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  • Gagan Kaur

Top 5 Eats in Key West

Key West is a hot vacation, paradise spot in Florida and I hadn't gone in years. So for my 25th birthday, I decided to take a road trip to the southernmost tip of the continental United States. Whenever I plan any trips, the first thing I do is write a list of all the things I want to do and eat. Being a foodie I want to make sure I hit the best eats in the specific town or city I am in. In today's blog post I'll be highlighting my top 5 stops in Key West.

1. Kermit's Chocolate Shop

Kermit's Chocolate Shop was one of my favorite stops in Key West, solely because of their chocolate-dipped key lime pie on a stick. There are a couple of locations in Key West and I noticed a lot of other shops selling the pies on a stick as well. The main location is a bright green and yellow storefront at 802 Duval Street, it was founded more than 20 years ago. It's a Key West staple and I highly recommended checking it out, I promise you if you like key lime pie as much as me, you will be running back for more.

2. DJ's Clam Shack

I found DJ's Clam Shack through Instagram where I saw that Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive In's, and Dives recommended it. I've been obsessed with that show ever since I was in high school and love to go places Guy has given his stamp of approval. I went to Dj's with two of my friends and everything sounded so good that we all decided to get something different and share. We ordered the coconut shrimp special, Maine lobster roll, and conch fritters. The food came out fairly quickly and everything was fresh and tasty. The sitting area, which is outdoors is located behind the restaurant but is limited. Overall, we have a great experience at DJ's Clam Shack!

3.Cuban Coffee Queen

Cuban Coffee Queen was one of the best breakfast spots in Key West. I ordered the egg and cheese sandwich on Cuban bread, the Cuban bagel which was Cuban bread coated with honey filled with cream cheese and everything but the bagel seasoning and an iced Cafe Con Leche. The Cuban bagel was one of the best things I honestly ate in Key West! The iced Cafe Con Leche was an amazing balance of strong espresso and milk. It is a outdoor, grab, and go situation with limited seating. One of the main reasons I wanted to come here was because of the postcard mural on the building, it was such a cute and Instagrammable spot in Key West.

4. Garbo's Grill

Garbo's Grill is a permanently parked food truck with unique tacos, burritos, and hot dog creations in Key West. They are plenty of outdoor seating sounding by palm trees and roosters. I ended up getting the cayo styled yum yum shrimp tacos, they were loaded with flavor and had a good balance of sweet and spicy. I love out of the box food creations and Garbo's gave me just that.

5. Glazed Donuts

Glazed Donuts was absolutely delicious, there were so many mouth-watering choices of donuts but I decided to go with their specialty key lime pie donut. I also ordered an iced latte from the coffee shop that is attached to Glazed Donuts called Red Buoy. The key lime pie donut was the perfect balance of sweet and sour and the espresso was exquisite. My friends and I went in 20 minutes after opening and there was already a line out the door but the wait wasn't too bad. I would highly recommend Glazed Donuts, the service and food were outstanding.

Overall, if you like to eat, drink, party, relax and explore, Key West is the place for you! The food is out of this world, I just wish I had more time and a bigger appetite to try it all. If you liked this blog post, let me know by commenting or sharing! Also if you want to see anything specific, comment down below.

sincerely, gagan

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