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“Good Food, with an asterisk”
Review of Garbo's Grill

Garbo's Grill
Ranked #3 of 443 Restaurants in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Takeout
Alaska
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142 reviews
142 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good Food, with an asterisk”
Reviewed November 21, 2012

We found it a little hard to believe that the top-rated "restaurant" in Key West was this little food cart, but what the heck - we gave it a try. We stopped by after 1:00 PM on a weekday, and the short menu was even shorter: no chicken, Korean beef, or shrimp. That pretty much left only fish, hot dogs, and burgers. We didn't travel all the way to Key West to have a burger, so ordered the fish tacos and fish burrito, and were told the wait would be about 30 minutes. It turned out to be a bit longer than that, actually.

We sat on a bench to eat, which worked fine for the burrito, but not so much for the tacos. Yes, the food was very good, but the overall experience was just so-so. Not sure we'd go back again, or maybe just to try something else on the menu. I can't say the fish tacos changed my life or anything.

  • Visited November 2012
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Orlando, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Ridiculously Delicious!!”
Reviewed November 20, 2012

We were in Key West for Meeting of the Minds the first week in November. We have been to Key West many times, but this was our first trip to Garbo's. We had read about it on Trip Advisor and had to try it. I am so glad we did. Their hours are limited, and their menu is as well, but there is no limit to how good this food is. Large portions made fresh while you wait. I had the jerk chicken quesadillas, and could not eat them all. My husband had the fish tacos and then the rest of my quesadilla. REALLY GOOD. The seating is coolers and some benches outside - not the greatest, but doesn't matter. You will not be disappointed with the food here. It truly is outstanding. Nice people that work in the little truck - a young couple and their friend - super nice and friendly. Will definitely go back next time we're in Key West.

  • Visited November 2012
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South Wales
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186 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“Another great visit :)”
Reviewed November 16, 2012

This is the second time we have visited Key west from South Wales and we went straight back to Garbo's.

Cannot recommend enough.

The food is great, the staff are friendly and it is so different, you won't eat anywhere else like it.

Please give it a try, we will be when we go back next time :)

  • Visited November 2012
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Metamora, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Gourmet Food Truck With Amazing Grub”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

On our trip to Key West, my wife found this place listed as the number 1 place to eat on the island. I was shocked to find out it was a simple food truck located next to parking lot across from Peppers of Key West. Their menu is simple island-inspired fare with a twist of tropical flavors.

I opted for the mango dog which was a massive hot dog topped with mango, onions, bacon and slathered in an island sauce. My wife chose the mahi mahi fish tacos with similar toppings. Both were cooked to order and served fresh and hot while we waited in the shade in a makeshift seating area. The staff were amazingly friendly and helpful while we tried to figure out what to eat. We enjoyed watching the chickens and roosters run around and beg for crumbs as we finished our meal.

This place is unpretentious and serves upscale food truck cuisine in a lovely outdoor setting. The food was moderately priced and a very good value. Be sure you eat here first before going across the street to Peppers because I think you'll want to be able to taste everything they offer before blowing your tastebuds out with the hot sauce bar next door.

  • Visited November 2012
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Seminole, Florida
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55 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Gourmet from a truck!”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

The husband and wife team who work this truck are awesome! He genuinely cares about every item he prepares and their staff was helpful and very customer service oriented. The food was amazing and my husbands burger was juicy and rich! In fact, he wasnt interested in sharing it! :-) The quesadilla was fantastic as well! I would love to have eaten their again, but time ran out! Great job!!

Visited November 2012
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