Vacation budget a little tight? Key West has several reasonably-priced eateries, and while they may be short on frills, they’re long on character. Since the Southernmost City is primarily a tourist destination, follow the traveler's rule of thumb--go where the locals eat. The tiny Kojin Noodle Bar and the Caribbean-styled Bien (formerly Paseo) get top recommendations from Key West denizens for large portions at low prices. Kojin's Pho, a popular street food in Vietnam, has a reputation as the perfect hangover cure. Go-to casual seafood joints include Hogfish Bar and Grill on Stock Island, Half Shell Raw Bar by the Historic Seaport and a true fish shack, BO’s Fish Wagon. Hogfish and Half Shell have especially good deals during happy hour, and BO's has the best cracked conch sandwich on the island. For authentic Cuban food at low prices, El Siboney with its diner decor and the Five Brothers Grocery's walk-up window shine. For over 26 years, people have been lining up outside Five Brothers for their high-test Cuban coffee and Cuban Mix sandwich. The old-school Pepe’s Cafe and Steakhouse (open since 1909) and the French Banana Cafe are a fantastic value for breakfast, brunch and lunch, but prices go up significantly for dinner. Santiago’s Bodega in Bahama Village offers gourmet Spanish tapas without the extra tiny plates and budget-busting bill in a warm and cozy setting.
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