Four Things for Food-Lovers To Do in Key West

The best budget-friendly dining experiences in the area
 

Photo courtesy of Half Shell Raw Bar

Located at the southern tip of the Florida Keys, Key West offers a laid-back, casual cuisine scene. Here are four things to do for food-lovers.

Eat key lime pie

Ask five locals where to find the best key lime pie and you’ll get five different answers. Begin your research at the award-winning Key West Key Lime Pie Company where the graham wafer crust is handmade and the creamy filling is pleasingly tart.

Go on a food tour

Sample more pie and some of Key West’s best conch fritters, Cuban cuisine and rum during a walking-eating-drinking tour with Key West Food Tours. Your local guide will share innumerable tidbits—historical, architectural and cultural—as well as must-try restaurants.

Drink Cuban coffee

A must-drink for coffee-lovers is is the iced café con leche from the Cuban Coffee Queen shack in the Historic Seaport area. Hungry? Order Pan Cubano (Cuban bread), with butter or filled with fresh roasted Mojo pork, cheese and veggies.

Eat fresh seafood

Seafood beckons at the classic waterfront joint Half Shell Raw Bar. Enjoy fresh conch ceviche, oysters and house-smoked fish dip while watching boats navigate the busy harbour. If do-it-yourself seafood is more your style, visit the Eaton Street Seafood Market. Buy ingredients for a picnic or, if your accommodation has a kitchen, plan a feast with the lobster and Key West pink shrimp on display.

Getting there: WestJet flies to Miami six times a week from Toronto, and to Fort Lauderdale 22 times a week from Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and Quebec City.

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