Head over to Key West and celebrate Cinco De Mayo! If ever there was a classic Cinco de Mayo celebration location outside of Mexico, it would have to be Key West. What other city is unofficially dubbed Margaritaville? Not long ago we dedicated one of our blogs to best margaritas in town. Today let me introduce you to top Mexican fare.
Old Town Mexican Café. Location: 609 Duval Street.
“It’s a style of Mexican food that’s layered, sophisticated in flavor, and completely original, and it’s just coming into its own in the US,” explains the acclaimed chef-owner of Old Town Mexican Cafe, Gail Brockway. “We use all fresh ingredients — local wherever possible — and make everything from scratch. We even roast our own chilies!” Old Town Mexican Cafe is entering its 15th delicious year, and continues to delight locals and visitors alike with its blend of traditional and contemporary, familiar and unexpected Southwestern flavors. Call (305) 296-7500 or visit www.oldtownmexicancafe.com
A small eatery in a residential neighborhood quickly became a locals favorite. Cars and trucks often line up the street during lunch hours to get Lupita’s take on workman’s lunch. The restaurant offers authentic Mexican Food. With daily breakfast specials, lunch specials and dinner complimented with Mexican beers, wines and Margaritas this joint is definitely worth a shot. Take out and free delivery available. Call (305) 294-3098
Fire roasted corn on the cob is delicious and different. Topped with aioli, parmesan, salt, paprika, a hint of lime and bits of parsley and cilantro. Caribbean roast pork on baguette with aioli, cilantro, romaine lettuce and oodles of carmelized onions – and ask for the pickled jalepenos on the side. Big pieces of mahi mahi with all of the same toppings as the pork sandwich with spice level from 1 to 5. Sandwiches are huge. Platters are mouthwatering. If you can move, you can waddle across the street to the bakery to get coffee and sweets. Call (305) 517-6740 or visit www.bienkeywest.com