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Plan a Visit to Quirky Key West
Check out the Stoned Crab Restaurant...

black box with orange check The Stoned Crab is a busy, bustling restaurant overlooking a canal that specializes in fresh, local seafood with a speciality in (what else) stone crab. How fresh? The owners have several private fishing boats that deliver daily catches of not only stone crab but lobster, Key West shrimp and a variety of local fish. Understanding this I was very happy to share their 'Seafood Tower' with a few of my traveling partners. Oh my goodness it was tasty and the order was so generous that we couldn't finish all of it. I asked the bartender to whip up his own version of a female-friendly alcoholic drink for me. It arrived, nameless, pink and icy, a bit sweet and a teeny bit sour. I chose to call this signature beverage the 'Mysterious Journeywoman.' For me, the fact that the staff was willing to fill my unorthodox request is a sign of the sense of fun offered at The Stoned Crab. Address: 3101 N. Rooseevelt Blvd. Phone #: 305 296 104

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Enjoy Banana Bread at Blue Heaven Restaurant...

black box with orange check Just look for the building with blue shutters on St. Thomas Street and you're in for a treat. Breakfast at Blue Heaven in Key West was a veritable early morning extravaganza. Our long table was laden with servings of fresh orange juice, omelets, smoothies, waffles, french toast, blueberry pancakes and poached eggs with lime hollandaise. And, I musn't forget their thick slices of signature banana bread. Service is casual but very friendly. Weather permitting you can eat outdoors but there is plenty of indoor seating, if need be P.S. Don't be surprised if you see cats and chickens roaming the yard. They are a long time fixture of this well known and laid back eatery. Website:

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Seafood with an Italian twist at Oltremare...

black box with orange check We dined with a Capital D at Oltremare at Amara Cay Resort in Islamoralda. Their menu promised 'fresh local seafood infused with the flavours of Italy' and we were certainly not disappointed. Everybody in our party ordered something different and there was much sharing going on. Choices ranged from pure Italian (Spaghetti Bolognese) to Orecchiette Pasta with local scallops and rock shrimp in a parmesan tomato broth. My favorite side dish was fingerling potatoes with truffles and reggiano cheese. My desert of choice, good old Italian, tiramasu. Website:


Sweet sunsets and excellent food at Marker88..

black box with orange check Every Florida holiday needs at least one beachside restaurant experience offering a popular bar, excellent food, lots of atmosphere and memorable sunsets. Marker88, owned by well known chef, Bobby Stoky fits the bill perfectly. Open for both lunch and dinner their menu offers everything from mahi sandwiches and burgers to huge salads and filet mignon (one of my evening dining companions rated his steak 'the best he had ever tasted.' The staff was friendly, the dress code casual and their key lime martinis were interesting, indeed. I have lovely memories of tables set on the beach, white starched tablecloths, flickering candles, and the gentle sound of water lapping at the shore. Reservations suggested at this Islamorada local. P.S. Leave room for Marker88's exquisite desserts! Website:

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Best diner award goes to Mrs. Mac's Kitchen...

black box with orange check My choice for best diner or cafe of the trip goes to Mrs. Mac's Kitchen, the longest running restaurant in Key Largo. It was originally founded by Jeff MacFarland in 1976 who named it in honor of his mother and her recipes. In 1987 Jeff hired Angie as a cook, she liked it so much that the following year she simply bought the place from him. Half of the fun of eating at Mrs. Mac's Kitchen is that there is kitsch everywhere. Everything from expired licence plates to old photos to a fake palm tree 'growing' in the center of the action. The extensive menu is filled withlots of fast food items - burgers, tacos, eggs and seafood plates. The food is good and the experience is good old fashioned fun! Website:

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