Just a quick (well, 4 hour) drive away from Miami and you’re in Key West. Land of bars, Margaritaville, oysters, conch, drag queens, key lime pie, tanned leather skin (eww), flip flops…well you get the idea. But honestly, I love the Keys, it’s a nice, relaxing getaway and a great way to unwind. When I go to the Keys, I always make it a priority to try key lime pie in as many places as I can and eat a lot of oysters and seafood. (when in Rome…)
Actually, the first place we always visit is not in Key West but in Islamorada; about half way between Miami and Key West. It’s called Marker 88 and it’s a must!!! Last year, their key lime pie ranked at the top of my list. It has mostly outdoor seating and it’s an oasis you wouldn’t expect from the road. It’s right on a small beach with a dock and it’s a really great way to take a break from the road.
I ordered the Fresh Mahi Sandwich and we finished our meal with one of the best key lime pies! It’s topped with meringue and it’s definitely a slice of heaven!
~Half Shell Raw Bar~
Half Shell has some of the best oysters in town!
Blue Heaven is an absolute must in Key West! It’s the type of place that when you tell your friends you’re going to Key West, the first thing they say is “you have to go to Blue Heaven!” It’s popularity is definitely apparent when you walk up to the restaurant and see the crowds of people waiting to sit down.
No reservations here, just walk up to the loud hostess who shouts out every one’s name and prepare to wait. But don’t worry, it’s actually really pleasant. While you wait you can order coffee, mimosas, bloody mary’s and much more at the bar and even listen to some live music. Be prepared to observe the many cats walking in between the waiting patrons at the entrance and dine with roosters in the the patio.
I got the rooster special so I can try a little bit of everything, including their famous pancakes and my other half ordered the eggs benedict. We couldn’t resist, so we also got a side of their homemade banana bread 🙂
~Conch Republic Seafood Company~
Of course, we had to try their oysters. They were excellent!
Conch Fritters – Thumbs up!
Cracked Conch – sadly thumbs down! Pretty much all breading 😦
Key Lime Pie!
~Kermit’s Key Lime Shoppe~
Unfortunately, Kermit’s key lime pie is still my least favorite! The crust was disappointing and the actual pie tasted water-y.
Drum roll please…Matthessens key lime pie is the winner!! It’s unbelievable and had the perfect crust. We ordered a fresh cookie too for the road the next day. Perfect and delicious end to our trip!