You

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10 Reasons Sun Is Good For You

Key West Sunshine is good for your health! 

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Everyone loves the sun! Even back in the Stone Age people knew of the Sun's strength, even worshiping the strength and power they got from it. Sun can heal or hinder a life, depending on your use. Using sunscreen, you can enjoy all of the strength and power from the sun to your advantage. Here are the 10 reasons why the sun is good for you:

1. Sunlight helps in cases of chronic or acute depression. 

2. Sunlight improves your mood and moral Sunlight helps stimulate the synthesis of endorphins (good-feeling hormones). That's why we get depressed in the cold and dark days of the winter and are happy in the summertime.

3. The sun is good against insomnia. Daytime exposure to sunlight increases the melatonin production during the night. This hormone helps regulate the sleep. 

5. As vitamin D and some related compounds impede the development of some cancer cells, we can say the sun fights off this disease. Regular and controlled exposure to the sun has a preventive effect against cancer of colon, breast, leukemia and lymphomas. Under the action of the sunlight, the skin synthesizes vitamin D, which makes possible  calcium absorption in the intestine, helping the organism grow strong bones. This way the sun prevents Rachitism (Rickets) in both children and adults and osteoporosis in elders. 

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6. Exposure to the sun strengthens the cardiovascular system. Blood circulation is improved , the pulse, arterial pressure, moderately high glycemia and cholesterol levels can be normalized.  Many skin diseases (dermatitis) can be controlled and even cured through controlled exposure to the sun. he sun rays are proven to strengthen the immune system . 

7. Sun rays improve liver functioning, being effective in treating jaundice.

8. They help  the kidneys with a part of their job, as the sun waves favor the elimination of waste products through the skin, when we sweat.

9. The sun also helps losing weight by increasing the metabolic rate through the stimulation of the thyroid. It also eases symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. 

10. The sun rays also ease the healing of the swollen joints during peaks of inflammation in cases of arthritis.

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Saturday, March 31, 2018

Am I Drinking Wine in Key West or France?

Key West's Newest Wine Bar is the Perfect Epicurean Boutique

Key West is famous for their amazing food and wines, so it makes perfect sense that Vivez-Joyeux French wine bar in Bahama Village would be the most popular wine bar on the island.  If you're trying to escape the
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mayhem of Duval Street while in Key West, Vivez Joyeax is the perfect break to enjoy a glass of wine, cheese and meat charcuterie tucked cozily into a side street in Bahama Village.

Vivez-Joyeux (also known as Viv Key West Wine & Cheese bar) is a unique experience in Key West. Set in a city that's famous for being a food and wine city, this bar in Bahama Village shines as bright as the best in Key West. Unlike any other wine bar in on the island, it's refreshing uniqueness is a breath of fresh air. The wines are spectacular and surprisingly affordable (and I haven't even mentioned their happy hour specials yet), but it's the ambiance and energy that you get when you visit. Even if you've never been to France, it feels familiar and comfortable, as if you're at a tropical French Bisro & fromagerie...and the staff is your family.

When people think of wine, it's hard not to think of France. France is the point of origin for most of the world's most famous grape varieties. Cabernet and Merlot hail from Bordeaux, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Burgundy and Syrah, Grenache and Mourvedre from the Rhone Valley...and that's only mentioning a few.  Wine is made almost everywhere in France and is named and classified in a manner that would be confusing to the novice, (due to traditions and classifications). But, thank goodness, you don't have to know all that information to enjoy the delectable wines of France. Laurent Grimm, the owner of Vivez-joyeux and his well-versed staff will find you the perfect wine...simply by explaining what your palate desires, catapulting you to old world wine country of lavender and oak...and ridiculous deliciousness.

Go To Viv Key West Wine Bar Website

If you love pairing your wine with delicious meats and cheeses, love the French culture, love French wines and cheese, then you MUST visit Viv Wine & Cheese at least once while in Key West...or once a day day!). Just like with the wines, all you need to do is describe what type of cheese you like, and then Voila! You are tantalizing your taste buds with sheer delight! You also can just ask to pair some cheeses to the wine you chose and Vivez-Joyeux's waitstaff will choose for you.

To sum it up the atmosphere in five words...Quiet, intimate, delicious, comfortable and perfection! Add Vivez-Joyeux to your Key West bucket list. I would even bet that  you won't just stop by once.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Get The Most Out of a 3 Day Weekend In Key West

Get The Most Out Of A 3 Day Weekend in Key West

get the most of out of a 3 day weekend key westNow, this little island we call Key West, is more than just a party! This 126-mile drive from Miami that skips Key West, Florida! For many Florida Keys weekend visitors or day road-trippers, there are quite a few questions that arise; Where's the beach? Who has the best Rum Runner or Key Lime Pie? Where do the locals hang out? Where do I go for dinner? What watersport adventure do I choose? Well, here is a weekend plan that will make your trip to Key West fulfilling and leave you for wanting oh soooooo much more!
across an archipelago of 1,700-plus keys, islets and islands; vistas of breathtaking blue water, crossing from more than 40 bridge and osprey’s-eye view of coral reefs and tidal flats. Toss in kayaks, conch fritters, quirky diners, secret hot spots, unique characters and opulent hotels, and we can only be in one place—the

With only one weekend and so much to do, we can help you narrow down the many choices to help ensure you have the BEST weekend in Key West EVER!

