The sheer number of restaurants in Key West is staggering, at least relative to population, due of course to the relative number of tourists who come flying through the island every year, whether by way of driving down, parading off of a cruise ship, or annual snowbird migration. Every nook and cranny on the island serves some sort of snack so to speak and calls themselves a restaurant. Most of the restaurants / eateries target all those short term tourists, fish and burger spots, and a lot of them are really good. Hey competition means you gotta keep up right?
There are also a lot of not burger and fried fish plate restaurants that are very much worth visiting, especially if you want to get a better idea of what real food can be in the Keys, so here’s our list of our favorites:
Louis Backyard is an old standby, its been around a long time, has had it’s ups and downs, but is once again (as of 2015) on the ups.
915 Duval is modern Caribbean / American in a beautiful little home on Duval, with a great wine selection.
Sarahbeth’s, for those from New York City, yes it is one and the same, best for a lunch of brunch.
Antonia’s, while Italian may not be the best food for the hot weather it’s delicious and well done, traditional dishes, well executed.
Poolside at Casa Marina Resort, best for lunch and cocktails, the food is top notch hotel fair, great salads and sandwiches with an unbeatable view.
This is our quick list of the top five, basically put together if you’ve got a long weekend in Key West, these are the best of our recommendations, but we’ll be updating with some of the lesser more casual restaurants on the list in the coming days.