* Click here for rating key
Banana Cafe Key West Restaurant Review: Locals gather regularly at Banana Café for its crêpes (both savory and sweet), many with crowd-pleasing American fillings (bacon cheeseburger in one, an entire tossed salad in another). There are also salads like a niçoise or La Mer with fresh seafood; sandwiches made on French bread (try the avocado with Swiss, with house-made mayo); omelets, including a simple authentic herb model; and changing soups and quiches of the day. With a seamless breakfast-lunch service, the dining concept fits well with a typical Key West schedule, meaning breakfast happens at different times on different days. Evenings, the café reopens for dinner, serving classic appetizers like French onion soup and escargots, as well as inventive modern dishes like a savory pan sautéed oyster in sweet corn-shallot cream sauce, or lobster ravioli in Marsala sauce. Main courses celebrate local snapper in caper-citrus beurre blanc with a side of Parisian-style (pastry-based) gnocchi, but also keep the Francophiles happy with dishes like seared duck in caramelized apples, or Brittany-style mussels with a side of frites. With cozy, candlelit tables nestled right up to the windows on Duval Street, it’s as romantic, and scenic, as a sidewalk café in France.