Key West Dining

Authentic Neapolitan pizza a staple at Roostica



Bobby and Michelle Mongelli own Hogfish Bar and Grill and Geiger Key Marina but perhaps their proudest accomplishment is the Stock Island pizzeria Roostica. A favorite restaurant of Key West locals and visitors, Roostica is known for the pizza but also offers an assortment of Italian specialties. However, the pizza it serves is the highlight. In 1998, the Italian government […]

THE DISH: highlights from local menus

The Dish: Zuppa di Pesce The Place: Antonia’s, 615 Duval St., Key West; 305-294-6565 or www.antoniaskeywest.com. The Price: $30 The Details: Antonia’s has been a mainstay of Duval Street for decades, serving refined, beautifully prepared seafood, pasta and other Italian fare. We started with an appetizer of plump, seared scallops before digging into entrees that included this seafood stew and […]

THE DISH: highlights from local menus

The Dish: Seared Foie Gras The Place: Cafe Marquesa The Price: $26 The Details: Talk about being lucky — my friend and I had a light, but inconsequential dinner at another restaurant, and I said I’d never been to the restaurant at the Marquesa, long considered one of the finest dining experiences in Key West. We wandered in and they […]

House of Wu: The next chapter



Chapter 1 was all about the dumplings, the shumai and the baos. Chapter 2 was the inclusion of traditional and exotic teas to the well-curated menu. Chapter 3, according to owners Andrew Berman and Keith St. Peter, is the evolution of the House of Wu into what they call the “Shangri-La” edition. “We were making the food we wanted to […]

Old Town Tavern



What if you could go to a place where you were treated like a friend? A place where the locals go to unwind and the tourists go to pre-game. A place where everyone, no matter what they were looking for, could go to enjoy a nice meal and a good drink. From the line cook from next door needing a […]

The Sexy new shop – Devilish Donuts



First there are the girls, or the Devils as they call them. They are all young and good looking and dressed a little, well sexy. Their uniforms include horns and sequined skirts that are (ahem) pretty short. When a customer leaves the shop, they call out “have a naughty day” and smile so sweetly you’d think they were angels instead. […]

The Key West Sandwich Company



“Too few people understand a good sandwich.” — James Beard, nationally recognized champion of cuisine, cook, cookbook author and teacher. It is obvious when walking into the Key West Sandwich Company that this place is run by the kind of people who know good food, but don’t take it too seriously. It’s 11 a.m. and co-owners Keith St. Peter, Andrew […]

Smoke on the water – smoked BBQ



Mick Reed opens the double doors of the smoker at the back of his boat-turned-open-kitchen. A few happy diners are scattered around a handful of repurposed picnic tables licking sauce from their fingers. A savory cloud billows out in soft waves across the water and disappears long before the seductively sweet scent does. As the fragrant fog clears, Mick uses […]

Michaels Restaurant



Though it’s easy to visit Key West and confine yourself to the bounds of Duval Street, the neon-lit social hub of our slice of paradise, much of Cayo Hueso’s charm lies in its hidden gems — those establishments that lie mere blocks from the boozy bustle of the bars and restaurants on Duval, tucked away on side streets in the […]

KEY WEST DINING

Pepe’s: Relaxed and laid back

Pepe’s Cafe, which was established in 1909, is the oldest eating house in the Florida Keys. Located on the old commercial waterfront area of Caroline Street, it is open seven days a week, 365 days a year. The breakfast menu includes everything from build-your-own omelets, to pancakes with fresh fruit to creamed chipped beef. They use the freshest ingredients with […]


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