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Fresh Fish Delivered Daily

What a hoot this car is! How would you like to get your next meal delivered by this uniquely painted vehicle?

B.O.’s Fishwagon is one of Key West’s best kept secrets and hardest to find seafood restaurants in town and yet it’s always packed with patrons who’ve seeked out its location and flocked inside to enjoy its delicious meals.

The car was a surprise to say the least as we peddled our bikes around the lesser traveled southeastern part of the island along some back road. You on the other hand might have a better chance of seeing it a B.O.’s Fishwagon Restaurant located near Harbor Walk at the corner of William Street & Caroline Street on Key West’s northwestern tourist side of the island. Either way, upon seeing the car it’s without a doubt one that you won’t soon forget.

If you notice in the photos below on the passenger front wheel is painted “Gone Fishing” and then on the trunk are the words “Land Yacht”. It’s a sight to be seen I assure you and of course is FREE to all to admire, gawk, laugh & ponder “Why would anyone paint their car like this?” 🙂 I sure hope it’s still up and running by time this blogs posted, if not… just sit back and enjoy the photos!

    

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Eat It Raw Boys!

The Half Shell Raw Bar is one of the best and most popular seafood restaurants in Key West whose slogan is “Eat It Raw”. Half Shell Raw Bar has a smorgasbord selection of some of the freshest catches of the day that can be ordered sauted, blackened, baked, broiled or fried.

Your dining pleasure is enhanced by the ocean side view of one of Key West’s most popular & beautiful harbors (photo below). It’s also home to one of the best photo-head boards in town that sits right outside the front door and is always a tourist favorite with someones noggin sticking through it as seen here! Another not miss is the brightly painted red wheelhouse from the boat “Salte Sea” that’s now part of the building sitting to the left of the front door. A wheelhouse for those that don’t know is the enclosed portion of a boat that the captain steers from (photo below).

You can find Eat It Raw at one of my most favorite hangouts on Key West’s western side of town in the area called Harbor Walk. If you haven’t eaten here, put this high atop your seafood list, your taste buds & partner will thank you I’m sure!

         

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Does Your Restaurant Have A Swimming Pool?

Dante’s Restaurant Swimming Pool

Does your restaurant have a swimming pool? This one does!

Here at 951 Caroline Street is a  place where the not so serious tourists go, the ones who pass up a daytime visit to the Southernmost Buoy in order to sleep-in for the next 2AM band & beerfest! (wow, I just described me when I was younger) 🙂

In Key West this party playground is called Dante’s Restaurant & Raw Bar and is packed with mostly college aged patrons with a beer in one hand while secretly seeking out their party partner for the evening. Look close and you can see the beer bottles & plastic cups all around the pools edge and in the hands of a number on inner pool dwellers. What a sight, a bar with a pool… that’s basically what it is, the restaurant portion is limited with pool side tables and a live band. Let’s be honest, these future world & business leaders aren’t here for the renowned shrimp or rib eye, they’re here to connect with friends and party. Reminds me of a midnight swim of mine in Auburn when 6 of us… wait.. I better not go there! 🙂 It’s FREE for patrons of the bar so bring your camera and swimming trunks.

You’ll find this spectacle at the northernmost point of Harbor Walk. So I ask you again, “Does your restaurant have a swimming pool… THIS ONE DOES!”

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Human-Sized Postcard

Key West PostcardThis is awesome! Send your friends and family a human-sized postcard from Key West! You may wait in a small line only 2 or 3 minutes with other couples or families but that’s it! So if you really want to impress them back at the office and make them jealous… then this is your photo!

If you’ve been following my blogs, you’ve noticed that a number of them have been from Harbor Walk which is on Key West’s northwestern side of town just 3 blocks northeast of Duval Street. This is an area that you must put on your list AFTER Duval Street… because you can’t go back to work without saying you walked up and down Duval Street.

