With Key West always welcoming new restaurants, it’s no surprise that there are many exciting additions to town. Whether it’s digging into seafood-in-a-bag high above Front Street or sipping a cold pint at Key West’s newest brewery, there’s plenty to put on your must-try list in the New Year. Here are five of the best new restaurants to check out in Key West.
The newest member of Key West’s AQUAPLEX (five experiences under one roof including the world famous AQUA Theater and Bar), Aqua Belle Fusion Food Truck opens daily at 7 a.m. and stays open as late as 2 a.m., leaving a lot of hours in the day to try this hidden gem’s southern fusion eats. The reviews are soaring for this ‘fusion food for royalty’ spot, whose dishes include Mama Barrett’s Catfish po’ boy, pulled pork Epiphany Eggs Benedict on waffles, Fried Okra, and Creole Jambalaya. 504 Angela St.
The brand new brew pub is a much welcomed new addition to the island lacking in locally brewed beer. Southernmost Pint Brewpub has a few house-brewed ones to choose from (brewed under the name Blast Beer Co.), plus wine, canned cocktails, and plates like chili cheese popcorn, seafood ceviche, and street corn. The bartenders are friendly, the service is quick, and there’s an inside bar and outside courtyard that projects televised sports on the side of a building. 522 Front St.
The New Orleans chicken shop made its very first expansion out of the French Quarter this summer - to Key West! Willie’s Chicken Shack’s hot, juicy, fresh chicken is fried Cajun style and served with signature sauces, fries, and honey-glazed biscuits. Plus, their fun daiquiri menu fits in just fine here in Key West. 221 Duval St.
Izakaya means “stay-drink-place,” a word that perfectly summarizes the new chef-owned and operated restaurant specializing in Japanese small plates. The small space churns out dishes with big flavor, like the Hot Mustard Tuna Cones, King Crab Tacos, and Caviar Osetra, a beautifully presented dish consisting of premium caviar alongside a soft egg, crème fraiche, and potato chips. Eat well and feel even better knowing that a portion of Atlas Izakaya’s menu offerings support the Boys and Girls Club of the Keys. 500 Truman Ave. #7, Naval Air Station Key West
5. Yummy Crab
This seafood joint may be flying under the radar, but with one of the best views in town, Yummy Crab could soon hold a permanent spot in your Key West restaurant rotation. Yummy Crab sits above the Treasure Island gift shop on the busy intersection of Front, Whitehead, and David Wolkowsky Streets. Grab a seat on their deck for views of Clinton Square Market in the old Coast Guard headquarters building and the Key West Museum of Art and History at the Custom House. Dishes are served ‘seafood-in-a-bag’ style, with your choice of seafood served alongside corn and red potatoes. Of course, Yummy Crab’s menu includes a variety of crab like snow, king, blue, and dungeness. 300 Front Street (upstairs)
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