Trip report Feb 25 - Mar 11
We went to KW for our honeymoon and for once we had no more plans than relaxing; eating, drinking and getting some sun (we usually move a lot on vacation). This was our 2nd visit.
Since it's a pretty long stay I'll write down some highs and lows and mark them with stars (5* being outstanding, 1* being poor), and write a short summary. We of course eat at more places and did more things.
Duval Inn: 3*
We stayed at the Duval Inn after reading the (very) good reviews it has here on TA. We stayed in the Mango room which according to their webpage is newly renovated. Either the info on the site is wrong (Rosie said they are about to renovate) or the work has been done by a monkey. the room looked dated, and we had some problems with various bugs and dampness etc... We did however liked the location in the middle of everything, the staff was great, especially Mary Lou! We liked the breakfast and the happy hour. A decent place for the money and perhaps the other rooms are better but i can't really agree with all the 5* reviews it's getting.
Seven Fish: 5*
We tried to get a reservation to this tiny place for several nights and when we did we had one of our best meals in KW. Staff was very attentive and friendly and the food was superb. Go there!
Blue Heaven: 5*
A favorite from our last visit. Lived up to our memories and the food was great. Had a fun time in the bar before and after our meal.
Waited until our last night to go here. I had the Veal chop recommended by Mary Lou and it was perfect. Nice quiet bar area and outdoor setting.
Santiagos Bodega: 4*
Being from Sweden, where Tapas is very big, and frequent visitors to Spain we had high expectations on this place. We really liked the food and that they had picked dishes from several different countries. It’s interesting that they “warn” you of the small plates. By far the biggest tapas portions I’ve ever had =)
Mangia Mangia: 4*
Great food – modest prices! Only small, small setback was that they added gratuity automatically to our check, we’d planned to tip the same amount but I don’t care for it anyway.
Great food and wine, uneven service.
Hogfish (stock island): 5*
Great, simple food and a nice place to have a beer or two on the docks.
Kelly’s : 3*
Nice setting but so-so food. Should have had the drinks only.
B.O’s fishwagon: 5*
Also an old favorite. Great fish sandwiches and relaxed vibe.
Green Parrot: 4*
Great place for beer, drinks and hearing a band, or playing the jukebox if none are playing. A come-as-you-are place that suites us perfectly.
Point5 (above 915 Duval): 5*
We usually went here sometime every day. Perfect for a glass of wine or two and some beers. Nice bar where it’s easy to connect and talk with people.
Things we didn’t really like:
Duval st – this place was even worse than I remembered. One big tourist trap whit jacked up prices and sub-par service. And the T-shirt places, really? Does anyone really think those T-shirts are funny (obviously they sell a lot of them).
The cruise ships – I understand that they bring in a lot of money to KW and I guess they are needed. They look really ugly when they are in front of Westin and Mallory Sq. The tourists do a quick walk/tour down to southernmostpoint via Hemingway house and then crowd Duval buying shirts. I really think KW has got to watch out so it doesn’t become just a tourist attraction in itself rather than a real town.
Spring break – I would lie if I said that I don’t like half naked college chicks… but not when they are accompanied by 15 guys from the football team screaming uuhhh! the whole time. Smathers beach was packed with kids funneling beer and a lot of the bars and restaurants as well, not just on Duval.
The weather – not much to do but accept it.
Note that the grades I put down are not purely for the quality of food. Sometimes a Mahi sandwich and a beer in a relaxed place is as good as veal chops…
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