Mad Girl Eats Key West

Day Eats: Paseo, 1000 Eaton St., Key West, FL

I ate at the original Paseo in Seattle and was thrilled to find the new Key West version with a broad menu. Hopes of reliving the experience of eating one of my top 5 sammies in the U.S., the Cuban roasted pork sandwich, so close to home turned to reality and it was on!wpid-20121201_123025-1-1.jpg To my joy, they added some other tasty bits. Fire roasted, herb and parmesan topped, corn on the cob….hella yummy. The Fish in Red Sauce is a new favorite…piled on a bed of rice with a bowl of seasoned black beans and a side salad of greens and beets. What a feast…and freaking incredible!wpid-20121201_123011-1.jpg

No seating indoors and only 3 tables and a long bench outdoors. Tip: There is a parking ramp just west of Paseo. Easy breezy parking! Definitely worth the stop.

4.5 perfect mouthfuls out of 5.

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Night Eats: Martin’s, 917 Duval Street, Key West, FL

Beautifully chic Martin’s, was a pleasant surprise on Duval Street.  wpid-20121201_210754.jpgThe atmosphere is a South Beach/Manhattan mix. The menu, eclectic and extraordinary. For starters, the Sea Scallop Florentine app was delectable. A generous amount of scallops sautéed in bacon and spinach then finished with gouda.   I could have eaten this alllll night with my Pinot Grigio. Note to self: Upon my return to Key West, stop by Martin’s and order the sea scallop starter x 3.

My maincourse was the Duck Breast “Schwarzwald”.wpid-20121201_214402.jpg A-maz-ing moist duck on burgundy sauce, served with red cabbage, rosemary potatoes, and a roasted pear half with Lingonberry marmalade. A triumphant plate.

My sweet ending was their Creme brulee, (one of my faves) was on-point.

Yes, I chose a heavy-handed, rich dinner. It was worth every morsel.

http://martinskeywest.com 

5 out of 5 taste makers points. My mouth is watering right now.

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