The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

What a good restaurant! Sinclair and Eric picked this one out, and I need to let them make all of the choices from now on. They even managed to get a reservation without the help of the Marriott Vacation Club concierge. The Lucky Rooster is not one of the many waterside restaurants in Hilton Head. It’s off a busy road in an anonymous shopping center. … Continue reading The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Best Coffee in Town, Key West, Florida

It can be a real challenge to find the best coffee in Key West. It’s a big town for coffee, especially Cuban style cafe con leche, and there seem to be a million choices. You can wander from place to place, drinking coffee, taking notes, and getting progressively more wired. Or you can cut the Gordian Knot and google “best coffee in town.” That miraculously … Continue reading The Best Coffee in Town, Key West, Florida

The Cafe at Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I stayed over in Key West for a day after Liza, Mike, and the kids left so we could spend some time with Mike’s parents, Sue and David Boyd. Nancy and I did the same thing last year, and we had lunch at Louie’s Backyard with them before our afternoon flight home. You can read details here. That lunch was on the back … Continue reading The Cafe at Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

Cuban Coffee Queen, Key West, Florida

Back to my Key West Cuban sandwich survey. Sue and David Boyd suggested Cuban Coffee Queen, so off we all went. Cuban Coffee Queen is set in the center of a city block. Not the middle of a block as in halfway down a street, but the very center of the block, as if it had wandered in among the other buildings and become lost. … Continue reading Cuban Coffee Queen, Key West, Florida

Floridita Food Truck, Key West, Florida

During our delightful stay at Havana Cabana, Nancy and I hit the Floridita Food Truck several times. Well, I did. Actually, the food truck is permanently parked, or rather set up, on the grounds of Havana Cabana. It is, in effect, the hotel pool grill, but all customers are welcome, and all should stop by. The truck is set under a big tiki, with plenty … Continue reading Floridita Food Truck, Key West, Florida

First Flight Restaurant and Brewery, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I met Michael, Liza, Ella, and Lily at Key West’s wonderful Butterfly Museum. (Sue and David Boyd had been there the week before with the California Boyds, Peter, Christine, Devon, and Ryan, so took a pass.) It’s a magical place, and you should go there with or without children. Afterwards, we went our various ways and regrouped at the First Flight Restaurant and … Continue reading First Flight Restaurant and Brewery, Key West, Florida

Sandy’s Cafe at M and M Laundromat, Key West, Florida

When Nancy and I are in Key West, we usually end up eating at our co-grandparents’ along with Mike, Liza, and Ella, and Lily. David and Sue Boyd are lovely people and sensational hosts. Wonderful as they are, duty calls me relentlessly. I needed to do research for the Blog. Regular readers will guess that the research included Cuban sandwiches. I’d had a good Cuban … Continue reading Sandy’s Cafe at M and M Laundromat, Key West, Florida

Hoot’s Breakfast and Lunch, Marco Island, Florida

As we were leaving Marco Island at the end of our stay, Nancy and I stopped for breakfast at Hoot’s, and I’m very glad we did. Everyone in Marco seems to go to Doreen’s Cup of Joe for breakfast and, indeed, that was our Yelp’s-based first choice. The problem was that since everyone goes there, no one can get in. So we drove on to … Continue reading Hoot’s Breakfast and Lunch, Marco Island, Florida

Havana Cabana, Key West, Florida

Nancy and I spent a day at Havana Cabana last year with our neighbors, Scott, Julie, AJ, Hudson, and their posse — they of the Great Hammons-Cole-Guy September Barbecue. (See here.) You have a posse, don’t you? Anyway, much as Nancy and I loved the Barbary Beach House where we stayed that trip –and we really loved it — we decided to stay at the … Continue reading Havana Cabana, Key West, Florida

Pelican Bend Restaurant and Marina, Isles of Capri, Florida

Scott and Nora left, alas, and Nancy and I wandered lonely as a cloud* over to the Isles of Capri, the next island(s) north of Marco Island, for our last lunch of our Marco trip. We wound up at Pelican Bend. It’s a nice, casual place by the water, just what you want in Florida. There’s a large screened open area overlooking the marina with … Continue reading Pelican Bend Restaurant and Marina, Isles of Capri, Florida