Key West: A Great Getaway for Seafood Lovers
Some of us have been foodies before the descriptive name became popular because we just like to eat delicious and well-made food, and there may be no better place to do that than in Florida’s Key West. The spectacular location of the island city has allowed for the most unique culinary cross-pollination from global cuisines, and now it’s possible to find just about any kind of flavor across the island. Here are some of the most exciting itinerary to-dos for foodies.
Eaton Street Seafood Market & Restaurant
You’ll immediately recognize the distinctive exterior of this former gas station, which today is a highly-regarded seafood restaurant and working seafood market. Its white and pink art deco flourishes give it a playful vibe, yet the food is seriously good. Order your food to eat at the outdoor tables in front of the restaurant, take it to go or have it delivered (you are on vacation, after all).
Guests rave about the lobster roll and fish sandwiches, as well as the fish tacos and conch fritters. If you’re traveling with folks who don’t care for seafood, you can still dine together; the menu includes some seafood-free dishes, too. And if you want to recreate the taste of Key West at home, Eaton Street Seafood Market & Restaurant offers online ordering and delivery of fresh seafood shipped to your home in the continental U.S.
All In Fishing Charters
For an immersive experience as a foodie, it doesn’t get much better than a charter fishing trip where you could legitimately catch your own dinner. Depending on the time of year and what kind of fishing you want to do, you could catch tarpon, grouper, mahi, snapper, and several additional varieties of fish.
It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been fishing before. The captain and crew at All In Fishing Charters take care of everything you need, from fishing permits and licensing to fishing poles and bait for your hooks. Try a half-day or full-day charter for a one-of-a-kind experience.
Cook Your Catch Restaurants
Once you’re done fishing, here comes the exciting part. There are several local restaurants in Key West that will cook your catch, such as Dante’s. The fishing boat crew will assist you by packaging the fish you catch, and restaurants often give you a choice of how you would like it prepared, including blackened, grilled, and broiled. Many restaurants will serve your cooked fish family-style for convenience, but it’s worth every bite.
Kermit’s Key West Key Lime Shoppe
House-made pies can tempt even the most resistant visitor who’s ordinarily willing to pass on dessert. Kermit’s has your traditional key lime pie as well as specialty flavors like strawberry key lime pie. This sweet little yellow-clapboard shop on Elizabeth Street also serves light fare and has outdoor seating. What’s more, the store sells a broad range of key lime-themed food and gifts, from cookies to sauces to body care products like lotions and lip balms. If key limes are your weakness, Kermit’s is the place to be.
Southernmost Beach Cafe
Here, where you’re practically next to the world-famous concrete buoy that everyone’s always getting their picture taken in front of, you can get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and relax in front of a well-made meal at the oceanside. Outdoor dining allows you to get the best of both worlds–great food and great views. Among the most popular times to visit is Sunday brunch, where breakfast burritos, burgers, and cocktails offer something for everyone.
Duetto Pizza & Gelato
Among the most long-standing restaurants in Key West is Duetto Pizza and Gelato. There’s nothing that compares to a homemade pizza crust prepared New York-style and gelato made with fresh cream. The menu showcases a wide variety of specialty pizzas that includes the vegetarian La Campagna and 4 Formaggi pies, stuffed pizza, Hawaiian pizza, and La Rossa, a unique no-cheese pizza topped with black olives, capers, and tomato sauce. There are more than a dozen flavors of gelato, and you can get yours in a dish or milkshake. Try lemon, chocolate, pistachio, coconut, mango, chocolate hazelnut, and of course, key lime, among others.
Ready to Eat Your Way Through Key West?
Travelers that are as enthusiastic about finding new and exciting places to eat as much as they want to see other tourist attractions such as Dry Tortugas National Park, the Key West Lighthouse, and the Key West Butterfly Conservancy will find a slice of heaven in Key West. Talented chefs make the most of local ingredients, international influences, and their innate culinary aesthetic to deliver refreshing menu items that will have you talking about how amazing they are long after the meal is finished. Book your next vacation to Key West and see how well foodie culture is represented in this very special part of the Sunshine State.
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