Whether Caribbean, Thai or Italian, get these tasty meals to go

Whether you've had a long day out on the water or a late night out on the town, sometimes you just want to grab some grub from your favorite restaurant to go. In Key West, there are plenty of eateries that cater to take out with walk-up windows like Sandy’s Cuban Cafe and Kojin Noodle Bar. Both are conveniently open late-night. Some spots have limited to no seating and carry-out is their main business like the Caribbean-styled Bien (formerly Paseo) and Cuban Coffee Queen. The line of people waiting at Garbo’s Grill is a true indicator of the food truck's cult following. They’re known for tasty fish and shrimp tacos on the go. If you’re looking for something healthy, Help Yourself Cafe and The Cafe have take-out dishes to fit any dietary need from gluten-free to vegan. Help Yourself also has a great grab-and-go section if you're in a rush. For real-deal Italian pizza, call in an order to Onlywood where they even use homemade mozzarella. Indulge in a refreshing glass of sangria with mint at the bar while your pie bakes. Caroline’s Cafe has one of the best hamburgers on the island as well as one of the best spots to wait for your order--overlooking Duval Street. Not in the mood to wait at all? Many of these restaurants also deliver.



This fab food truck just got an upgrade, moving from their small corner on Greene Street to a bona fide restaurant on near Mallory Square. Since the beginning, the owners grew a cult following for their authentic island-style tacos and burritos....  Read More

Duval Street


Caroline's Cafe is a favorite among tourists and locals alike for their generous portions at reasonable prices and prime view of Duval Street. At this casual American restaurant, you'll find one of the best hamburgers in town as well as an...  Read More



The Caribbean-inspired Bien (formerly Paseo) keeps a low profile. There's no large sign, Facebook page--or much seating for that matter. None of those things have kept this spot from quickly becoming a local's fave for its tasty dishes, large...  Read More



This cozy restaurant on Southard Street has been redefining vegetarian cuisine for over 10 years. With a warm Bohemian décor, their menu offers a variety of options (all clearly marked if gluten-free), which means no one has to sacrifice to...  Read More



Located in front of the harbor, this little outdoor Cuban stand is loved by locals and tourists alike. Delicious breakfast and lunch sandwiches, and high-test coffee, ensures that there's usually a bit of a wait. However, you'll find service is...  Read More



Get your day started at Sandy's Café, a small Cuban restaurant at the end of the M& M Laundry building on White Street. Yes, you read right. It's at a laundromat. Let this be your introduction to the funky synergy of Key West. Step up to the...  Read More



Hidden down a small walkway off Duval, you'll discover the enchanting garden of Onlywood Pizzeria Trattoria. Owners Davide Cremascoli and Alessandro Piazzo, who grew up in a small village in Napoletana Italy, are devoted to bringing you the most...  Read More

Help Yourself Cafe
Photo courtesy of Lacey Marie Scee


Tucked away on a side street in Old Town, Help Yourself is a colorful natural food market and cafe in a re-purposed gas station. Items on the menu are clearly labeled--vegan, vegetarian or gluten-free--and the friendly staff can answer any...  Read More

Kojin Noodle Bar
Photo courtesy of Kojin Noodle Bar


Key West's only noodle bar is easy to miss. The tiny spot on Southard Street is just a half-block off Duval but doesn't have flashy signage. It has a trendy, yet warm vibe in a New York eatery-style. With only a handful of seats at the bar and...  Read More



Off the beaten path, this no-frills restaurant serves up generous portions of the best Cuban food on the island at reasonable prices. Mid-day the place is usually bustling with the local lunch break crowd mixed with a healthy dose of visitors...  Read More


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Claudia Miller has been writing about South Florida for over 17 years--seven from Key Largo. A budding photographer, she can usually be found stalking a sunset. Despite being a tad...  More About Claudia