With its prime location between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean, Key West overflows with the sea’s bounty like Key West pink shrimp, Florida spiny lobster and stone crabs. There’s also a wide variety of fish like grouper, snapper, hogfish, yellowtail and catches you may have never seen like tilefish and tripletail. You’ll find that abundance overflows into the island’s many seafood restaurants, which also come in a wide variety of flavors.
For something low-key, head to Hogfish Grille or BO’s Fish Shack for their specialties--grilled hogfish and cracked conch sandwiches. You can also sample the local cuisine on the cheap during the best happy hours at the casual Half Shell Raw Bar and Alonzo’s Oyster Bar.
A few eateries are hidden gems like the tiny Seven Fish; you’ll have to them track down in the Old Town neighborhood district. Waterfront dining is an extra perk on the island, and at Louie’s Backyard and Hot Tin Roof you can get front row seating for the sunset while you dine. For that extra special evening out on the town, you’ll want to put your best resort wear on for the upscale A&B Lobster House. No matter which you choose, Mother Ocean never disappoints.