Eat + Drink in Key West: Big Flavors in Small Spaces

Key West, Florida is one of the hottest destinations and popular vacation spots well known for its warm weather, water adventures, art, history and culture.  It is also home to world-class restaurants, outdoor cafes, and eclectic eateries.  It is the place to dine in or out and some of our favorites include the small spaces with big flavors.

Savor the flavor in Key West at four of our favorite hip, cool, walk-up window service, grab and go restaurants:

 The Bier Boutique

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Photo: The Bier Boutique, Key West, Florida

A culinary adventure and celebration of craft beer awaits you at The Bier Boutique, a small carryout, grab and go delivery establishment where scratch made Midwest comfort food meets Key West!

If you’re taking a bike ride around the island this is one of the places to stop and grab a bite to eat. It’s located off the beaten path near Smathers Beach.

A chalkboard menu listing the special of the day sits in front of this small window-service eatery. You will know you have arrived when you see it and a few people gathered outside waiting for their order.  There is a small countertop with about 4 stools.  Enjoy one of the craft beers while waiting for your order and talk owners Scott and Heather Bookey while they prepare your meal.

Some of the most popular “OMG” foodie favorites at The Bier Boutique are the Bison Burger; it’s a must -try on the menu.  In addition to the food this place is also known for its Craft Beer Menu.  There are 70+ Craft Beers and Ciders all in cans.  One other thing we want to give them a shout out for is their eco-friendly green packaging.

Enjoy The Bier Boutique and some Mid West /Key West Deliciousness.  Open for lunch, dinner and drinks!

The Bier Boutique is located at 1421 First Street, Key West and is open from 11AM – 8PM, Tuesday through Sunday. 305- 741-7779 Thebierboutique.com

Garbo’s Grill

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Photo via Garbo’s Grill Facebook Page

A food Truck/Food Cart soon will be a Food Trailer!   Garbo’s Grill is growing …seriously!  The 8×6 trailer has been good to them but now it’s time to move on.  Tucked away behind Grunts Bar on Caroline Street you will find the AWESOME Garbo’s Grill.  You may stop and think, hmm I’ve heard of that place and YES you probably did.  Garbo’s Grill has been one of the two places we are featuring today that was on Guy Fieri’s Diner, Drive-Ins and Dives. If you missed the episode you can watch the video here: Garbo’s Grill feature on the Food Network.

Garbo’s Grill is worth a visit and not because of its popularity on the Food Network but because of the amazing Asian/Caribbean fusion dishes created by the owners and operators Eli and Kenna Pancomo.  There is a limited menu bursting with flavors like Yum Yum Shrimp or the famous Korean Barbecue Tacos …ALL made to order!  Walk-ins welcome, outdoor seating is available.  Take out is available too.

Garbo’s Grill, 409 Caroline Street, Key West 305-304-3004 Garbosgrillkw.com

 

Bad Boy Burrito

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Bad Boy Burrito, Key West, Florida

A hip, cool eatery serving fresh, tasty, burritos, tacos and juices in an unassuming window on Simonton Street, one block off Duval and one block from Southernmost Beach Resort, is where you will find Bad Boy Burrito.

The location may be small but Bad Boy Burrito specializes in made to order massive build-your-own burritos, tacos and fresh stuffed wraps!  We can’t forget the custom juices either!    Owners Chris and Erin Otten serve only the freshest natural ingredients in their burritos and tacos.   If it’s not fresh, they don’t use it.  They are also a big fan of jalapenos and recommend it on everything.

It’s another hidden gem of Key West with a dedicated local following.  This is how some have described the Bad Boy Burrito experience: awesome, spicy, flavorful, a must stop, fresh ingredients, strong flavors, amazing, you won’t be disappointed.  We agree!

In case you missed it, Bad Boy Burrito was one of the other Key West Restaurants featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives “Kickin’ It in Key West” with Guy Fieri.

Add Bad Boy Burrito to your “where to eat in Key West list” and make sure to ask about the daily hand-made taco specials when you visit and remember they deliver too!  So if you want to hang out poolside or have it delivered to you while on vacation they are just a click or phone call away.

Bad Boy Burrito, 1128 Simonton Street, Key West, Open 11am – 10pm, Mon-Sat, 305-292-2697 Badboyburrito.com

 

 

Cuban Coffee Queen

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Photo: Cubancoffeequeen.com

Greetings from Key West and the Cuban Coffee Queen serving up delicious Cuban coffee, breakfast, sandwiches, salads and smoothies with a Key West vibe!

There are two locations and if you are at the waterfront location you’ll see postcard mural welcoming you to paradise.  On the other side is the welcome window where you place your order.  No seating at this location but the vibe and lively cool atmosphere as well as variety of coffee and cool sandwiches and dishes is worth the visit.

The 2nd location is off of Southard Street in Old Town in the Key Lime Square.  At this location you can dine in and take a seat at one of the picnic tables and enjoy the cool hip atmosphere under the awning.  Knowing there is a second location tells you one thing…great Cuban sandwiches and food, great coffee, great service!  You’re on island time so enjoy it!

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Cuban Coffee Queen Downtown Location – Southard Street

Cuban Coffee Queen is quirky, cool, and lively and has a ton of personality filled in two small locations.  Bring your own mug and get 25 cents off  (offer pertains to any beverage.)  Both locations are a great place to enjoy a Cafe con leche and Cuban toast to start the day and you’ll probably be back for more. Eat in, take-out or have it delivered to you while staying with us.

Cuban Coffee Queen Locations:

Waterfront: 284 Margaret Street, Open 6:30am – 7:00 pm, 305-292-4747 (Pick Up Only)

Downtown (Southard and Duval) open 7:00am – 7:00pm, 305-294-7787 (Delivery, Dine-in, Pick-up) Cubancoffeequeen.com

Now that you know about some of our favorite grab and go fun places to eat in Key West make sure to let us know how you liked them.

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