lattitudes sunset keysThere is no doubt that Key West is a hidden treasure in the USA surrounded by Caribbean waters. The air quality in Key West is second to no other city, and the average annual temperature is 77 degrees. Daily life in Key West includes a certain off-beat sense of celebration. Each day’s setting sun is celebrated and sometimes even applauded at Mallory Square, while artisans, musicians, and street performers pack the city pier with visitors as the famed and often glorious Key West sunsets shimmer over the Gulf of Mexico, and it is rumored to fit into New York’s Central Park.

Sunset Key Guest Cottages, a Westin Resort, is located on an enchanting, 27-acre island just 500 yards off Key West, Florida. Transportation to and from Sunset Key is aboard the resort’s 24-hour launch service which docks at Sunset Key’s sister property, the Westin Key West Resort & Marina.

Perched on Sunset Key’s sandy shoreline, the new Latitudes Restaurant and Lounge offers casual island fare with a Caribbean flair – and sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico.  An innovative yet unintimidating seasonal menu features local fish and fresh produce, a variety of island classics and ample selection of traditional meats, poultry, and pasta.

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In 2010, Todd Holender was named executive chef of the award-winning, waterfront Latitudes Restaurant and Lounge. Chef Todd developed his passion for cooking at a very early age, he attended the Orlando Culinary Academy, a Le Cordon Bleu program, and worked his way through the program while cooking at prestigious Enzo’s On The Lake.  There, he mastered Roman Italian cooking, from the basics of butchery to the art of making fresh pasta. As a Florida native, he has traveled all over the United States and abroad. He has worked in a variety of kitchens and culinary institutions where he immersed himself into local culture, while developing his techniques and honing his skills. His culinary approach is to begin with fundamental French techniques and build from there, pending the individual menu item and ingredients.

small plate sunset keyLatitudes is truly fine dining. It is more than dining it is an experience. From the moment you enter the luxury ferry, and ride across the ocean to the private manicured island. After passing the dock you have the option to take a stroll down the island’s private beach before, or even after, dinner. You have the option of choosing inside or outside dining, and celebrating the famous sunset while sipping on some the of world’s finest wine. The food is extraordinary. I would compare the dining experience at Latitudes to that of a world class restaurant in New York City, Perugia, or Paris. Bon Appétit!

Cheers,

Mo

Dress for dinner is country club casual, with appropriate attire including collared or v-neck shirts and dress shorts.  Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Reservations for Latitudes can be made online. Click here to make your reservation. Guests can also reserve the “Jet Set Dining” experience – the ultimate luxury dining event. Learn More. 245 Front Street · Key West, Florida, 33040 · United States   • Phone: 305.292.5300 · Hotel Reservations: 866-837-4249.

 

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