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The Do It All Key West Watersport Adventure

Love the water? Love to snorkel? Kayak? Ride a Banana Boat? How about NOT choosing which
one and do them ALL! If you love the water, then you must hit Sunset Watersport's Do It All Watersports adventure! A day of watersports all in one day - without breaking the bank! And the best thing is, you'll have the memories of a lifetime!

Catch A Key West Sunset Sail

Going to Key West without seeing its legendary sunsets is like missing the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris. Sure, you can get plenty of pictures and time to ooh and aah at the Mallory Square sunset celebration, but why not get up close and personal with a sunset sail? Watching the Key West sun slide gently below the horizon is a beautiful experience, especially with your friends, family or sweetie by your side. Visit:

Jetski Around the Island of Key West

Yes, you heard it! You flew in and saw the island. Now, you MUST ride around the island! If you think this is fun, then you must do the "Ultimate Island Tour" with Key West Water Tours. They have an exciting 26 mile tour around Key West and neighboring islands. They have very fun guides who are experienced and professional. There are so many great things about this trip with Key West Water Tours (the best tour on the Island, btw)... how to choose? The waters are always warm and inviting! See the wildlife, sunsets, dolphins, famous landmarks as you jetski around Key West on the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean in one trip! You will, for sure, have a great time!

Romantic Sunset Sail or a Party Booze Cruise

Going to Key West without seeing its legendary sunsets is like missing the Eiffel Tower on a trip to Paris. Sure, you can get plenty of pictures and time to ooh and aah at the Mallory Square sunset celebration, but why not get up close and personal with a sunset sail? Watching the Key West sun slide gently below the horizon is a beautiful experience, especially with your friends, family or sweetie by your side. Visit:

Catch a Key West Sunset at Mallory Square

One show you don’t want to miss is the famous nightly sunset celebration on the Key West
waterfront. As the sun dips low over the Gulf of Mexico, crowds fill Mallory Square, once the anchorage of Keys’ pirates. Today the wharf is a scuttle of vendors, jugglers, escape artists, gymnasts, psychics and magicians, each holding their own spellbound audiences – all for the price of an applause (or the much-more appreciated tip).

Go On a Day Fishing Trip

Whether you're an expert at Key West fishing or you've never picked up a pole in your life, there are many fishing captains who can accommodate your fishing expertise (or lack thereof!). The fishing in Key West is so good, it's a rare day that you don't go out and actually catch something. The best thing is about can take your catch to many local restaurants and they will cook your fish up (inexpensively!) for your dinner. Find your fishing captain here:

Ride the Famous Conch Tour Train

This classic sightseeing train has been around long enough to give Key West legend Ernest Hemingway a ride! It’s actually a motorized trolley on wheels rather than a train, and it will take you around to every major sight on the Island with an entertaining guided tour. It’s a great way to get a feel for the town, and to enjoy the sights without having to exert yourself. The staff is super friendly, and the company prides itself on an enjoyable ride – so much so, they offer a no-questions-asked, money back guarantee. You can also purchase a photo of you and your traveling companions on the train as a souvenir!

Full or Half Day Snorkel or Dive Trip

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sunsets? Rent a boat? Booze Cruise? Snorkel? Dive? Parasail? Whatever your heart's desire, Key West has everything you could possibly want to do on the water! Visit:

Stroll Along the Famous Duval Street

Feeling like just taking in the scenery and laying low for the day? Well, take a stroll along the famous Duval Street is a definite must. Duval Street is to Key West what Bourbon Street is to New Orleans. In other words, it’s the center of all the action! This street stretches the width of the Island – from Gulf to ocean – and along it you will find a slew of bars, restaurants, shops and cafes. This is the ultimate Key West party experience, and as you stroll, you can stop every few feet to cool off at an outdoor bar with an ice cold frozen libation under refreshing water misters.

Key West Bars and Nightlife

And last, but never, ever least...we get to the party! After spending the day doing watersports,
enjoying the beach, or relaxing with a book by your hotel's pool, it’s time to let your hair down and embrace the outrageousness of the Conch Republic’s capital that we call Key West! You can hit up the local favorite hot spots like Schooner's Wharf, Conch Republic Seafood aka The Conch Farm, and the Half Shell Raw Bar and drink like a local. There are many favorite watering holes in Key West. If you ask Key West lover's, every person has a favorite bar. A favorite bar (and must-stop) is the Smallest Bar in Key to see how many people you can fit in at once...and then get that famous photo to brag!

