With Valentine’s Day right around the corner and frigid winter temperatures affecting most of the U.S., it’s the perfect time to escape to the Florida Keys for a romantic getaway. The island chain has some of the warmest winter temps in the nation, and there’s nothing better than warming your heart and rejuvenating your soul in the Keys’ balmy subtropical sunshine.
Imagine savoring Key lime pie French toast for brunch. Or dining on braised beef rib gnocchi with vegetables, mushrooms and pecorino. Those are just two of the specialties at Key West's Azur Restaurant, where chefs/owners Drew Wenzel and Michael Mosi create delicious, innovative dishes inspired by their experiences throughout the world.
In the Florida Keys, restaurants range from gourmet hotspots to dockside seafood “shacks” and trendy food trucks offering a wide variety of options. And while many great restaurants along the historic Florida Keys Overseas Highway provide tasty temptations, venturing into less-explored areas reaps mouthwatering rewards for diners. “Keys Voices” explores five places that should top any foodie’s “don’t-miss list.”
Key West's sun-drenched days and cool island breezes beckon visitors to get out and explore countless outdoor activities — all sure to excite the senses and rejuvenate the spirit after a long, chilly winter indoors. Discover five "locals' favorite" activities that reveal the quintessential appeal of Key West.
Entertaining guests in Key West is a breeze with limitless opportunities to raise the “fun-o-meter” sky-high. One of the top “go-to” places is La Te Da, renowned for its excellent food, decadent libations and lively array of entertainment options.
Once the stone crab season began Oct. 15, the savory claws started starring on the menus of top Keys restaurants — triggering a virtual stampede of savvy seafood aficionados. That's because the claws contain sweet and scrumptious meat that’s among the Keys’ most popular (and deservedly famous) delicacies.
Fans of fine food can enjoy multicourse prix fixe meals at a number of Key West and Islamorada restaurants Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, during WineDine festivities designed to showcase indigenous Florida Keys cuisine and the talents of local chefs. Featured restaurants range from casual waterfront spots to trendy bistros and award-winning gourmet emporiums.
Key West's dining options range from a vintage trolley pizzeria with a wood-fired brick oven to a lovely eatery on a secluded island with spectacular views of the Gulf of Mexico. The city is well known for its over-the-top fresh seafood and delicious island-influenced cuisine — as well as stellar eateries showcasing cuisines from around the world.
Early August marks the start of the Florida Keys’ annual commercial lobster season -- so it's time to savor the sweet, clawless local lobsters in restaurants ranging from waterside seafood shacks to gourmet emporiums. Some foodies even design their own “lobster quest" to sample chefs’ crustacean creations at a variety of eateries from Key Largo to Key West.
Meet the celebrated chef behind some of the Florida Keys' most innovative cuisine: Andy Niedenthal, who has appeared on America's top food television shows, been praised by culinary icon Julia Child, and even cooked for a former president. Now he's the executive chef at Islamorada's Islander Resort, A Guy Harvey Outpost.