The Cuban Coffee Queen where this human-sized postcard greeting is located has a uniquely equal poster pined to their door stating: “FREE COFFEE… all day tomorrow”! But don’t wait in line for the free coffee since in this case… tomorrow never comes. 🙂

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Jimmy Buffett’s Recording Studio

Jimmy Buffett’s Recording Studio

The section of town called Harbor Walk in Key West is located about 3 blocks northeast of Duval Streets northern end. At Harbor Walk’s western end is reportedly one of singer songwriter Jimmy Buffett’s recording studios.

I first found out about this on the internet and followed up by asking my aunt and uncle who still live in Key West and both confirm that they too have heard the same. On our last trip to Key West after eating at Turtle Kraawls we walked by this unassuming white unmarked building with two people outside smoking cigarettes as the side door opened. I stopped and ask as if knowing for sure it was his studio “Is Jimmy recording inside?” to which they replied word-for-word “No, he’s not here right now!”. Hey I tried! 🙂

Any guesses on what I had for dinner at Turtle Kraawls? That’s right, I had a Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger In Paradise” and of course… “I like mine with lettuce and tomatoes, Heinz-57 and french fried potatoes, a sweet kosher pickle and a cold draft beer good gosh almighty which way do I steer.” 🙂

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Gulliver’s Travels Gigantic Flip-Flop

Who said Gulliver’s Travels never included Key West, this guy found his missing flip-flop as proof! 🙂

It’s amazing what can be found just by looking around and being more conscious of your surroundings. I was simply walking around the part of town called Harbor Walk and just so happen to look at the bottom window of a T-shirt shop type souvenir store when I noticed this oversized flip-flop that grabbed my eye. Already snickering, I wandered inside and quizzed the cashier. He said that it was indeed a real tourist gimmick that had worked yet again… yep, it worked! I then asked if I could take a picture of it for posterity. As you can see, this single flip-flop is a one-of-a-kind conversation piece. Though I didn’t ask if it was for sale, I’d probably say ‘YES’ for some ridiculous price!

You can find Gulliver’s Lost Flip-Flop at Sunset Watersports Souvenir & Surf Shop in the very beautiful & popular tourist area known as Harbor Walk.

    

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Turtle Kraals? Say What!

Turtle Kraals Slaughter-House Museum

I hope and pray that all of our local Keys readers and anyone else in Irma’s path to the north made it through her direct hit on Cudjoe Key. We’ve been off-line a few days now with NO electrical power, NO wifi or internet, NO cell phone service & NO A/C. We’re back, here’s one from historic Key West with HOPES that it too made it through the storm!

This Turtle Kraals Museum is the former home of Granday Turtle Cannery. This historic slaughter-house can be found on the northwest side of Key West in the area known as Harbor Walk. Oh yeah, the word “Kraals” is Dutch for ‘pens or corral’. It was here that captured green turtles were kept prior to being exported as a delicacy around the world. The first turtle soup cannery opened in Key West in 1849 and Granday soon came to dominate the industry. With his cannery conveniently situated right on the dock, turtles were brought in from the sea, kept in the kraals along the shore and fed until they went to the cannery. The turtle industry flourished in Key West until its end in the early 1970’s due to diminishing numbers of green turtles in the Caribbean.

Today, the green turtle is an endangered species and fights for survival. Green turtles are rare and beautiful creatures to see, and if you’re lucky enough, you might spot one in the waters off Key West. Thanks to conservation measures, wildlife rescue and hatchling program, the green turtle population has substantially increased. You can view photos from the bygone era throughout the museum. The artifacts outside the museum are FREE to view and read about (meat grinder) as seen below. The building is awesome in its own right as you can see from the above photo and is worth a walk around when on Harbor Walk. Having grown up in Key West as a child (prior to 1970), I was fed a steady stream of turtle steaks, turtle soup, turtle kabob, turtle sandwich, turtle filet, fried turtle, grilled turtle, and the Forest Gump list could go on for an hour as he did with his list of shrimp products eaten… and yes… it tastes like chicken! 🙂

    

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