Blackfin Bistro, Key West, Florida

While we were in Key West, Nancy and I went out with our friends and co-grandparents, David and Sue Boyd, for an early evening dinner before Sue and David took over babysitting so that Michael and Liza could have an evening out without children.  Meanwhile, Nancy and I went back to our excellent hotel.

We started at the Gardens Hotel for a drink and live jazz in the beautiful hotel gardens.   The jazz was  as good as the setting and the gin and tonics, and we had a lovely time.  We then sauntered over to Duval Street to grab a light dinner.  We ended up at Blackfin entirely by chance: it’s near another restaurant that turned out to be closed.  Fortune was smiling on us.

It was on the early side, and we were seated immediately, right by the front window.  They obviously wanted an attractive group to attract other diners.  Of course, they put me in the least visible seat.  Blackfin also has seating in a courtyard out back, which was very attractive and very full, alas.

I ordered two appetizers, the Andalusian gazpacho,

blackfinn gazp

and the grilled calamari with walnuts and garlic parsley butter.


The food was really good.  The gazpacho was very thick with a beautiful tomato flavor: real tomatoes in the winter!  I was in heaven.   And the grilled calamari tasted delicious, fresh and beautifully sauced.

I didn’t take notes — just the two photos.  I was enjoying the conversation and hadn’t planned to review BlackFinn, but the gazpacho was an inspiration.  I do remember that, as we were starting on our entrees, an attractive quartet came in and was told that there would be an hour wait.

If you’re in Key west, go to Blackfin.  Get the gazpacho and calamari.  But go early.  You might avoid waiting an hour to be seated, and you might even be able to sit in the courtyard.


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