IN THE TROPICS THEY COME AND THEY GO
Ambrosia is back and they are better than ever. You might remember them when they were on Virginia St many years ago. They call themselves a sushi restaurant – sake bar. I think they are much more. I especially like the edamame to kick things off. The avocado spring mix salad is delicious, huge to boot not to mention great price. Numerous rolls to choose from but one warning – steer clear of the tempura. Way too greasy for my taste and it was the same when they were on Virginia St. Try the Teriyaki Fish – you can’t go wrong. My favorite desert (perhaps on the entire island) is the Fondants au Chocolat. I’m not going to try to describe it – JUST GET IT! You can thank me later. Patricia will greet you and tell her I said hi. 1401 Simonton St (south) lunch 11:30-2 M-F Dinner 6-10 daily 293-0304
La Creperie Key West, this place rocks! But take my advice and start with the sweets. My favorite this week is the ‘fresh pineapple w/coconut and caramel’ crepe or is it banana, sugar and key lime w/ gelato. If you are still hungry after your dessert, how about the Norwegian Smoked Salmon w/a light lemon & chives cream sauce – the crepe is made with buckwheat? special omelets daily. My drink of choice is chai tea on ice. Herbal teas, espresso and cappuccino also available. Sandwiches and Panini if you must. Owners Sylvie & Yolande have been selling their wares from a small cart around town for years and now their new location on the corner of Thomas & Petronia Streets (Bahama Village). Tell the ladies I send my love. 7 days a week – 7:30 til 5 PM 300 Petronia 305-517-6799 (Cash Only-ATM coming soon)
El Siboney is the place for Cuban food. The garlic chicken is my choice. Dump the entire bowl of black beans over the yellow (saffron) rice and wave the basket when you want/need more hot overly buttered Cuban bread (baked fresh daily on the island). Split a flan with a Con Leche to seal the deal. In season you better get there early but it is worth wait if you are late. At this location years ago was the Cuban Restaurant called La Lechonera. La Lechonera had printed over the entrance to the dining area, “once on the lips, forever on the hips”. That about says it all. El Siboney have just open another location in Marathon. Look for it on your way down. I don’t know where it is or the address in Marathon but I have heard it is just as good. Daily 11 til 9:30 PM 900 Catherine Street 305-296-8850
I have taken a couple restaurants off my recommended list. The Good Life on Virginia Street has gone out of business. They’ll be missed. Jose’s Cantina, on White Street, is still in business but I no longer go there and the less said the better. Can’t believe I’m taking the high road. Salsa Loco has moved to the rear of Cowboy Bill’s on the corners of Angela & Duval Street. Still good eatin’ there.
I’m bringing back Besame Mucho by popular demand. The service has improved greatly – just like in the old days. By this I mean the owners are there. Soy candles, unique jewelry, lots of interesting stuff you won’t find any place else and they offer free off street parking. When I use the words unique and interesting I mean it ain’t cheap but for that special person you can’t go wrong – good value. Mon – Sat 10 10 til 6 PM Sunday 10 til 4 PM 315 Petronia Street 305-294-1928