How low can you go — and we’re talking price, here — in the southernmost U.S. city? In between the happy hours and sunbathing sessions, you’ve got to eat. Fortunately, there are plenty of places to grab a quick and inexpensive bite. Check out this round-up of the best spots to chow down and save big.
Serving a wildly diverse menu of Mexican-Asian fusion cuisine out of a truck, Garbo’s Grill has a little something for everyone, from Korean BBQ tacos to Mango Dogs. The mobile eatery, owned by a husband and wife team, has even been featured on the Food Network’s hit show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives.
Bien is the place to find the authentic Caribbean and Latin cuisine in Key West. Try one of their gourmet sandwiches, like The Press (roasted pork with banana peppers, smoked ham, mozzarella cheese, and caramelized onions) or the Tofu Delight (bite-size pieces of organic tofu, sauteed in olive oil with garlic tapenade).
Duetto Pizza and Gelato
You might not expect a charming Italian bistro in the heart of Key West, but Duetto offers espresso panini, and gelato right in the center of the action. Take your pick of classic pies, including La Rossa, or The Red One — that means no cheese, but lots of sauce!
Breakfast, sandwiches, and coffee are all on the menu at Munch Box, a quiet (yet wildly popular) spot. Get your day started with a kick and order a gourmet coffee and a wrap like the Power House — egg whites, turkey pastrami, spicy cheese, and hot sauce. Vegetarians are also in luck here, as there’s a variety of meat-free options.
Amigos Tortilla Bar
Amigos is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and its claim to fame is the square taco. While it may sound unorthodox, don’t knock it ’til you try it! Fillings include chicken, beef, carnitas, fish, shrimp, vegetables, and chorizo potatoes. Fun fact: 95% of the menu is gluten free!
A solid lunch choice on bustling Duval Street, Panini Schamini specializes in the grilled, pressed sandwiches. Try the Curry Chicken, Cuban, or Hummus & Spinach Panini. In the mood for something sweeter? If you stop by for breakfast in the morning, you can indulge in the Nutella & Banana Panini.