For most people, though, Key West partying means hitting Old Town’s Duval Street, crowded big-name bars like Sloppy Joe’s, Hog's Breath, the Bull & Whistle, Captain Tony's, Willy T's and Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville. If you can hit all of these famous bars in one night, it's called the Duval Crawl! Get your crawl on!

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Monday, March 19, 2018

The Most Exciting Way To See Key West is From a Jetski!

The BEST way to see Key West is on a Jetski

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Welcome to Key West Water Tours, Go for a 26 miles, 2 hours jet ski guided tour around Key West
or rent a jet ski at our rental hut in Stock Island, Key West.

Want to see more of Key West than just Duval Street? What better way than to join Key West Water Tours
for their “Ultimate Island Tour”! A 26 mile, 2 hour guided tour around Key West and neighboring islands.

The “Ultimate Island Tour” has something for everyone. Along the way our guides will be stopping at several spots such as the Southernmost Point, the historic Key West Harbor, and the submarine pits and will give a little history of Key West. Plus you get a FREE BEER when you're done with the tour!

For the nature lovers our knowledgeable guides will be taking you through a mangrove creek and the shallow water ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.

You’ll also have the opportunity to see native wildlife along the way such as jellyfish, urchins, stingrays, turtles, herons, egrets, cormarants, and the occasional dolphin and manatee!

For the adrenaline junkies there will be plenty of play time in both the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean!

Sunset Tour times are subject to change depending on the season.Don't have time to do the Ultimate Island Tour? Rent your own Waverunner /Jetski and see the beautiful waters of Key West on your own! Breathe in the excitement as you race from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back to the Atlantic. Breathe in the excitement as you race from the Atlantic Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico and back to the Atlantic.  The owners of Key West Water Tours have been operating in Key West for over 20 years. Their experience will ensure you and your family an unforgetable trip. We are the best on the island!

10am Tour: SPECIAL PRICE $109 per machine.
12:30pm and 3:30pm Tours: $119 Morning $139 Afternoon Tour
6:00pm Sunset Tour: $139 per machine.

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Monday, January 1, 2018


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Pack the feedbag, kids, because Key West is where you will surely indulge your every taste bud. We, the staff of Party in Key West, have sampled just about every culinary crumb this gorgeous little island has to offer, so trust us when we say we know where you should be eating!

Belly up and dig in to our Top 12 Must Eats:

12. El' Sibone
What’s not to love about Cuban chow on the cheap? This family-owned, cozy little eatery is located in heart of Old Town Key West. Escape the craziness of Duval Street and have a seat at a table among locals. Key West is a stone’s throw to Cuba, so there is no better place to sample authentic Cuban cuisine in the U.S. than here. Dig into classic delectable like chicken and yellow rice, pepper steak, oxtail, as well as everyday award-winning dishes like Roast Pork, Paella Valenciana, and Siboney Steak. Go there now, thank us later! Click Here To Go To Website./

11. Blue Heaven
This is the place you want to go to experience real Key West living. Famous Key West chickens 
and cats roam the grounds, and you can dine al fresco under a canopy made of a sail and surrounded by cute and quirky décor. There is an indoor dining room as well, if hanging out with the chickens isn’t your thing. Enjoy live music and serious (and we mean serious) island-style cuisine like Jamaican jerk chicken, Caribbean shrimp deglazed with Red Stripe (Um, hello? It is as amazing as it sounds!), and finish off the meal with a sublime Key Lime Pie. There is also a fantastic vegetarian menu that even local meat-eaters drool over. Click Here To Go To Website.

10. Tavern N Town (located in the Marriott Key West)
You wouldn’t think a hotel restaurant it a must-go, but trust us, you haven’t had a seafood dinner til you’ve sampled the Plancha Pink Shrimp and Sea Scallops, served with bourbon mashed yams. And what about the gourmet pizzas with toppings like lobster in lemon cream or the housemade fennel sausage? The atmosphere is luxurious and simple. When you come, try to get a table in front of the Tapas Theater Kitchen, where you can watch gifted chefs create their works of art. Click Here To Go To Website.

9. Grand Cafe
Step back in time as you dine within a gorgeous Victorian mansion. Lunch in the garden, enjoy a dinner looking at the stars on the wraparound porch, or sit in the air-conditioned dining room. Either way, you are destined for a culinary treat with beautifully presented and diverse dishes like tomato bisque with jumbo lump crabmeat, clams in garlic, wine, and butter, spicy Thai Curry, and Steak au Poivre. The beautiful café also hosts weddings, if dinner isn’t the only thing you had planned. Click Here To Go To Website.

