Leaving the Conch Republic

Happy Friday eve! Looking forward to another Bait Nite event tonight, plus a friend’s birthday dinner. Also, have some fun plans for the weekend.

But first let’s wrap that Key West trip shall we?

Our last day on Sunday we got up, got all our things together and checked out. Before we left we wanted to grab lunch and visit one last museum. We had walked by this place called Caroline’s Cafe a few times and the prices were reasonable and the food sounded good so we decided to go there.

Good decision!

I got the Macon Bacon salad, which had friend chicken, bacon, corn and glazed pecans.

I also had a bite of Jon’s shrimp BLT, which was also very good!

After lunch we got in the car and headed to our last stop on the island, the Fort East Martello Museum.

East Martello is an old fort from the Civil War that has been restored into a museum. Lots of military history plus some random/cool pieces like old doll houses and abandoned items from Cuban immigrants.

Our main reason for going though was to see Robert the Doll. The doll was given to Robert Eugene Otto in 1906 by an African servant who was displeased by the Otto family. Apparently the servant was skilled in black magic and it is said that the doll is posessed by evil spirits. They even say that if you want to take a picture of him you have to ask politely and if he declines by tilting his head to the side and you take one anyway, you and your family will be cursed. There’s letters surrounding Robert at the museum with some of them stating that they took Robert’s picture and strange things started happening to them…even the Travel channel had trouble with their cameras until they asked politely if they could film Robert.

I’m not sure if I believe in this stuff or not, but just the possibility of it being true freaks me out. I didn’t spend too much time around Robert and didn’t take a picture just in case.

The whole fort was kind of creepy…espicially the tower we went up.


There was some cool junk art on one floor.

And a nice view at the top.

After our visit we were officially on the road home. We did make one pit stop in Key Largo. We wanted to stop at Herbie’s because Nick said they had the best conch fritters, but they were closed. So I did a search on my Yelp app and the Key Largo Conch House caught my eye.


This place was super cute. It’s family owned and they’re very environmentally concious and use sustainable seafood. Their menu was awesome…I wanted one of everything!

We of course tried the conch fritters. They were good, but not enough conch. Conch Shack by Mallory Square is still the best we’ve had. But I liked the touch of curry the Conch House put in theirs.

We also tried the Conch and Lobster ceviche, which was very fresh tasting and flavorful.

I also got a half tuna and apple wrap and the conch chowder. The chowder was very good, but again there could been more conch. The wrap was chock full of seared tuna and was very good with the apple. I think I would have rather had this combo on top of a salad though.

With out bellies full (again) we made the final stretch towards home.

Welp, that’s it! I’m already missing it…next time I want to go down for longer. I’ve always done weekend trips and would just love another day or two of Key West fun. And next time we need to stay somewhere with a kitchen and bring our own groceries…the restraurants are expensive!

Have you been to Key West?


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