Whether you’re taking a quick sightseeing break or enjoying a lazy afternoon, lunch is the ideal time to sample the multicultural flavors of Key West cuisine. On the menu, you’ll find authentic Cuban dishes at El Siboney and homemade Mexican tortillas at Amigos. Fresh French crepes and quiche await at Banana Cafe. Add the Spanish tapas at Santiago’s Bodega, and you’ve got quite the trip around the world.
The Southernmost City is filled with quirky spots that highlight the local seafood like Stock Island’s Hogfish Bar and Grill. BO's Fish Wagon is a veritable shack, but they’re known for the best cracked conch sandwich in town. The seafood tacos at Garbo’s Grill are so popular that the food truck had to move into a restaurant for more seating. Have a hankering for no-nonsense American fare? Check out Southernmost Cafe with its oceanside views, or Caroline’s Cafe with a different kind of view--the steady stream of tourists, rickshaws and mopeds on Duval Street.
As a bonus, most restaurants' afternoon menus offer a significant savings over their dinner rates, especially at high-end spots. This may be your chance for a toes-in-the-sand “special occasion” lunch at Latitudes on the private island of Sunset Key--not to mention a picturesque ride across the harbor on their ferry. When you're ready to “do lunch” in Key West, use this list of local’s-approved restaurants for the perfect midday meal.