Food & Drink, Key West
Key Lime anything - you can get it here. Key Lime pie on a stick (covered with chocolate), regular key lime pie, key lime ice cream and sorbet, key lime coffee and tea, key lime spices and marinades, key lime candy, mixes for key lime pie, key lime juice, etc. I found a key lime shop (devoted to key lime mostly) just down the street from Duvall, heading towards Mallory Square
Fondest memory: The sunshine - although it was very bright. The atmosphere around Duval reminded me a bit of Bourbon St in New Orleans, although the key lime really was my favourite.
There are some dishes that originate from here. Perhaps you might want to sample some of them while in town?
First and foremost, Key Lime Pie is no stranger to many menus across the country. Often, they are not the real thing. The true Key Lime Pie is actually made from a "key lime" that only comes from this area. When made into a pie, this little lime will form a yellow color to the pie. If the pie is green, it is not a Key Lime Pie. You can get a slice of it in many eateries and often it is served frozen on a stick.
Another type of food that comes from the "Conch Republic" of Key West is none other than the conch fritter. It is hard to believe you are eating the organism that comes from the nice seashells, yet you are. You can expect to see conch in some form on local menus. If you like seafood, why not give it a try?
Whether or not you try the pie, fritters, or neither, you absolutely want to drink a lot of liquids here. Dehydration occurs rapidly in this near tropical zone whether or not you are in the water or you are walking up and down Duval Street.
Fondest memory: Eating the real Key Lime Pie (twice).
Remember, workers in Key West pay astronomical rents to be able to serve you in this little paradise... or is it that they have to work crappy jobs to scrape by living in a little paradise... ah well
either way, tip your server.
Favorite thing: Eat Key Lime Pie!!! Oh my heaven, it is so delicious here. I bought my slice at Blond Giraffe which is a small stall located on Duvall St. Here's a pic of my piece of pie! It was so awesome, creamy and slightly tart. I should have bought more as I ended up sharing it with the person with me! Blond Giraffe Key Lime Pie