Mile 0 Fest: Food for Thought … Literally

The Mile 0 Fest focus is on music but the availability of great food around Key West isn’t to be ignored.

The recent release of the full lineup and schedule for Mile 0 Fest – available on the official app wherever you download to your devices – is a lot to digest. And as if you didn’t need any more decisions to make, there’s plenty of amazing food on the island worth making time to enjoy.

There’s probably plenty we’re missing out on but after a few trips to the keys and our experience last year during the festival, a list of favorites has been provided to guide you in the quest for sustenance during the week.

Abbondanza Italian Restaurant – 1208 Simonton St.
Dinner (4:30pm-10:30pm)
“Key West’s favorite Italian dining spot offering an extensive selection and friendly local atmosphere. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Reservations are accepted for large groups.

Angelina’s Pizzeria – 208 Duval St.
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night (11:00am-3:30am)
“Order your favorite pizza, pasta, salad, and more, in person or with the click of a button.”

Blue Heaven – 729 Thomas St.
Breakfast, Lunch (8:00am-4:00pm) Dinner (5:00pm-10:30pm)
“One taste of the blueberry pancakes, carrot and curry soup, miso-marinated eggplant salad, or scallops provencale and you’ll have no doubt ingredients and the gentle time it takes to prepare fine food are the priorities. The menu barely changes (not even the specials, except to offer seasonal stone crab claws), which means that caribbean shrimp deglazed with red stripe, jamaican jerk chicken or pan-sautéed yellowtail with citrus beurre blanc will be there for you next time, too – even if the reserve selections on the notable wine list may change. Heavenly indeed, and home of quite possibly the best key lime pie the island offers, with its mountains of baked meringue topping.” (review courtesy of http://www.guyoh.com)

BO’s Fishwagon – 801 Caroline St.
Lunch, Dinner (11:00am-9:30pm)
“You don’t need to dust the sand off your feet to eat right in this town. For the perfect fish sandwich, head to B.O.’s Fish Wagon, a hopping little open-air shack that turns out fresh food with zero fuss.”

Fritas Cuban Burgers – 425 Southard St.
Lunch, Dinner (11:00am-11:00pm)
“The Frita is a heavenly burger with origins in 1930’s Cuba where they were considered a native street food. Frita’s exclusive recipes were developed slowly and lovingly with visits to Cuba and assistance from Cuban friends. They are a mouthwatering blend of beef and pork burger seasoned with Spanish spices and topped with a special sauce and crispy fried julienne potatoes, all sandwiched on a Cuban bun. Salty, savory, sweet and crunchy.”

Grand Cafe – 314 Duval St.
Lunch, Dinner (11:30am-11:30pm)
“A warm and inviting family-owned restaurant located on Duval Street, in Key West. Grand Cafe owner Maria Wevers and her staff are dedicated to serving a quality meal prepared with the freshest produce, meat and seafood. You are invited to spend a lazy afternoon having lunch in our garden, or enjoy a starlit meal on our wraparound porch. Featuring fresh seafood specials, and an award-winning wine list.”

Louie’s Backyard – 700 Waddell Ave.
Lunch (11:30am-3:00pm) Dinner (6:00pm-10:00pm) Bar (11:30pm-1:00am)
“Oh, if only for a backyard as beautiful as the spectacular oceanfront setting offered by this Caribbean-American restaurant, Key West’s Most Popular destination, where you can dine on incredible cuisine served by a professional staff on either the fabulous multilevel deck or in the elegant dining room; it’s many folks’ idea of heaven” – Zagat

Michaels Restaurant – 532 Margaret St.
Dinner (5:30pm-Until)
“Michaels emphasis on quality and service, coupled with casual island elegance, has established this Key West restaurant as a long-time favorite of visitors with discriminating dining palates and locals alike. Rest assured, from the first chilled martini to the last scrumptious bite of the warm chocolate volcano, Michaels will delight and satisfy.”

Pepe’s – 806 Caroline St.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (7:30am-9:30pm)
“You can feel the history on the walls at Pepe’s.” A great location for breakfast, mimosas or any other meal, day or night.

Schooner Wharf Bar – 202 William St.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (7:30am-11:00pm, 12:00pm Sunday)
“A last little piece of old Key West that just keeps getting better with time. An island institution since 1984, this funky open-air bar – located on the site of the old Singleton Shrimp factory – beckons tourists and locals alike with Its unique blend of special events, delicious cuisine and great live music.”

Smokin’ Tuna Saloon – 4 Charles St.
Lunch, Dinner (11:30am-11:00pm) Bar (11:00am-2:00am)
“Key West’s premier music venue. Great local seafood & world-class musicians on our courtyard stage.”

Southernmost Beach Cafe – 1405 Duval St.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (7:00am-9:30pm)
“Enjoy your morning coffee on the beach and catch a spectacular sunrise. Enjoy a delicious burger while you’re lounging in the sun. Have a romantic candlelight dinner overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. And indulge in a nightcap before you say goodnight. Unlike any other restaurant in Key West, this is oceanfront dining at its best. Come experience breakfast, lunch and dinner seven days a week, from 7:00am until 9:30pm daily.”

Truman Waterfront Park Amphitheater Food Vendors – 21 E. Quay Rd.
Dinner (3:00pm-11:00pm)
From local seafood fare to BBQ, the lineup of festival vendors was impressive and reasonably priced last year. If you’re interested in soaking up a majority of the performances each evening, then grab a bite between sets here.

Turtle Kraals – 231 Margaret St.
Lunch, Dinner (11:00am-10:00pm)
“Whether you’re vacationing in Key West or a familiar local face, Turtle Kraals restaurant and bar is the prime spot for experiencing the island’s freshest seafood and laid-back, festive atmosphere.”

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