Uncover The Florida Keys’ best culinary spots with Black Tomato…
Nestled in Key West and covered by lush tropical foliage, Blue Heaven offers a taste of authentic Caribbean-inspired food as well as some hearty American classics. It’s the perfect destination for a casual lunch or brunch, but don’t let the laid-back ambience fool you into think they approach their menu with nonchalance. Their decorated chef oversees a kitchen that is sincerely invested in producing quality cuisine. Blue heaven has all the fresh fish and crustacean dishes that you’d expect from a keyside restaurant, but locals also tend to rave about their homemade Blueberry Pancakes.
With waterfront locations in Key Largo and Islamorada, Island Grill is a feature and local favourite across the keys. As expected, freshly caught seafood is on offer and cooked to perfection. The island Grill also boasts live music most nights, and an ocean front beach bar – so wander in from the beach or the road if you’re after authentic keys’ dining, a splash of liquor and some energy and excitement.
If you’re in search of a little more luxury or romance then Pierre’s, situated in the heart of Islamorada, is definitely a place to visit. The colonial plantation-style house is decorated with artefacts, lamps and furnishing from around the world. The elegant décor compliments the rich menu, which is stylised as ‘French fusion cuisine with world influences’. Fresh ingredients are shipped in from around the globe daily. Expect fresh seafood, the finest cuts of steak and lamb, foie gras, and an elegant and refined ambience.
Key lime Pie Shop
Key lime pie (A well-known export from the keys) is obviously named for it’s main ingredient – key lime- that is commonly found throughout the keys. Being a local speciality, there are many places that vie for the title of ‘best key lime pie’ in the keys. Of course personal taste informs that debate, but if you’re willing to take the word of Paula Deen, National Geographic, and the Food Network, then Kermit’s is undoubtedly the place to sample the official pie of Florida.
Hot tin Roof
For more casual elegance, and for dinner with a view, we’d recommend Hot Tin roof – one of Key West’s most highly rated restaurants. With attentive, but subtle waiting staff, possible views of sunset on the beach, and a mouth-watering menu consisting of Latin, Caribbean and tropical dishes (alongside the classic Florida ones), the hot tin roof is a versatile restaurant that is underpinned by one thing; consistent quality. A must-visit in Key West.
Hungry Tarpon Restaurant
This Caribbean-inspired marina and fish shack is perfect for those seeking a gourmet dining experience or a casual lunch whilst watching the boats roll by. A cherished joint for both Islamorada locals and world travellers alike, the Hungry Tarpon will even ‘Cook your Catch’ if you’ve nabbed a particularly sumptuous fish. We’re not sure that ingredients could be much fresher than that.
Image courtesy of Florida Keys & Key West Tourist Development Council