8. Pepe's
First of all, this place rocks because it is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year. That is something to behold. Secondly, they serve all meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Thirdly, they have a kick-butt, daily happy hour with fresh margaritas and oysters. Fourth, they have killer desserts including famous Key Lime pie. Fifth, it’s casual, fun, with huge portions, and a fantastic atmosphere filled with locals. Sixth, what more could you want in a restaurant? We pretty much covered it! Click Here To Go To Website.

7. Azur
This is your go-to place for Mediterranean delicacies. You can enjoy lunch, dinner, and dolmas (Greek for small plates, which you can share with friends). We are big fans of their beautiful brunch menu. Dig this: Key Lime stuffed French Toast, Crab Cake BLT, eggs of any style served with chewy, thick slices of Ciabatta toast, and mimosas to die for. The lunch and dinner menus boast fluffy bites of heaven like gnocchi with slow braised beef, and some of the most delicious homemade hummus and crispy eggplant chips you will ever taste. Click Here To Go To Website.

6. 915
Here is a not-too-miss eatery located right on Duval Street, so you can enjoy a killer dinner and people watch all at the same time. 915 boasts a beautiful wine list, with pairings for every course. Presentation is taken very seriously at this local’s foodie heaven, and your eyes as well as your tastebuds will feast on specialties like the impressive crispy whole Yellowtail Snapper, luscious, seafood feast called Soul Mama Soup, and Liberty Duck Confit with faro salad and fried kale. The beautiful and elegant eatery has also become a top choice for private parties. Click Here To Go To Website.

5. Michael 's
The restaurant describes itself as “casual island elegance,” and we couldn’t have said it better. Located in Old Town, among the charming back streets of the city, you will enjoy the quiet oasis that is Michael’s. The famous warm chocolate volcano is out-of-control delicious. Just go there for the dessert and you will have died and gone to foodie heaven. But don’t skip the meal or you will have missed the famous Michael’s veal chop, grilled scallop salad, pepper encrusted tuna, and Allen Brothers Steaks, which are practically celebrity status on this island. Pair it all with a killer wine menu and you will need nothing more than a stroll under the stars to walk off the meal. Click Here To Go To Website.

4. Louie 's Backyard
It almost seems too good to be true: a backyard that offer breathtaking ocean views along with
some of the most delicious food on the planet? Yes. Trust us. If there is a celeb to be seen in Key West, you will probably see them here. So talk about bang for your buck! The Upper Deck is where you go for wine and small plates like fried artichokes and lemons, Korean pork and duck sliders, and toasted pesto gnocci. Dine in the Backyard for some of the most exquisite seafood entrees in Key West, like pan-roasted Salmon, Sweet Soy-glazed tuna, local Pink Shrimp with grits. This place is on the National Register of Historic Places, so it is an architectural as well as culinary delight .Click Here To Go To Website.

3. La Trattoria
Come get your grub on Goodfella style with the classic Italian eatery that’s been here for over 30 years. With local seafood, fresh, authentic pasta dishes like Bolognese sauce and seafood ravioli, you can be guaranteed a good, old-fashioned Italian meal in the heart of charming Old Town. The also have a fantastic Martini menu and $5 Martini happy hour. Fuggedaboudit, this is as good as it gets. Click Here To Go To Website.

2. Santiago Bodega
Sometimes all you need is a glass of wine and a few tapas to take you to another world. Come with some friends or a special someone to share a menu of small plates to tickle your culinary fancy. This is sensual food, so you can’t go wrong here if you are looking for a romantic dinner. Feed each other bites of goat cheese-stuffed dates, grilled shrimp and chorizo, or bites of cold meats and cheese plates, while you sip some of the most exquisite wines on the island, and consider yourself in Paradise. Click Here To Go To Website.

1. Cafe Marquesa
This is Zagat’s highest-rated restaurant in Key West for a reason. No visit to this island would be complete without dinner at this upscale, New American eatery, located in the Marquesa Hotel. Do yourself a favor and make a reservation before you even step off the plane. This is special occasion dining to the max (although we consider just coming to Key West a special occasion!) and every bite will make you feel that special. Unique and artistic fare, first-rate service, romantic atmosphere: it’s all here. Chef Graham Dailey's selects the finest seasonal and local seafood, produce and other ingredients, so the menu changes from season to season. Some unforgettable staples include Macadamia Crusted Yellowtail Snapper, Proscuitto Wrapped Black Angus Filet, and Conch & Blue Crab Cakes. A nightcap and a stroll around the stunning hotel grounds—complete with richly landscaped pools, rock waterfalls, and peaceful gardens—is the ultimate romantic night out. Click Here To Go To Website. 

Article by Dianne Ackerman


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