The drive to Key West is approximately three hours and 45 minutes. That is, in our opinion, enough time for a good deal of snacking pit stops. Especially because there are so many delicious things along the drive. This guide has some of our favorite places to stop for a snack, drink, and more on the way down to Key West. And we also have a few suggestions of places to eat once you finally arrive. So go easy on the car snacking and save some room.
On The Way
With all due respect to Kelis, there is no milkshake that brings us to the yard quicker than the ones at Robert Is Here. This Homestead spot is a famous and essential stop on any drive to The Keys. It’s equal parts market, tiny zoo, and milkshake stand with a ton of very cool homemade sauces, jellies, and honey available as well. But you’ve also got to get a milkshake. Those are the rules.
Florida dive bar connoisseurs will definitely appreciate Alabama Jack’s, a salty seafood spot that sits at the mouth of a causeway leading to Key Largo. The seafood is fried, the beer is cheap, and the threat of splinters is very real. There’s sometimes live music too. This place feels like if Mac’s had a baby with an alligator. That’s certainly worth an hour drive in our books.
No Name Pub
No Name Pub will make you thankful for your GPS, because without it, you’d probably never find this classic Florida dive bar and restaurant, where every millimeter of wallspace is covered by an old dollar bill stapled to the wall by customers. It’s a great place to stop for a beer and a burger to celebrate the fact that you are now less than an hour away from Key West. Just don’t forget to bring a dollar bill of your own to add to the wall.
Once You Get There
You will need breakfast once you get to Key West, because you’ve probably got a long day of various alcoholic beverages in front of you. Blue Heaven is a good choice. The classic Key West spot has a funky outdoor space, roaming roosters, shrimp and grits, and an excellent key lime pie.
B.O.'s Fish Wagon
Our favorite places to eat in Key West are outdoor spots mostly made of wood, which is exactly what you’ll find at B.O.’s Fish Wagon, a great lunch spot. Another thing you’ll find here: the best fried grouper sandwich of your life. It’s served on soft Cuban bread with lettuce and tomato. Don’t even look at the menu. Get this.
Eaton Street Seafood Market & Restaurant
Eaton Street Seafood Market is a converted gas station that’s now a great little seafood market. Come here for dinner - you can either grab some seafood to cook back at the hotel, or have them cook it up there for you. We’d suggest the latter, unless you’re confident you can cook seafood better than these folks (which we’re not). Menu highlights include a lobster roll, crab cake sandwich, fried shrimp, and much more.