The special charm of Key West comes not only from the gorgeous sunsets that grace the beaches daily, but also from the interesting local people that characterize Duval Street with its unique shops and galleries as well as Mallory Street, famous for its daily Sunset Celebration.
Also one of the many things to do in Key West is to enjoy not only the best, but the oldest restaurants. Why the oldest? These are eateries that have stood the test of time and have offered quality food and service for many years to locals as well as visitors from around the world.
Pepe's Cafe, the oldest restaurant in Key West was established in 1909. Here is where the most amazing Bloody Marys and margaritas are served, as well as homemade breads, including coconut, and the fresh fish of the day. In addition to seafood they are also a steakhouse and cut their NY strips and filets to order. Desserts are all made in house and include not only the traditional key lime pie but also coconut cream pie and more. They are still located in one of the city's oldest buildings in the commercial Waterfront area and are open every day of the year.
Camille's Restaurant has been offering American cuisine and seafood for over 20 years. This restaurant has also been a long standing local favorite as well in addition to serving happy visitors. The hot artichoke dip is a signature dish to start with plus there are a variety of selections for breakfast, lunch and dinner. One of the best options for gourmet cuisine on a budget. Bon Appetit magazine even voted their roast pork tenderloin Best of Millennium.
El Siboney is a neighborhood eatery that offers Cuban cuisine. They offer great service and large portions at affordable prices. Family owned and operated, they have been serving the lower Florida keys community since 1984. The flank steak as well as barbecue chicken are good choices and their menu lists daily specials. They offer buttered Cuban bread which is tasty and complimentary while waiting for your meal. But it can be addicting, so take care not to fill up before your entree arrives.
Blue Heaven's website mentions to watch out for falling almonds, coconuts, and Spanish limes which indicates an authentic down to earth Key West atmosphere. There's also a warning about roosters, but hopefully they won't fall on you. What you'll also experience is live music and great Caribbean inspired food. Breakfast includes great blueberry pancakes and the tallest key lime pie can be enjoyed as well. Get there early as there is usually a long wait time by the time brunch is served.
When looking for things to do in Key West check out some of these established restaurants to savor a little of the Key West flavor.