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.
A Quick Trip To Key West, Florida Index
- Part 1 – Using Miles & Points To Get To Key West
- Part 2 – Hyatt Key West
- Part 3 – Things To Do In Key West
- Part 4 – Eating in Key West, Florida
- Part 5 – Key West Blog Giveaway & Conclusion
This post will highlight various restaurants in Key West that we visited, including:
- Mo’s for Caribbean food
- El Siboney for Cuban food
- Shor Restaurant at the Hyatt for breakfast
- Croissants de France
- BO’s Fish Wagon
Eating in Key West
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.
The restaurant had Caribbean art on the walls.
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.
I ordered Jamaican baked chicken with rice and veggies.
Daraius had spicy red snapper also 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.
To drink, we shared a shandy, which is 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.
For dinner the next evening, we went to El Siboney, a Cuban restaurant.
They specialized in Cuban food.
Daraius ordered red snapper with yellow rice and plantains.
I had ropa vieja, which is shredded beef in a spiced tomato sauce.
Our entrees included yellow rice, plantains, and a salad.
Daraius also had ham croquettes. To drink, we split a pitcher of sangria.
The food was okay—not something I would return for, unlike Mo’s, but it was nice to try.
Hyatt Key West Breakfast
We would eat a late breakfast so that we could either skip lunch or have a small lunch and save money.
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.
There were many seats with good views.
They had many American favorites and a couple of Caribbean inspired selections.
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.
It was actually really delicious, but I felt guilty about having fried chicken for breakfast!
Daraius had eggs benedict with apple juice.
Everything in moderation though, right?
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!
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.
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!
But they had a lot of choices and it was hard to pick.
I ordered a quiche Lorraine, and Daraius had two small fruit tarts, strawberry and apricot.
I think I liked the apricot one the best!
We sat out on Duval Street and enjoyed the people watching.
BO’s Fish Wagon
The restaurant had a very distinct Key West style of anything-goes décor.
The menu was written on huge pieces of chalkboard.
I didn’t order anything because of my fish allergy, but Daraius ordered a fish with rice and loved it!
He wanted to order another one, but stopped himself.
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!
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!
I ordered a cheeseburger and fries topped with parmesan cheese and herbs. I loved the burger, but the fries could have been better.