Off-Duval: Some Bahama Village Favs

When friends & family come into town, the first thing they usually want to do is check out the beaches and Duval Street. But after bar-hopping and eating our way up and down this main drag, we look forward to taking them to some of our local favs that aren’t on Duval. We have a ton of off-Duval favs and the few I’m highlighting in today’s blog are just the tip of the iceberg. It also helps that they’re all within about 2 or 3 blocks from our house.

In the heart of Bahama Village and just two blocks off Duval, we’re within walking & biking distance of everything in Old Town. We are extremely fortunate to be just a few short blocks away from many of our favorite off-Duval restaurants like Blue Heaven, FireFly, Santiago’s Bodega, Six-Toed Cat, La Creperie, Andy’s Cabana Bar & Grill, and one of Bahama Village’s newest additions; Blue Macaw Island Eats & Bar. Here’s three of our favorites, and they’re all right next to each other.

The entrance to Blue Heaven – 729 Thomas Street

Whether you’ve been to Key West or not, you’ve probably heard of Blue Heaven. But just to whet your appetite and entice you to come check it out (again), it’s one of Key West’s most famous restaurants. A recent blog written by kpodadventures sums up the Blue Heaven dining experience very nicely, calling it the perfect breakfast spot. I’m pretty sure we’d all agree with that assessment, especially after you try one of their Blue Heaven benedicts topped with lime hollandaise. But don’t just go for breakfast – dinners here are fantastic. I pretty much always order the yellowtail snapper entree when I’m here for dinner. Featuring live music most days, this outdoor dining institution is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and is worth the wait (there’s always a wait!) at any time of day.

If you’re ever in Key West… grab brunch at Blue Heaven! It’s a local treasure a couple of blocks off of Duval Street. The pancakes are the fluffiest, the Bloody Goose is deliciously strong, and the outdoor seating area is full of cute critters (the good kind!). – kpodadventures

La Creperie – 300 Petronia Street

Across the street from Blue Heaven’s entrance are two more local favs. At 300 Petronia Street you’ll find La Creperie French Cafe.  Describing themselves as a genuine French creperie nestled in the heart of Bahama Village, La Creperie doesn’t disappoint. In a delightful blog that does La Creperie more justice (and has better photos!) than anything I could write, Juliedible calls it a must visit and c’est magnifique! – and I couldn’t agree more.

Little did I know we would find the closest thing you can to a French street café, serving up the most amazing crepes you’ve ever had!          – juliedible

Andy’s Cabana – 308 Petronia Street

Open Wednesday thru Sunday and next to La Creperie on Petronia Street is Andy’s Cabana. Most people stumble upon Andy’s by accident (usually because of the long wait at Blue Heaven!) and unless you’d been there before, you probably wouldn’t know it was even there. Known for their hippie tea and great food, simply order at the window and find a cozy seat or lounge in one of their hammocks while you enjoy their outdoor patio. When visitors envision the laid back atmosphere and outdoor charm of Bahama Village, they’re usually envisioning a place like Andy’s.

The funky, relaxed patio at Andy’s.

Next time: Some Bahama Village Favs: Part II


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