Jorge Castillo: Located in Mallory Square, El Mesón de Pepe Is a great place to eat either before or after the sunset festivities. In the heart of the action, this is a place where you can really enjoy the Key West atmosphere.
Glenn Lindgren: For an appetizer I recommend the cazuelita mesón. I love seafood and this combination of shrimp, mushrooms, chorizo and squid is both unusual and excellent.
Jorge Castillo: If you're in the land of the conch, you really need to try the conch salad. El Meson de Pepe's Cuban version adds a touch of saffron to the traditional mayonnaise sauce. Some sliced cachucha pepper – a very mild green pepper – adds a nice crunch.
Jorge Castillo: The list of entrees at El Meson de Pepe is not as extensive as some restaurants, but just about all of the Cuban classics are here.
Glenn .. picadillo, ropa vieja, lechón asado...
Jorge Castillo: If you like liver, Higado al Italiano is an Italian-style dish of sliced beef liver, sautéed in olive oil with onions and peppers.
Glenn Lindgren: El Meson de Pepe's churrasco steak is a real crowd pleaser. The last time we ate here it seemed like every other person was eating one. Be sure to smother the steak in plenty of chimichurri sauce and ask for more if you need it.
Jorge Castillo: They have two excellent chicken dishes – the pollo al ajillo features a grilled half chicken with carmelized onions and a mojito glaze. The pechiga de pollo a la plancha is a grilled chicken breast with parsley, garlic and oil – a mild chimichurri sauce.
Raúl Musibay: If you want to stop by for lunch, they do have several sandwiches available. Or try a frita a frita Cubana Cuban hamburger that I guarantee that you'll like.
Jorge Castillo: Warning – El Meson de Pepe makes Cuban sandwiches in the Key West style with mustard, mayonnaise, lettuce and tomatoes – what they call the "Cayo Hueso Cuban Mix." If you like a traditonal Cuban, tell them to hold the lettuce and tomatoes.
Glenn Lindgren: Believe us, Pepe knows the difference and is happy to make the Miami version for those who ask for it.
Jorge Castillo: And if you are like me and you don't like mayonnaise in any case, be sure to tell them about it.
HOURS: Daily 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
PRICES: About $9.00 to $18.50, lunch prices slightly lower
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