Chico's Cantina in Key West is a notable spot for those seeking an authentic Mexican dining experience. Established in 1984, this family-owned restaurant at 5230 US Highway One has earned a reputation as a cherished culinary institution on the island, beloved by both locals and tourists. Chico's Cantina stands out for its dedication to fresh, locally sourced ingredients, creating a menu that brings the rich flavors of Mexican cuisine to life. The restaurant's friendly and welcoming staff adds to the charm of the place, making it a popular choice for casual dining.
The menu at Chico's Cantina is diverse, offering traditional Mexican fare like tacos, burritos, fajitas, enchiladas, chimichangas, and quesadillas, with a variety of fillings and sauces to choose from. Noteworthy dishes include the Cayo Hueso Salad, Chicken and Shrimp Fajitas, Seafood Enchiladas, and Asparagus Enchiladas. Additionally, the restaurant serves gringo foods like hamburgers and hotdogs. Their chips and salsa, prepared fresh each day, are highly praised by regulars. Chico's also offers refreshing sangria, margaritas, and beers to complement your meal.
The casual setting of the restaurant, with both indoor and outdoor seating, makes it a suitable choice for various occasions, including special events. Chico's is open from Monday to Friday (11:30 AM - 9:30 PM) and on Saturday (5:00 PM - 9:30 PM), but is closed on Sundays.