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4 New Hot Spots For The New Year

Colorful facade of the Cuban Coffee Queen.

Colorful facade of the Cuban Coffee Queen.

by Shayne Benowitz

It’s a New Year! Change, resolutions, fresh starts, new perspectives. A new year is always invigorating and exciting. As 2009 turned to 2010, new hot spots in food and entertainment have sprung up all over the island. Key Westers now have exciting restaurants and a brand new local’s bar to patronize in the new year. So here it is, Fury Girl’s picks for the next big thing, the latest and greatest in Key West in 2010.

Cuban Coffee Queen

So you hit Duval Street hard last night. You’re lying in bed hungry and hung over. What’s a poor little girl or boy to do? Call the Cuban Coffee Queen, of course! A café con leche and the Key Wester sandwich (two eggs, American cheese, bacon, sausage, or ham pressed on Cuban bread for only $5) will certainly get the job done. They’ve also got a variety of blended smoothies such as the “Hang Over Helper” and super hydrating coconut water. At Fury, we keep their delivery guys hustling with orders all day long. Lunchtime, they’ve got a great Cuban mix and daily specials to sate any hungry belly. The prices are low and no order is too small. Need a cup of coffee now, give them a call, 305-294-7787.

Blackfin Bistro

The boys of Blackfin.

The boys of Blackfin.

Filling a void in Key West’s gastronomic landscape, Blackfin Bistro has landed on the 900 block of Duval with French bistro fare served late. For that hungry, hung over boy or girl who decides to roll out of bed around say 3pm or 4pm, mosey over to Blackfin. They serve breakfast until 5pm. The eggs benedict are amongst the best on the island and the croque madame is a delicious indulgence. In the mood for lunch or a late dinner? Their menu of gourmet burgers with hand cut fries is to die for. Opt for the Diablo burger with a spicy, savory sauce, goat cheese, and sautéed mushrooms. The dinner menu boasts an array of fresh seafood and steak options, as well. Prices are reasonable and definitely commensurate with the food’s quality. Opt to dine in the airy back patio for a relaxing meal any time of day or night.

Gelato on Duval

Gelato!

Gelato!

Blackfin certainly boasts some tantalizing desserts such as fresh berries and crème and a warm chocolate cake, but if a scoop of icy, creamy confection is what you crave, stroll down Duval to the only gelato stand on the island. Here you’ll find a fresh assortment of fruit, chocolate, and other imaginative flavors. The portions range from kid’s size to large and allow for flavor combinations. I’ve spent a few evenings lingering over samples with the Fury crew. I’m a big fan of the white chocolate raspberry and the lemon sorbet.

El Alamo

El Alamo right off Duval Street.

El Alamo right off Duval Street.

With hang over cured and bellies full, it’s time to head to the new watering hole that local’s quickly staked as their own. Boasting dollar draft beer and an open patio, El Alamo is located on a side street just off wild lower Duval Street. Buy a pitcher for a rousing beer pong tournament, challenge your friends to a game of corn hole, or show off your skills on the billiards table. Live music is featured nightly and there’s big screens inside to check the scores of your favorite teams. Without a doubt, you’ll run into a member of the fun and friendly Fury crew on any given night at this new laid back, yet bustling outpost.

Shayne Benowitz is a Fury crewmember and freelance writer. For more travel stories and a daily dose of what’s cool around the globe visit her Wanderlust Website at http://web.me.com/shaynebeth.

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