THE DISH: Highlights from local menus

FLORIDA WEEKLY CUISINE


SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

SCOTT SIMMONS / FLORIDA WEEKLY

The Dish: Chicken salad

The Place: Blue Heaven, 729 Thomas St., Key West. 305-296- 0218 or www.blueheavenkw.com.

The Price: $13.50

The Details: A visit to Blue Heaven is as much about the ambience as it is about the food.

I remember chickens and cats scurrying across the dining space the first time I visited 25 years ago or so.

I didn’t see any chickens this time, but I did take time out to cool off with the chicken salad.

The tender bits of chicken were tossed in a creamy dressing and served atop arugula that’s dressed with a cider vinaigrette. There was plenty of fresh fruit on the side (melon, strawberries and blueberries the day of our visit), and a generous wedge of cornbread.

The chefs at Blue Heaven get kudos from me for not making their cornbread sweet — this is savory, the way cornbread from the South was intended to be.

Yes, there’s fine dining in Key West, but this was good eating. ¦

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