3. At Fisherman’s Cafe the Blackened Key West Pink Shrimp Club Wrap is made with avocado, bacon, tomato, lettuce and an avocado green sauce—served with sides like french fries, yucca fries and rice & beans.

The Fisherman’s Café website claims their menu is full of items “reminiscent of an era gone by” and we couldn’t agree more. The small seafood shack, nestled along the historic seaport walkway (just off of Elizabeth Street in Key West), evokes a rare glimpse into old Key West.

The nostalgia is real, along with the scrumptious tastes of fresh seafood caught daily and supplied from local docks.

“Fisherman’s Café keeps the traditions of Key West going,” said Chef Rick Zapka. “We buy local fish from local fishermen through Three Hands Fish and purchase Key West Pinks from local vendors.”

The menu is full of “must try” Keys fusion, but the Blackened Key West Pink Shrimp Club Wrap is a popular favorite, along with fresh catch fish sandwiches served with papaya and mango slaw.

But for anyone strolling in the shade of Shrimp Boat Sound, it would be a sinful offense not to dig into the Lobster Enchilau Tacos at Fisherman’s Café. The tacos are made with Florida Lobster, topped in a rich, garlicky tomato sauce.

Local Chef Rick Zapka has created a buzz in the heart of historic Key West with ‘grubalicous’ fresh eats like cracked conch salad, the Caribbean Turkey Sandwich and fresh fish sandwiches.

“Our enchilau sauce, which is Cuban, is a garlic sauce we place on all of our tacos,” said Zapka. “And I recommend our [Cracked] Conch Salad to anyone who has never tried it. Ours is made with Grade A Bahamian.”

Along with a diverse array of lunch and dinner options, Fisherman’s café offers breakfast from open to close. The breakfast menu includes the “El Cubano Sandwich—made with a black bean spread, Swiss cheese, egg, Cuban pork and chorizo. Or sample some Cuban cheese toast, sesame guava toast or Hill’s Cheddar Grits for lighter fare.

“Our breakfast is really popular with locals and we have a ton of add-on’s,” said Zapka. “And I love to get folks wired up with our café con leche.”

Fisherman’s Café offers local discounts and operates daily from 7am to 5pm. Online orders are available for convenient pickup. For more visit www. fishermanscafekeywest.com.

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