A Mini-Trip to Key West, Florida: Part 4 – Eating in Key West

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Emily:  Daraius and I went to Key West for a few days in October for a mini-vacation.  We drove from Fort Lauderdale to Key West on the Overseas Highway, which was a very nice drive.  We stayed at the Hyatt Key West Resort and Spa, and had a wonderful time relaxing and seeing the Key West sites.

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Emily And Daraius Enjoying Al Fresco Dining At The Shor Restaurant

A Quick Trip To Key West, Florida Index

This post will highlight various restaurants in Key West that we visited, including:

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Mo’s

Daraius and I went to a Caribbean restaurant for dinner called Mo’s.  Out of all the restaurants we tried, this was my favorite!    However, it is is ~1.5 miles from the Hyatt Key West, so you may have to drive or bike there.

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The Interior Of Mo’s Key West

The restaurant had Caribbean art on the walls.

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A Caribbean Painting On Mo’s Wall

They had a full menu with a decent selection of Caribbean food.  The menu was only 2 pages, but everything looked so good, I had trouble deciding!

Appetizers were from $5 to $8 and main courses were from $15 to $20.  This was our splurge dinner for the trip.

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The Menu Was Only 2 Pages But Offered Tasty Choices

I ordered Jamaican baked chicken with rice and veggies.

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Emily Chose The Caribbean Roasted Chicken With Rice And Veggies

Daraius had spicy red snapper also with rice and veggies.

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Daraius Ordered The Spicy Red Snapper With Rice And Veggies

The food was delicious!!  I loved it so much.

The chicken was so tender, it fell right off the bone.  It was as smooth as butter, and so flavorful.  The vegetables were very fresh, and were cooked in a buttery parsley sauce.  They went very well with the rice and chicken.

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Emily And Daraius Enjoying Their Meal At Mo’s

To drink, we shared a shandy, which is beer mixed with Sprite.

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We Tried A Shandy (Beer Mixed With Sprite)

We were too full to order dessert, but when we got the check, we also received a free slice of key lime pie.

It was served on a graham cracker crust and was also very good.  The owner and his wife run the restaurant and do everything from cooking to serving!  I wanted to visit Mo’s again before we left, but never got a chance.

El Siboney

For dinner the next evening, we went to El Siboney, a Cuban restaurant.

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Emily At El Siboney

They specialized in Cuban food.

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El Siboney’s Menu Featured Cuban Food

Daraius ordered red snapper with yellow rice and plantains.

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Daraius Chose The Red Snapper With Yellow Rice And Plantains

I had ropa vieja, which is shredded beef in a spiced tomato sauce.

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Emily’s Entree Was The Ropa Vieja With Yellow Rice And Plantains

Our entrees included yellow rice, plantains, and a salad.

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Salad Was Included With Our Meal

Daraius also had ham croquettes.  To drink, we split a pitcher of sangria.

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We Sampled A Pitcher Of Sangria

The food was okay—not something I would return for, unlike Mo’s, but it was nice to try.

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Emily Enjoying A Nice Evening At El Siboney

Hyatt Key West Breakfast

Daraius and I had breakfast at the Shor Restaurant at the Hyatt.  Daraius is a Hyatt Diamond member so we could order an entree, sides (toast, bacon, ham etc.) and drinks.  Here’s the breakfast menu.

We would eat a late breakfast so that we could either skip lunch or have a small lunch and save money.

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Daraius Outside The Shor Restaurant

The restaurant is just a few minutes walk from the rooms, and just steps away from the pool.  It has a wonderful view of the water.

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The Shor Restaurant Overlooks The Gulf

There were many seats with good views.

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Almost Every Seat Had A View

They had many American favorites and a couple of Caribbean inspired selections.

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The Menu Featured Traditional American Breakfast But Also Had Caribbean Dishes

I ordered the fried chicken and waffle, a first for me for breakfast!  It came with a fried chicken thigh, a waffle, and buttermilk gravy.

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Emily Ordered Fried Chicken And Waffles For Breakfast

It was actually really delicious, but I felt guilty about having fried chicken for breakfast!

