Happy Pancake Day! Where do Insiders go for great breakfast, pancakes in Florida? {updated}

Does anyone really need an excuse to indulge in the highlight of American breakfast? Interestingly enough, “Pancake Day” or “Pancake Tuesday” didn’t get its name in America. A colloquial term originating in the United Kingdom and Ireland for Shrove Tuesday, i.e. Fat Tuesday or the Tuesday before Lent begins, Christians coined the phrase “Pancake Day” […]






Zest’s Best Key West Restaurant | The Café serves up innovative vegan dishes for veggies and meatlovers

Times can be tough for traveling vegans and vegetarians. My vegetarian friends complain that there’s only so many veggie burgers and plates of mac n’cheese they can stomach and my vegan friends often are relegated to munching on tortilla chips and salsa or guacamole for their meal. I love guacamole as much as the next […]






This Caribbean-influenced eatery in Key West’s Bahama Village is a must-see/must-eat stop for any Key West visitor. The historical location once served as a boxing ring where Hemingway refereed, a bordello, and was the inspiration for Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Blue Heaven Rendezvous.” The lunch and dinner menu is heavy on local seafood, with staples like barbecued shrimp or seared scallops Provencal, but […]






All the pasta is made by hand at this Old Town Italian restaurant situated on a quiet, tree-lined block on Southerd Street. A good value for Key West, Mangia Mangia features a reasonably-priced wine list and entrees ranging from $10 to $20. The menu includes a variety of fresh daily pastas that can be mixed-and […]






Celebrating its 25th year in Key West, this spot on Duval Street is a full service bakery with a bistro that serves up delicious brunch fare including quiche, crepes, eggs benedict and brioche French toast. Croissants de France is the perfect place to shake off a morning hangover with brunch and mimosas. Le Decandante is […]