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You know there are places you pass by almost every day en route to work or play, but you never seem to stop in. Well, curiosity gets to you eventually and you are pleasantly surprised and could kick yourself for not trying the location a long time ago. It took a special friend to suggest a visit to Salute restaurant on Higgs Beach on the Atlantic side of Key West for me to realize I’ve been missing out. The food is wonderful.
I need to say at the outset that the reason I held off trying this eatery was the fact we have a homeless problem on our island and without getting into the politics of it they seem to like Higgs. I’ve done work with homeless in Washington, DC, so I understand the need to assist them with living quarters and a clean environment. Anyone can be intimidated about frequenting a store or restaurant where homeless gather. The city is about to resolve the matter and this will help make a visit to Higgs Beach for play and food more appetizing. The Key West Aids Memorial, African American Cemetery, Martello Museum and White Street pier are also part of the Higgs Beach landscape. You can even attend Yoga classes on the beach here every morning. Nevertheless, I am glad I ventured into Salute with encouragement from my friend and I look forward to each visit.
My favorite meal there to date has been the grilled chicken over a bowl of peppery flavored brussel sprouts. Why aren’t Brussels sprouts available on more menus in the world? I love them and I know a number of people who would love to have that option as a side to their entrée. This is also a restaurant that demands wine. Everything is cooked with flavorful ingredients and served with thoughtful presentation and a carafe just seems to make the meal complete.
You can eat inside if you like, but the Atlantic is right there and even if a bit warm outside wouldn’t you prefer to embrace it then separate yourself from it? The warm family-like atmosphere adds to the experience without being too cloying. I think you will be happy with the price of the meals considering what you get for the cost and there’s a beachfront full of parking spaces so driving there (it’s off the mainstream tourist area) is an easy task to be sure.
As resort spots allow themselves to succumb to corporate entities it gets harder to find eating spots with local flavor and personality. You may have to go off the main tourist path to find it, but you will be happy that Salute’ is at the end of your trek. Enjoy!Doug Heyman in Key West for the Food Reference website
Restaurants in KEY WEST
A&B Lobster House
White table cloth, fancy wine list - since 1947, the A&B has been destination of choice for superior seafood dinning. In elegant tradition of 40’s-era super clubs everywhere. Only the prices have changed.
Famous for their large portions of standard fare.Entrees accompanied by tasty salad and bread. Bought to you by same good folks who run Picies and bustling Duffy’s Lobster House. Fast service - dinner only.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner in an air - conditioned dinning room with a view of Duval street. Entrees such as meatloaf with magic mushrooms sauce and Cuban style mojo marinated ostrich.
Alonzo’s Oyster Bar
Raw bar and seafood featuring oysters served up in every yummy way imaginable. Delectable chowders, sandiches salads and coctails. Beer and wine.
Open your eyes wide with morning bloody Mary during breakfast. Then just coctails and music till 1a.m.
Big John’s Pizza, Pasta and Subs
overing all Key West, Big John offers just about any kind of pizza, pasta or subs sandwich you can think of. Dine in or take out. Free delivery
You don’t have to die to come here. Terrific stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner and must see on every tourist itinerary. Come early, sunday are impossible. No reservations. Chicken, dogs and cats are commonplace, but ussually wellbehaved. Food is remarkable and satisfying.
Make reservations. You will definately need them. “Food of Americas”, seaffod intesive with carribean flair. service is uniformly exceptional.
Cafe Med is tucked away in a old town neighborhood, which means no crowds, no rush and good service. Excellent Mediterranean crusine.
Camille’s serves delicious breakfast - aol just recently named Camille’s the best breakfast in the U.S. - and at lunch , the best grilled cheese and tomato sandwich everywhere.
Dine outdoors on duval or phone in your salad, burger, sandwich order to go and they will deliver for free, as long as you are in Old Town area.
The Grand Cafe
Outdoor dinning area offers a fine view on duval street’s wild and wonderfull parade of pedestrian traffic. serious wine list and bar. Wicked good desserts.
Karr Breizh Creperie
Walk up to window service in the hearth of comercial district. Memorable sweet crepes, galettes and paninis
La Te Da
La Te Da has come and gone and come again since it opened in the early 80s in a house where, a century earlier, Cuban revolutionary Jose Marti is said to have entraptured crowds with his stirring balcony speeches. Today you can sip delicious cotail or have a dinner on that same balcony. Food is excellent, but the good looking staff is what you will remember!!!. Upstairs, the Crystal Room Cabaret features some of America’s most famous drag shows.
So today I finally install my hammock on my porch. No internet aviable so I spent my time with cleaning house. Nothing interesting - life is going on.
Yesterday Juan showed up, and offered me 700$ for room for his sister. I took it. I need to throw away czeck guy. I already did actually. Two week notice… but he was such a speculant that he just skipped paying deposit - like nothing happen. He is nearly same blood as me, but in that kind of case I don’t have a mercy with people. If he will pay deposit I wouldn’t do it, but I am going to do it because of that - rather Mexican woman with a kid than Czeck speculant with attitude.
He didn’t want to help himself, why should I?
Looking forward for “Departed” movie, hopefully I will make it to cinema tonight.
Miss Intercontinental 2006 - Katarina Manova from Slovakia, finaly someone made it. Two weeks ago - Miss Universe - from Czeck republic, what a “double” for our chicks:))))
Our Christmas party in LaTeDa. Debra&Patrick. Waiting lyrics - for foreigners:)))))
So thats me foreigner who waits tables here in beautifull Key West. I would like to bring you all news and stories in theese pages. My english - nothing special - but at least you might have a FUN!!!