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Two Friends offers almost-outdoor seating close to the lower end of Duval Street, with a great variety of choices: eggs, pancakes, waffles, bacon and sausage, and eggs Benedict with a crab cake!
This is a good way to get an idea of what there is to see and do in Key West. The tour guide will relate some of the history of the island, and at each stop you can get off the trolley, wander a bit, and get back on the next one. A comfortable and easy way to get around.
One of the best stretches in Key West is Petronia St, beginning at its intersection with Duval Street, and continuing almost to its end at 207 Petronia St #101; the site of Santiago's Bodega. While in between, there are several nice restaurants and a few very nice shops, in my opinion, Santiago's is the best stop of all. It specializes in tapas — hot and cold, meat, seafood and vegetables — plus great sangria is also on offer, both read and white (order a pitcher). Ask the waiter for suggestions not only on what to have, but the order in which the dishes should be brought to the table.
For a drink and maybe a snack in the afternoon, Island Dogs has a happy hour from 4:30pm to 6:30pm: half-off all drinks including bottled beer and house wine by the glass, plus raw or char-grilled oysters.
More than just a great place to watch the sunset in Key West, Mallory Square is like a carnival with performers and buskers, and places to buy a drink or a snack. Try to catch The Cat Man or Will Solto performing his aerial act before the sun goes down, then grab a spot at the edge and get your camera ready.
Blue Heaven is a very popular restaurant for dinner in Key West. Here, you can sit in the garden under the sails (set up as protection from the sun during the day), among the chickens and cats. There is a great selection of meat and seafood, but be sure to listen to the list of specials too.
The Cuban Coffee Queen is worth a visit just to try any of their variety of great Cuban coffees, and while you're at it, you can order one of their Cuban sandwiches for breakfast or a picnic lunch!
Sebago's Island T'Ing is one of the best day trips out of Key West. It boards at 9:30am and returns between 4 and 4:30pm depending on conditions, leaving you part of the afternoon and evening free. The trip is on the Pelican, a 41-foot Maine Cat sailing catamaran limited to 20 passengers. The trip includes a snorkeling stop, usually at the reef seven miles south of Key West, or within the Sanctuary five miles away, as well as a guided eco kayak tour around one of the mangrove islands. You eat breakfast and lunch on the boat, and there are fresh-baked cookies and sangria on the return trip!
This is a great place to enjoy a drink in the early evening. Find a table on the ocean side of the bar and relax. You can hear the live music from any table on the pier, and the waiters will come and take care of you.
Turtle Kraals is a good place to have a nice, lighter dinner in Key West. One of the items they are known for is the ceviche flight: four different types, each served in its own glass dish. You can sit at a table upstairs overlooking the harbor and watch the sun go down.
A highlight of any trip to Key West is a breakfast at Bliss on Petronia Street. This is the former Columbian Grace, and while the name and location have changed, it's as good as always. The only problem is what to order. Whatever you choose however, it will come with a free glass of red or white sangria.
Dante's is either a restaurant with a pool or a pool with a restaurant, but either way it's a good place to spend part of the day (especially since several of the B&B's in Key West do not have a pool or if they do, it's very small.) There is also a decent raw bar and live music several afternoons per week.
One of the most beautiful places in Key West, the West Martello Tower is home to the Key West Garden Club. It is located on Higgs Beach and you can walk there from Old Town in thirty minutes or less, but it is also popular to bike there.
What would a trip to Key West be without a sunset sail, preferably on a sailboat with not too many other people. And champagne!
Mo's is one of those restaurants you probably won't find on your own. It's almost all the way up White Street, which parallels Simonton, and few visitors to the island know it's there (look for the happy garlic)! Along with the usual Key West fare like snapper, try the 'Creole Shrimp and Rice' or the succulent ribs, oxtail or goat here. Wine is also available by the glass.
This local dive bar with cheap drinks, funky decor, and a true community feel, is a Key West institution.