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Anywhere I travel, I’m looking for a good meal. I know that probably goes without saying. When I found out that Key West was only a day trip away from where we moved in Fort Lauderdale, I knew I had to visit! I’ve always wanted to visit Key West, the beautiful beaches, great fishing, and of course, THE FOOD. And I like to eat where the locals eat, because they know where all of the hidden gems are. That’s how I found this sammich. To call it a sandwich, or even a “seawich” as it appears on the menu doesn’t do it justice.
We asked about 5 locals where we should eat while we were visiting the island, and 3 out of 5 of those people recommended B.O.’s Fish Wagon. The way they talked about it I was surprised I hadn’t already heard about it or seen it in passing. Then they described it, “You basically have to be looking for it. It’s a shack with a really old car out front with art all over it, and a bunch of junk. But they do have a big fish sign up.”
“I did see that! WHAT!?! THAT was a restaurant? Remember babe?!?! There was a rooster just randomly walking around the sidewalk by it.”
“Yes. They have great drink specials and the best fresh seafood. Whatever you order, ask for extra Key Lime Sauce.”
So we ventured out back into the Key West streets to find this seafood love shack. We found it! They knew I was visiting because I called it BO’s (bows), not B.O.’s (like body odor lol) SO. EMBARASSING. The island music, low lights, and laughter got to me. I was so excited to be there and enjoy the food that I broke our NUMBER ONE rule when trying a new food spot.
DON’T GET FANCY.
When we eat somewhere for the first time. We always order something that’s fairly inexpensive (relative to the menu) and that you can’t mess up…like a sandwich. We reach for the Vanilla Buttercream Cupcakes, not the The Princess Peach Fizzle Drop Cupcake. We love when it’s simple, and done right. If you can do the simple things right, the fancy menu items are almost always outstanding.
So I ordered a Grouper dinner. It wasn’t bad, but it was just okay. I liked it, but I wasn’t sold. Luckily, I was smart and had ordered the extra Key Lime sauce the local man we met suggested. It was EVERYTHING. The sauce sold me. It was actually like a tartar sauce, made with fresh key limes. The sauce itself was so delicious, that I wanted to come back the next day and try what I should’ve tried the first time. THE SAMMICH.
Buckaroo stuck to the rule and ordered a shrimp dinner the night before, and I may or may not have grabbed one or two when he looked away. So I knew I wanted some shrimp. They were fried just right, and whatever seasoning they use on it was just perfect. So when I returned to B.O.’s Fish Wagon, I ordered The Shrimp Seawich. That perfectly fried shrimp was served on a big crusty loaf of Cuban bread with onion, tomato, lettuce and the famous Key Lime Tartar sauce. It was slammin’! If you love no fuss cuisine, just some good ol’ “make your mouth messy” eating, you will love it. It ran me about $15 and I had some fries added to it. When you taste that sauce you’ll be trying to put it on everything trust me.
If you ever have the pleasure of visiting Key West, be sure to drop by B.O.’s it’s a local landmark, in operation for over 20 years. Just promise me one thing: That you’ll try the sammich and order extra sauce!
Have you ever been to Key West? What was your favorite dish?