Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, Key West is Florida’s irreverent southernmost subtropical paradise, a unique confluence of history, climate, natural beauty, cultural diversity, architecture and unabashed romantic appeal.
Palm-lined streets with mini mansions and tin-roofed conch houses were home to Ernest Hemingway, Tennessee Williams, Elizabeth Bishop, Robert Frost and Jimmy Buffett, a few others who discovered solace and inspiration in the island city whose Bahamian and Cuban heritage in large part was inspired by Bahamian wreckers, commercial fishermen, spongers and Cuban cigar makers.
In this paradise in the US is the beautiful Ocean Key Resort & Spa nestled between Key West Harbor & Mallory Square. Right off Duval St, facing the ocean and one of the most celebrated sunsets in the United States, you’ll find Hot Tin Roof Restaurant. Tennessee Williams, a frequent Key West guest pays homage to restaurant as the title headline of one of him most famous plays, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. The Hot Tin Roof restaurant menu is a mix of seafood and land fare prepared in a unique culinary style dubbed “conch-fusion,” a mélange of tastes and fragrances, combining traditional Florida with Caribbean influences.
The food is fresh, four Diamonds, and you will not find better on the island! Chef Phillip Fisher had his first sous chef title at just 18 years old. He has continued to hone his craft; In November of 2012, Chef Phillip accepted a Sous Chef position at Ocean Key Resort.
Hot Tin Roof restaurant offers the best Key West dining on the water. The lounge and dining room have elegant island styles, and embrace the vibrant community of Key West. Detailed teak woodwork is complemented by hand painted murals and ceiling panels – all completed by late Key West artist Jeff Beal. Phillip’s talent continues to grow under Executive Chef Scott Maurer, who praises Phillip’s attention to detail and his love of fresh local seafood.
You must try dishes like the Lobster poached eggs for breakfast with fresh squeezed orange juice, the most unique Shrimp Cocktail you will ever have in your life (made with a secret recipe) with a glass of champagne for lunch, and for dinner indulge in the sexiest Ribeye with arugula, blue cheese, and fried shallots-with the signature drink, “The Hot Tin Tini“. What is a Hot Tin Tini?
Warning: The drink is easy to make, delicious. The drink will have you convinced that you are drinking pineapple juice. This recipe has been kept top secret until now (You have been warned).
Hot Tin Tini:
- Infuse fresh cut pineapple in a large vessel with your choice of premium vodka. Pour over pineapple until completely covered.
- Cover and let the mixture infuse for 2-3 days before serving.
- Blend several pieces of infused pineapple and strain into chilled martini glass.
The drink is strong and sweet, and the most popular drink they serve! So visit the Ocean Key Resort & Spa yourself, and try their delicious food first hand. Take their Southermost Mixology Class.
Southermost Mixology Class:
In this informative and informal 90 minute interaction, you will learn about the history of cocktailing, primarily in America but including the dark days known as prohibition-as you get the chance to make and taste eight cocktails with a history covering some three hundred years. Matching drinks with the era they were born in, their mixologists will explain how tastes and influences have changed over the years. While some might sound familiar, you will experience a couple of cocktails you’ve never heard of, much less tasted. You will also leave with information on how to set up your home bar and be ready for any occasion.
Weekly class at 3:00pm / Offered to 4 – 8 guests
$50 per person includes:
• 1 ½ hour of interactive class
• Charcuterie platter of meats, cheeses and breads
• Choice of your favorite cocktail at end of class
Ocean Key Resort & Spa
0 Duval St
Key West, Florida 33040
Breakfast: Daily 7:30am-11:30am
Lunch: Monday-Saturday noon-2:30pm
Brunch: Sunday 11:30am-3pm
Dinner: Daily 6pm-10pm
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