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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

A&B LOBSTER HOUSE
KEY WEST, FLORIDA, U.S.A.

I've been dining at this restaurant since the early 60s and it's quite a place.  Being a traditionalist I wish I could turn the clock back to those days when it was just a very informal restaurant serving up lobster, sea turtle (yes, turtle was legal back then although I didn't care to eat it), shrimp, conch, etc.  I remember the open air feel about the place because it had those louvered windows.

It's still a good place to dine but it has gotten considerably upscale and pricey over the years compared to its humble beginnings.

Shrimp addicts will feel right at home here enjoying those wonderful, succulent pink Key West shrimp.  They're great as starters and as the main dish.  Check for specials. Mahi mahi is usually a good bet in the fish department.  Same for the various types of snappers caught just off shore but ask your server which fish is the absolute freshest.

Meat eaters won't go hungry here with a number of selections to choose from.

Desserts are really nice and rich and they do up a sensational Key Lime Pie at the A&B.  It's  yellow  and not green, the sign of a real Key Lime pie.  Lime juice is yellow and not green and the limes used in this special pie are actually grown in the Keys.  They are smaller, juicier and a lot more expensive than the traditional limes you're used to dealing with.

The A&B Lobster House is located at 700 Front Street in the Conch Republic.  Their web site is here.

Trivia anybody?  Those born in Key West are considered to be conchs.  Those who move there from elsewhere are called freshwater conchs.