Politics? Schmolitics. We're in it for the regional foods of the great US of A. We've talked loose meat in Iowa, gorton in New Hampshire, and she-crab soup in South Carolina. Our colleague CNN video journalist Alexandra Willingham is based in Atlanta, but Key West, Florida, has been her lifelong destination of choice.
She's had a lot of practice chowing down while living it up on the island, and says "Forget what you learned from Jimmy Buffett - Key West eats go far beyond cheeseburgers and margaritas. Here are some of the best foods to try while visiting in paradise."
Here are five don't-miss dishes from the southernmost city.
Some of the best are found north of Key West, at Alabama Jack’s in Key Largo. These golden cakes combine the pefect amount of conch with a lightly sweet corn batter. If you’re not a fan of fried foods, try your conch in a hearty red chowder.
There are a million different opinions on what makes a great slice, but purists usually abide by a few rules: it can’t be too tart or too sweet, the crust needs to be graham cracker, and whipped cream should be kept to a minimum. Try a few to find your favorite, but be sure to sample the offerings at the Half Shell Raw bar and the Blonde Giraffe. If you’re not worried about being traditional, try a piece of pie on a stick. It’s a super-sweet version smothered in chocolate.
3. Cuban Food
4. Fresh Seafood
5. Novelty Sweets