The KWLS Restaurant Guide

The KWLS Restaurant Guide

At some point during the upcoming Seminar weekends, you’ll probably get hungry (and thirsty). With that in mind, we (Nan, Mark, Jason, and Nick) have compiled a list of restaurants that are all within walking distance of two main Seminar strongholds–The San Carlos and The Eden House. We’ll likely be adding more to this list in the coming days. Also, if you’re looking for more detailed feedback about places to eat in Key West (or anywhere, for that matter), try searching the Florida message boards at

Quick and casual lunch:

Lobos — Key Lime Square (Southard Street between Duval and Simonton) — An outdoor cafe with burgers, wraps and other sandwiches.

The Cafe — Southard Street between Duval and Simonton — A good bet for vegetarians or those just looking to eat light.

Courthouse Deli — corner of Southard and Whitehead — Deli sandwiches and Cuban coffee.

The Meteor Smokehouse — Southard Street between Duval and Whitehead — Solid Memphis- and Carolina-style barbecue.

Mr. Z’s — Southard Street between Duval and Simonton — Philly cheesesteaks and pizza by the slice. Open 24 hours.

Upper Crust — Duval Street between Southard and Angela — Great pizza by the slice.

La Creperie — next to The San Carlos — A variety of sweet and savory crepes.

Jack Flats — across the street from The San Carlos — A good selection of bar food.

Sarabeth’s — corner of Southard and Simonton Streets — Lots of traditional, American comfort food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

China Garden West — corner of Fleming and Simonton Streets — Standard American-style Chinese food.

Waterfront Market — at the end of William Street in the Key West Bight — Top-notch deli and juice bar, plus fresh organic produce and local seafood.

Bubba’s — corner of Fleming and Margaret Streets — Great fried chicken in a mellow, front-porch atmosphere.

Finnegan’s Wake — corner of Grinnell and James (just off Eaton) — Pub food, served in the (sometimes noisy) pub or the restaurant. If you must smoke, there’s an outdoor bar (Paddy O’s). Recommended are the potato soup, the chicken wings and, yes, the pizza. Excellent, expansive selection of beers.

Pepe’s — Caroline Street between Margaret and William — Excellent
omelets, pancakes and lots more.

Harpoon Harry’s — corner of Caroline and Margaret — Basic diner
fare, usually served right quick.

Turtle Kraals — In the Key West Bight — Decent breakfast, usually
easier to get a table here than other places during busy season.

Five Brothers — corner of Southard and Grinnell — Cuban coffee and
toast (you can have them add egg and cheese and more) — it’s take-out
but you don’t get more authentic island fare than this.

Blue Heaven — Thomas and Petronia streets — Pancakes, eggs, you name
it. We’re pretty sure they don’t take the eggs from the chickens
running around the place.

Azur — New cafe by Eden House offers delicious breakfasts.

Croissants de France — Duval Street between Olivia and Petronia — The name says it all.

Dunkin Donuts — Southard between Simonton and Duval — Nothing better
for a hangover than a croissant with egg and sausage. Plus their
delicious coffee!

Splurge Meal:
Cafe Marquesa — corner of Fleming and Simonton — “Contemporary American cuisine” with lots of local seafood.

Azur — corner of Fleming and Grinnell (next to the Eden House) — Contemporary takes on Northern Italian fare.

915 — Duval between Truman and Olivia — An diverse collection of small plates and larger entrees. Definitely one of the most exciting and progressive menus in town.

There are three fine Italian restaurants all within a block of The San Carlos:
-Antonia’s, 615 Duval St.
-Opera, 613 Duval St.
-La Trattoria, 524 Duval St.

Mangoes — corner of Duval and Angela — A great open-air bar with inventive, local fare.

Internet cafes:
Sippin’ — Eaton Street between Duval and Whitehead — Coffee, pastries, and plenty of computers.

Waterftont Market — at the end of William Street in the Key West Bight — The juicebar upstairs has several computers with internet access.

Virgilio’s — Applerouth Lane (around the corner from The San Carlos) — A cozy, tropical lounge connected to La Trattoria.
Jack Flats — across the street from The San Carlos — Plenty of big TV screens for sports.
Green Parrot — Corner of Southard and Whitehead — A local’s bar with live music on the weekends. (Disclosure: Nick has a family connection to the Parrot.)

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