My wife and I made an all-to-short 4-day trip down to Key West last weekend (my brother lives there so this trip report doesn’t include any lodging recommendations).
We hit two restaurants that are always at the top of the TA ratings but we have never visited for some inexplicable reason.
El Siboney – terrific Cuban food. We did take-out to avoid the lines outside on a Friday night. I must admit that walking out with the food’s aroma training us seemed to drive those waiting patrons crazy. The portions are quite large so we shared the #3 Pork platter and the Garlic Chicken. An extra order of sweet plantains was a must. BTW, they do take Visa credit cards now.
Santiago’s Bodega – I wrote a review of this tapas restaurant on 1/25/09 but just had to mention it here. The staff, the food and the atmosphere was better than I expected even though it is TA’s #1 rated restaurant (out of 209). Everything we ordered was awesome and the white sangria went well with everything.
Happy Hour - We met Seabus (and the charming Mrs. Seabus) at the Conch Republic on Friday night. Another TA contributor from Syracuse, NY (Sue and her husband) joined us as well. The whole “Conch Tail Hour” is a great idea. Seabus, you were right – the conch fritters are good, unless you’ve ever been to the Bahamas.
My dog Cooper got so much attention that he’s already missing it. Who wouldn’t? He’s a babe magnet as a 14-week old Golden Retriever.
Breakfast at Pepe’s was another winner. The people there love dogs so Cooper had another great Key West experience. We also did breakfast at Turtle Kraals followed by bloody marys and raw oysters at the Half Shell.
Sunday morning we took a long walk along Smathers Beach, dodging some of the lagging runners in the Half Marathon event.
Monday came all too quickly and we’re already thinking of the next visit.