Savoring Key West: Culinary Gems and Craft Cocktail Discoveries

Key West, with its stunning beaches and vibrant atmosphere, is not just for beach-goers but also for food and drink aficionados. The island’s dining scene is buzzing with the arrival of innovative eateries and the transformation of traditional favorites. Discover the places that are shaping the latest food and drink trends in Key West: the classic charm of Antonia’s, the fresh taste of Atlas Izakaya, the culinary creativity at Bob’s on Margaret, and the new haven for craft cocktail aficionados, The Parlour at Avalon.

Antonia’s – A Timeless Charm Reimagined

Antonia’s has long been a staple in Key West’s dining scene, and its recent renovation has only elevated its charm. Known for their in-house daily pasta creations, this Italian haven offers a cozy yet sophisticated dining experience on Duval Street. Whether you’re in for a romantic dinner or a casual evening with friends, Antonia’s newly refurbished setting provides the perfect backdrop.

Savoring Key West: Culinary Gems and Craft Cocktail Discoveries

In a recent OpenTable review, Camp from Salt Lake City highly praised Antonia’s in Key West. Describing it as their top dining choice, Camp’s review celebrates the variety of favorite dishes at Antonia’s, boasting over 100 visits without disappointment. This echoes Antonia’s well-known consistency in quality and friendliness, further solidifying its reputation as a beloved dining spot.

Address: 615 Duval Street, Key West, Florida 33040
Hours: Every day, 5 pm – 10 pm
Website: Antonia’s Key West

Atlas Izakaya – A New Japanese Culinary Adventure

One of the newest additions to Key West’s dining landscape, Atlas Izakaya, brings a fresh Japanese flavor to the island. The term ‘Izakaya’ represents a place to stay and drink, perfectly capturing the essence of this establishment. It’s not just a restaurant; it’s an experience where guests can immerse themselves in a relaxed atmosphere while enjoying small plates packed with flavor. The open kitchen concept adds a touch of theatrics to the dining experience, and the Omakase Bar seating is a must-try for an exclusive culinary journey. 

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Echoing the excitement, Anna, a recent visitor to Atlas Izakaya, shared her experience in a Google review: “OMFG, 100/5. It is absolutely amazing, the best fish we ever had, and the best food overall… Most dishes are small, designed to share, so prepare to order numerous dishes. Everything is amazing quality… We went twice during our stay in Key West, and we would go again if we were here longer… The servers are a delight, both were very friendly and extremely helpful.” This enthusiastic review underscores the exceptional quality and inviting atmosphere of Atlas Izakaya. Photo courtesy of Atlas Izakaya.

Address: 500 Truman Ave #7, Key West, FL 33040
Hours: Monday – Saturday: 5:00 PM – 10:00 PM, Sunday: Closed
Website: Atlas Izakaya
Specialty: Omakase Bar seating – a 10 Course Shefu Menu (Call 305-998-4189 for bookings)

Bob’s on Margaret – Discover A New Level of Taste 

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Nestled in the heart of Old Town, Bob’s on Margaret is another exciting new entry in Key West’s gastronomic scene. As highlighted in a recent Google review from Jason Barnett, this restaurant boasts an impressive high-end wine selection and a menu crafted by Chef Rodrigo Alvarez that includes standout dishes like Sesame Salmon Quinoa and Duck Breast Confit. The atmosphere blends a fun Key West vibe with modern Art Deco decor, making it a lively yet sophisticated dining spot. The service is highly commended for its warmth and attentiveness. Bob’s on Margaret is quickly establishing itself as a must-visit destination for both locals and tourists seeking a top-notch culinary experience.

Don’t be surprised when you hear ‘amazing, we’ll be back, loved everything, and OMG the ribs are phenomenal’ because that’s how good the food, drinks, and atmosphere are here.  Photo courtesy of Bob’s on Margaret. 

Address: 532 Margaret St., Key West, FL
Hours: Open 5 pm – 10 pm. Closed Wednesdays
Website: Bob’s on Margaret

The Parlour at Avalon

The latest addition to Key West’s upscale bar scene, The Parlour at Avalon, is capturing the hearts of cocktail lovers with its designer concoctions and intimate ambiance. Tucked away at the Southernmost Beach Resort’s Avalon Guesthouse, this gem offers a distinctive blend of sophistication and relaxation, making it a must-visit for anyone seeking the perfect drink in a perfect setting.

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“There is a cocktail bar inside of The Avalon hosted by the incredible bartender Konstantine. He made our honeymoon feel so special and fun, recommending restaurants, bars, and special drinks to try. He made every day we were there feel like a celebration not just for us, but for everyone at the bar. And there are 2-for-1 cocktails from 5-7 pm every day! Between the happy hour and the included breakfast AND lunch (they call it snacks but it is a meal!), hosted by the kind Ophelia, we got to know so many fellow guests, making the experience that much more enjoyable.”~ Becky Paris Yoga

Open 3 pm-9 pm daily, The Parlour is not just about the artistry in its cocktails; it’s about the full experience. With its prime people-watching porch, you can soak in the laid-back Key West lifestyle while enjoying some of the finest handcrafted drinks in town. Make sure to step into The Parlour at the Avalon Guesthouse for a taste of local charm on your next Key West adventure!

Key West’s culinary and craft cocktail scene has never been more exciting. So why wait? Come savor the flavors of the island and discover a new favorite you’ll eagerly return to visit on each trip to paradise. #somolife