4 Key West Cuisines: More than Seafood
Fresh catches and bright flavors provide visitors an assortment of seafood options that fit with the Caribbean feel of the Keys. However, some grow tired of the monotoned menu options and look for a change of flavors. Key West offers a number of options, both traditional and unique, that cater to wavering appetites at an affordable price range for any night out.
Banana Café is a delicate retreat from the noise Duval Street. It is a fairly priced option that has become a favorite of travelers beaching from the docking cruise ships. The menu offers a versatile range of tastes. Appetizers range from baked escargot to crispy duck pot stickers. Feature entrees extend beyond the local Key West seafood with favorites being the wild mushroom ravioli and French country chicken. Those seeking a lighter meal at the end of the day can enjoy freshly made crepes and quiche. Banana Café provides a great balance with handful of Caribbean tastes balanced with a taste of Europe.
El Siboney break from the rest of this list with a deep menu of Spanish inspired dishes. The menu includes over seventy items, making it easy for any member of the family to find something appetizing. It has grown from being a hidden gem in the Keys to one of the must visit locations on the local food tour. Recommendations now come from both locals and experienced guests. The majority of dishes come with a hint of Spanish flavor, but the selections includes pork, steak, and Cuban inspiration that sets it apart from the seafood base of nearby establishments.
Nine One Five
Nine One Five stands apart in Key West with gourmet food options at affordable rates across the board. The restaurant opened in 2002 setting in a mid-1800s Victorian house. Location sets the theme for mature food best paired with the international selection of wines. It falls short of an Italian billing, but homemade pastas remind patrons of the classic flavors. Nine One Five’s greatest claim is their select entrees. As expected there is a seafood allotment, but grass meats take the cake. New York Strip lollipops in salsa, carmelized organic chicken, grass fed burger with truffled mozzarella, and mini veal shanks keep diners coming back on a regular basis. Reservations are a must, making this an evening that should be planned well ahead of arrival in the Keys.
Better Than Sex
Better Than Sex is an evening experience different from all others. The previous names in this list are all establishments designed for dinner. Better Than Sex is not a true eatery, rather a dessert destination for the end of the night. Limited to locations in only Key West and Orlando, it is surprising to see the unique atmosphere has not been picked up elsewhere. A deep selection of alcoholic beverages pair well with the traditional dessert dishes. Many of the drinks have chocolate or caramel dipped rims which make for a new twist on the typical drink. The sweet addition complements the pies, cheesecakes, and other classics all aptly named in a way similar to the title, awarding winning Better Than Sex bread pudding.