The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

One of the newer hotels in Key West, The Saint Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, offers a lovely bar serving craft cocktails and tasty food. Though they had a rough start getting a liquor license when they first opened, now things are running smoothly. We stopped in for a quick dinner about a . . . → Read More: The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

Mary Ellen’s Bar, Key West

Old Fashioned on tap is a very good thing.

While having brunch at Azur with friends recently, there were multiple conversations going on at once. After all, six loud people plus mimosas will do that. I was chatting with on friend when I heard overheard something interesting. “…and they have Old Fashioneds on tap…” . . . → Read More: Mary Ellen’s Bar, Key West

Michaels Restaurant, Key West

Key West boasts a plethora of great restaurants, and it is impossible to frequent them all. We hadn’t been to Michaels in ages when friends came to town, reserved, and said, “we’ll meet you there!” The outdoor seating is beautiful, the food is good, but it is pricey (even by Key West standards). Michaels . . . → Read More: Michaels Restaurant, Key West

Al Maidah, Key West Middle Eastern Restaurant

Al Maidah, Arabic for “the table filled with food,” is Key West’s newest Middle Eastern restaurant. Housed off the tourist path on White Street, this location has housed several other restaurants in the seven-and-a-half years we have been in Key West. I hope this one sticks around.

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Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

The few, sad, mediocre restaurants in downtown Hollywood are slowly being replaced by places that don’t suck. First Ends Meat came along, bringing casual and delicious food to a sorely lacking area. Now, Pesce & Pasta has opened in the former Face location, and it is a welcome addition to the (former) dining wasteland. . . . → Read More: Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

Bruschetta Italian Restaurant, Key West

Complimentary bruschetta brought to the table, but it was a sad, soggy mess.

I wanted to like it. Any time a new restaurant, bar, or shop opens in town, I hope it’s excellent and successful. While we are very lucky to have many good restaurants in town, another option is always a positive thing. . . . → Read More: Bruschetta Italian Restaurant, Key West

S. S. Wreck and Galley, Marathon, Florida

One big iced tea.

Driving down the Overseas Highway, we usually only stop for gas, coffee, or a (human or canine) bathroom break. Whether I am driving southbound on a typical weekend, or after a vacation, getting home quickly is the top priority. Sometimes, however, we find ourselves on the road at meal time, . . . → Read More: S. S. Wreck and Galley, Marathon, Florida

Made 2 Order, Tavernier, Florida

The Florida Keys enjoy an abundance of seafood, laid-back charm, and beautiful scenery. It is not difficult to find a roadside restaurant with fantastic water views and Made 2 Order is no different. The inside is small, old, and not terribly inviting. The back patio, however, boasts a peaceful canal view.

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Seven Fish, Key West: New Location, Same Great Food

The folks at Seven Fish, formerly housed on the corner of Olivia and Elizabeth Streets in Key West, bought land and built a shiny new restaurant. Watching the construction, it seemed like it took forever. The restaurant closed in the old location for their annual summer vacation in September and reopened in the new . . . → Read More: Seven Fish, Key West: New Location, Same Great Food

Farmhouse Kitchen, Boca Raton

Farmhouse Kitchen is a lovely choice in Boca.

We recently met some friends for dinner, and in choosing a location it had to meet a stringent set of criteria. Somewhere between Delray Beach and Hollywood, preferably in Boca, vaguely child-friendly, good food and casual atmosphere. I also didn’t want to go someplace absurdly expensive. . . . → Read More: Farmhouse Kitchen, Boca Raton

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