As a long-time Key West resident, I can help you enjoy your island getaway like an insider. When you are on vacation, you don’t want to waste time on tourist dumps. You don’t want to dine with the masses. You don’t want to be duped, run in circles, or dumped in with the schlubs. No, you want to go where Jimmy Buffett goes and where Hemingway and the immortal Hunter S. Thompson went. I can help. Not long ago I was sitting in Harpoon Harry’s with one of our iconic local legends. Quite honestly, just about every local in town thinks of himself as somewhat of a legend. And you know what? More so then most any other little city in America, it’s probably true. So anyway, I’m in Harpoon Harry’s with my friend, who this sultry early morning is recounting to me the three (yup three) times he was nearly killed by hanging out with Hunter S. Thompson. If you know anything about the legend of HST, you know my friend was not kidding. Just check in with Johnny Depp, HST’s number one running mate.
Eclectic little Key West has so much to offer that you’ll find it hard to know where to begin. But you have me to put you on track with my weekly Key West Insider. This week I want to send you and your gang into Bahama Village to 300 Petronia Street, right across from Blue Heaven. You’ll be at La Crêperie, owned by our friends Yolande and Sylvie, both from Brittany. When we are in town, you might run in to us any day of the week early in the A.M., or for lunch, or for an afternoon cappuccino and sweet crepe. Just this spring, when Deb’s mom, Beck, E.J., and the kids were here, we had four generations of our family sitting at La Crêperie’s counter watching Sylvie expertly and cheerfully make her delicious assortment of sweet and savory crepes. Debbie and I have known Yolande for over a decade. She, in fact, made the wedding cakes for both Matt’s and Becky’s weddings. You’ll know you have found a most special little hideaway from the minute you walk in the door of La Crêperie, and be sure to say hi from us. Depending on your day of arrival, you may find your venerable self waited on by Yolande herself, or her soon-to-be daughter-in-law, Allison, or her sister Katie. If so, your authentic French cafe experience will be just that much more delightful. So enjoy and bon appetite.