“Better Than Sex”

Does this really look like our kind of place?

Does this really look like our kind of place?

During our drives into Key West we often drove past a shadowed restaurant on the corner of Truman and Simonton. Never open during the daytime hours, it looked “shady” and with a name of “Better than Sex” well, we wondered. However, TripAdvisor is our go-to source for dining everywhere and while looking for the top dining spots in Key West, Russ ran across this place. Firmly planted in the top 20 of over 350; this was intriguing. So now how do we combine Key West activities and end up here? Well, the alternating #1/#2 dining in Key West is Garbo’s Grill (a taco/burger cart), located on Caroline Street ( where women go crazy) behind Grunt’s Bar. Gosh, but this wasn’t sounding very classy to me. We’d walked the “other end” of Caroline but not yet toward the Whitehead St end.

As we drove south down the Overseas Highway the sky ahead loomed full of dark and menacing clouds. “Honey, did you do a weather check before we left?”

Rain clouds cross our path but light is on the other side

Rain clouds cross our path but light is on the other side

Nope, not this time. A line of serious rain was crossing our path but all looked well toward Key West.  Memories of being drenched a few weeks ago at the fort kept popping up.

Meters are located on each block. Cost is approx. $3/hr

Meters are located on each block. Cost is approx. $3/hr

In our excitement over snagging a great parking spot near Garbo’s we left the umbrella in the car. We found the spot under a light canopy of trees on Caroline, looking very inviting.

Garbo's Grill delivers

Garbo’s Grill delivers

Was pure coincidence that the other night we watched  “Chef” about a guy who finds fabulous success with a Cubanos food truck. We joked about that with the crew and held them to high expectations. Huge portions and mouth-watering delicious; we gave Garbo’s 5 stars.

Mahi tacos for me and a not-your-usual Bacon Cheeseburger for Russ

Mahi tacos for me and a not-your-usual Bacon Cheeseburger for Russ- note the Brioche roll

The One Star weather killed sunset at Mallory Square (a must-do in Key West) so we headed toward Bonny and stopped at Kelly’s Caribbean for a happy hour libation and to check one more place off our list. From there we would walk many blocks for dessert because we didn’t want to mess around with re-parking. Sigh.

Taken when the rain was not paying us a visit

Taken when the rain was not paying us a visit

If you can't read this- Kelly is none other than Kelly McGillis

If you can’t read this- Kelly is none other than Kelly McGillis

Inside Kelly's at the Crash Bar

Inside Kelly’s at the Crash Bar

Kelly’s history is that it’s the former original Pan Am office.   Of course by the time we had to leave for our dessert reservation, you can guess what was occurring outside. Rain. So we grabbed the umbrella on the way by (I used it) and we walked quickly to BTS.  Very lovely, dark and classy, we used an iPad for the first time.

Lori's dessert choice was the day's One Night Stand (get it?)

Lori’s dessert choice was the day’s One Night Stand (get it?)

Tacos for dinner and dessert! Who would dream?

Russ made this selection. Note the cute tag you get on your plate.

Russ made this selection. Note the cute tag you get on your plate.

Menu overview

Menu overview

The restaurant also offered wines by the bottle, by the glass and specialty selections. I chose a red wine with a dark chocolate dipped rim that covered way more than the rim.

The waitress asked if we were celebrating any occasion and we weren’t quick enough with a clever reply. Not just couples, but small groups and families all enjoyed “Better Than Sex”. Not going to find one in your favorite small town, but others like this must exist. It’s so popular that on weekends, if you don’t book in advance you will be able to eat dessert first!

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