Monday, February 09, 2009
Key West Adventure
Spent the weekend in Key West, a chilly weekend at that, but one that was filled with a much-needed break from Miami and anything work-related. We didn't really do much (isn't that the point of the Keys?) except hang out, avoid the drunks on Duval, eat fish sandwiches and admire the sunsets. We stopped in for a leisurely lunch at Pepe's, a Key West institution serving food since 1909. We got there at noon, just as they were transitioning from breakfast to lunch so no pancakes for us (but I spied folks finishing up their breakfasts and it looked good). There were plenty of cruise-ship tourists, so there was about a 35-minute wait on tables. The place is small with maybe 20 seats inside and 25 outside. The wait becomes more festive when you realize they have beer on tap for $1.50 and all their cocktails are made with fresh-squeezed juice, a nice touch.
We tried the fish chowder (excellent) and mahi sandwiches ($10, with $1 extra for blackened, kind of worth it). Almost stayed for a piece of homemade pie but looked up and saw a dozen people salivating for our table so we felt guilty lingering. There's always next time.