Daraius had eggs benedict with apple juice.

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Daraius Chose Eggs Benedict And Apple Juice

Everything in moderation though, right?

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Emily And Daraius Having A Decadent Breakfast At The Shor Restaurant

The next morning we chose somewhat healthier options from the menu  We had French toast, bacon, and the Key West Skillet with corn beef hash, potato, cilantro and eggs.  Daraius loved it!

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French Toast And An Egg Skillet Was The Next Morning’s Breakfast Choice

Croissants de France

For lunch, we went to Croissants de France (on Duval Street), a French café, for crepes but they were renovating their kitchen.

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Emily At Croissants de France

So, we were limited to cold quiches and pastries.  The do sell some cakes for 50% off if they are unsold, so that could be a cheap sweet treat!

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Cold Quiches And Tarts Were Our Only Choices

But they had a lot of choices and it was hard to pick.

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Emily Excited About Trying The Quiche

I ordered a quiche Lorraine, and Daraius had two small fruit tarts, strawberry and apricot.

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We Got 2 Fruit Tarts And A Slice Of Quiche Lorraine

I think I liked the apricot one the best!

We sat out on Duval Street and enjoyed the people watching.

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Emily Enjoying People Watching On Duval Street

BO’s Fish Wagon

That evening Daraius was in the mood for fish, so we went to BO’s Fish Wagon.  BO’s Fish Wagon is just 5 minutes walk from the Hyatt.

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The Outside Of BO’s Fish Wagon

The restaurant had a very distinct Key West style of anything-goes décor.

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BO’s Was Designed In The Typical Key West Fashion – Anything Goes

The menu was written on huge pieces of chalkboard.

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BO’s Giant Chalkboard Menus

I didn’t order anything because of my fish allergy, but Daraius ordered a fish with rice and loved it!

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The Fish With Rice From BO’s Fish Wagon

He wanted to order another one, but stopped himself.

Superdog Cart

Daraius had a hot dog from the Superdog card on Duval Street.  He said that it was cheap and tasty and wanted to have a 2nd hot dog!

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Daraius Ordered a Superdog

BurgerFi

I didn’t want a hot dog, so we went to BurgerFi on Duval Street.

The menu was huge!  You could order anything from burgers, hot dogs, accessories, frozen drinks, beer and wine!

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You Could Order Just About Anything At BurgerFi

I ordered a cheeseburger and fries topped with parmesan cheese and herbs.  I loved the burger, but the fries could have been better.

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Emily’s BurgerFi Cheeseburger And Parmesan Cheese With Herb Fries

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11 responses to “A Mini-Trip to Key West, Florida: Part 4 – Eating in Key West

  1. I’m staying at the Hyatt KY in Feb for my 40th bday. We’ve been to El Siboney a lot, and love it. The food is normally outstanding and the best cuban food to be found. Two of our other GO TO’s are Louie’s Backyard ($$$$) for dinner and Blue Heaven ($$) for breakfast… Blue Heaven is perfectly Key West, albeit a teeny bit manufactured, it’s still about perfect. I’m looking forward to the places you listed so we can mix it up this time. Cheers!

  2. And.. I did book using 22,000 per night, had to, for 3 nights. I might revisit the site and see if there was a missed opportunity to save some on some of those points. Good thing is on SWA we’re not paying for my wife to fly with me… bit o’ trade off. 3 days in High Season in KY for taxes and beer / food money, ain’t bad!

  3. Hi D & M,
    I love your trip reports as always. But can I make a polite suggestion? How about taking better pics with a DSLR? I am sure a lot of people are turning to your blog for trip reports since you have such attention to detail. If you are one of those persons who really hate carrying a heavy camera, then my suggestion is of no use 🙂

  4. I meant M as in Mrs 🙂

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  8. how do u 2 eat so much and stay so thin??? it must be ur youth

    • @Oh no! – We’ll try that next time!

      @Diana – I don’t like carrying a heavier camera, but thanks for your tips. I’ll readily admit that I’m not the best photographer!

      @dotti cahill – We’re very lucky!