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Hello again! Back for round 2 of our Key West adventure. Here’s Part 1 if you missed it.

Sleeping in felt SO good Saturday morning. The one thing about traveling with a group of people though is that everyone has their own schedule of how they operate. Nick and Ashley got up an hour or so before the rest of us and were ready to go before we could even think of stepping out of bed. So we decided to break off and meet up later once we were ready to start the day.

Once Tori, Jon and I were ready for the day we called to see where Nick and Ashley had ended up. They were at Pepe’s Cafe eating breakfast so we headed over there.

They were pretty much done by the time we got there so we got in line for a table. This was a popular place! It’s the oldest restaurant in Key West and has a pretty cute atmosphere.

Once we were seated we started off with drink orders. I tried the Mango Fizz, which was fresh mango puree with champagne. DELISH.

As soon as I heard the omelet special I knew I wanted it. Pork tenderloin with cheese, peppers and onions topped with black bean salsa and guacamole. Yes, please.

Unfortunately, it was almost the end of their breakfast so they were running out of things left and right. They ran out of guac 🙁 and their homemade key lime bread, which we really wanted to try.

This was so good. Never tried pork tenderloin in a omlete before! I missed the guac, but the other components came together nicely. We also got a side of corned beef hash to try, which was also delicious…salty meaty goodness!

After we stuffed ourselves we walked around some and met back up with Nick and Ashley. We came across the Custom House, which houses the Museum of Art and History. It was only $6 admission so we decided to check it out.

This is the first time where I really realized how much wonderful history is in Key West.

Downstairs there was an exhibit of a famous cartoonist, who’s from Key West. I’ve forgotten his name, but maybe you recognize the cartoons?

Up the stairs there was a dedicated room is Mario Sanchez, who did some wonderful wood paintings depicting life in Key West. They were so cool and I couldn’t believe the detail!

There were also a few displays dedicated to Ernest Hemingway.

Then lots of history about Key West, including information about Henry Flaglar’s vision for Key West as a high class destination and the building of the Overseas Railroad. Did you know that Key West was the richest city in the U.S. in 1891? Who knew!

Outside of the building there are a lot of creepy/funny statues. There’s no plaques explaining why they’re there, but they made for some good photos.

Love that there are roosters/chickens everywhere!

After that we walked across the street to the Mel Fisher Maritime Museum. We didn’t go in, just explored the lobby a bit. I’d never heard of Mel Fisher though so it was cool to hear his story. He spent the majority of his life searching for the 1622 wreck of Spanish galleon, Nuestra Señora de Atocha, which held $450 million worth of treasure. Many people thought he was crazy and didn’t think he’d ever find it. His wife was also his business partner and was the only one who stood by him. She was also the first woman diver and earned a record for spending 50 hours underwater! Sounds like quite the team.

We then split off again since we wanted to do different things. We stopped at Kino’s so Tori could get new pairs of the famous sandals. I’ve been wanting a pair, but I tried some on and didn’t like the way they felt :/

Then we stopped at Flying Monkey for a beverage.

If you know of Fat Tuesday, this is the same kind of place, only better.

I got a Pain in the Ass, which was a mix of pina colada and strawberry daiquiri. Man was it tasty!

After some more pool time at the hotel it was time to hit up the town. We stopped in Mallory Square. We missed most of the fun street performers, but got a lot of photos.

 

 

We decided to stop by the Conch Shack and get some conch fritters on our way to dinner.

These were the best we’ve had yet!

They were freshly made with a nice amount of filling and conch and the sauce was great too. This place had great reviews so I suggested we try it, but we were still surprised to find such good fritters right outside of such a touristy location.

Dinner was at Kelly’s Caribbean Bar, Grill and Brewery. This building was the birthplace of Pan American Airlines and is owned by Kelly McGinnis from TopGun. Very cool!

Unfortunately, we had a few problems here…you know it’s not going to be a nice dinner when the first thing the waitress says to your table is how long her day has been. She was nice enough, but barely smiled, looked exhausted and looked like this was the last place she wanted to be. I feel for servers…I really do…but we’re a nice crowd and just want nice service.

They were out of snapper, which was what I wanted, so I chose the grouper, which was encrusted with coconut. Served with coconut rice and vegetables. Not the best meal ever, but it was pretty good. Unfortunately Jon’s lamb was less than desirable and Nick’s food was cold. At this point Jon was getting peeved so he sought out the manager. In the end Nick’s food got heated and we got two free meals. Boom!

The rest of the night was spent here…

This is always a stop for us in Key West. It’s the most fun bar out there and we saw quite the characters.

Stay tuned for Part 3!

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