By Shayne Benowitz
Some people enjoy the lazy days of summer, but in Key West, and especially at Fury, we don’t get a break until after Labor Day. September is notorious for being a sleepy month on the island. That’s great for visitors scooping up off-season rates on accommodations and you’ll enjoy our tropical paradise sans the crowds. Some local restaurants close for vacation, but others stay open and offer great specials.
WARNING: Some of these deals are for locals only. Double check with the restaurant if you’re from out of town! Either way, these are some of the hottest spots on the island you won’t want to miss.
50% Off: Grand Café (Duval St & Caroline St)
Cuisine: New American with Caribbean flare
Ambiance: Casual sophistication in the heart of Duval Street
Notable Dishes: Tomato bisque with jumbo lump crabmeat, seared scallops in key lime beurre blanc, grilled bluefin tuna with wasabi aioli
Fury Girl’s Tip: There’s a quiet little bar nestled in the back, perfect for an after dinner cocktail and dessert.
50% Off Monday-Wednesday: Santiago’s (end of Petronia St)
Cuisine: Spanish-style tapas with a New American twist
Ambiance: Island chic with an urbane edge
Notable Dishes: Beef tenderloin with bleu cheese butter; grouper seasoned with fennel, lemon, and coriander; saganaki: haloumi cheese flambéed with brandy; prosciutto and provolone croquettas; sangria
Fury Girl’s Tip: Order 2-3 dishes per person to share. If you’re still hungry, order more! Save room for their delicious bread pudding dessert.
25% Off: Bagatelle (Duval St & Front St)
Cuisine: French Caribbean
Ambiance: Tropical chic at the foot of Duval
Notable Dishes: Mussels in black peppercorn cream, hearts of palm salad, honey fried lobster tale, filet mignon with gorgonzola
Fury Girl’s Tip: Exceptional martini menu. The espresso martini is made with chilled Illy espresso and will perk you up for the rest of the night.
20% Off before 8pm: nine one five (Duval St & Olivia St)
Cuisine: East meets West
Ambiance: Modern tropics at the quiet end of Duval
Notable Dishes: Tuna dome: dungeness crab covered in ahi tuna sashimi, Thai style whole snapper, steak frites au poivre
Fury Girl’s Tip: Head upstairs to the sexy and chic point5 wine and tapas bar after dinner.
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