Being an explorer and reviewer of Key West brunch spots is a tough job but somebody’s got to do it! If you are a brunch lover and Key West traveler this post is for you… I don’t know about you but when I explore on vacation I am always searching for a brunch spot to add to my “must brunch” list. In my recent travels to the Keys I found another one to add at Rams Head Southernmost.
But first let me ask you… What makes a good brunch spot? There are a few key essentials that come to mind when searching for the “perfect brunch” but it all depends on your preference(s). Whether it’s a well made 3 egg omelette with sauteed local veggies or center cut crispy bacon with homemade spuds and toast smothered in butter, or waffles as big as your head and fruit to boot…the list goes on and on.
While that gets my mouth watering for sure… Rams Head Southernmost, located in Key West, has set the bar much much higher. Today we are going to define what makes Rams Head Southernmost one of the best brunch spots in Key West if not the entire universe. And how they even pull off a “make your own bloody mary” bar 🤤 .
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Rams Head Southernmost, Key West, FL
Rams Head Southernmost is located at 804 Whitehead Street in Key West, Florida only a few, “steps from Duval, at the entrance of the historical Bahama Village.” It features an open outdoor tropical setting with a tiki bar offering an eclectic Caribbean cocktail list which is home to their signature “Rum Punch”. I found myself ubering home during the day so let’s just say the Rum Punch lives up to its name.
The colorful walls mixed with a unique weathered wood bring it all together as the local live music plays on daily. The beachy signage behind the bar and the palm ceiling fans pull it together to be the perfect setting for a vacation beach brunch.
Their website says, “Rams Head was founded in Annapolis, Maryland and has been family owned and operated since 1989. With roots in Key West, Rams Head is proud to be part of the local community and is committed to providing the best in food, fun, and beer.” You can, “enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, among lush foliage, water fountains, and the Key West sunshine.”
Located in the Bahama Village which, “is a 12-block area between Whitehead and Fort and Angela and Catherine Streets, you’ll be able to see the original area in which the first black Bahamian settlers arrived in the 19th century.” (Source)
The hours of operation are 9:00 a.m. -11:00 p.m. every day with food being served until 10 p.m. The “Happy Hour” is 4:00-6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and features $4 drafts, domestics, $2 off wine and liquor, and half price apps.
Let’s talk about brunch in Key West…
A great brunch comes in all tastes and sizes and at Rams Head Southernmost they have put a tropical twist on their menu that makes this place so special. Who can turn down an Eggs Benedict right? For me in my travels Eggs Benedict is like cole slaw…every restaurant has it but not everyone knows how to make it.
That being said, you won’t ever turn down the “Annapolis Benedict”. This spread features, “Lump crab cake, sliced tomato, poached eggs, hollandaise, English muffin, island style home fries.” Or if you want to tickle your southern bone try the Pulled Pork Benedict, “Slow roasted pulled pork, poached eggs, English muffin, hollandaise, island style home fries.” Both a brunch must and that’s just the Benedicts!
“Chorizo & Egg Tacos” and the “Southernmost Omelet” both delivered a unique take on classic dishes with chorizo sausage, and Gruyere cheese leading the way to greatness. They offer a strong variety with the not to be forgotten – pancakes (three buttermilk pancakes with whipped cream and strawberries) and they even have a Seafood Omelet. Needless to say I made a few trips to Rams Head while in the Keys. Be sure to check out the full menu here.
Key West knows how to get it’s brunch on. Later on in our post we will be talking about some other brunch spots you have to carve out some time for. But first we have a bloody meeting with Mary.
Make Your Own Bloody Mary’s = Peak Brunch Life
When I brunch on vacation the food needs to be special for sure but the most important piece of this equation is… the libation. Right? Rams Head Southernmost figured this out with a simple solution… A Bloody Mary Bar where you can build your own Bloody Mary. That’s right… Whatever crazy topper you want for your beverage, or however spicy you want to make – it’s up to you to customize it…for you. If there was a Heaven on earth I think I just found it.
For those of you who have not yet acquired a taste for Bloody Mary’s – you need not worry. Rams Head features 100+ beers including their very own “Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company which was founded at Rams Head Tavern in Annapolis, Maryland in 1995.”
They have a list of amazing frozen cocktails including the Bushwhacker In Paradise
Which features “Bacardi Coconut Rum, Absolut Vodka, Baileys Irish Cream, Amaretto, cream of coconut, chocolate syrup, nutmeg.”
A Rams Head mixologist was on hand to make us any “Tropical Conchtails” we desired. Currently they are featuring the following options: Blue Macawrita, Bahama Village Mama, Mai Tai, Tropical Migration, The Naked Beach, and the classic Dark & Stormy.
And for that Aunt who you have never seen without a glass in her hand they have an extensive white, red and sparkling carefully curated wine list. Be sure to check out the menu before you stop in: Rams Head Southernmost Drink Menu.
Winner Winner, Lunch and Dinner
We have exhausted the Brunch side of Rams Head but we can’t overlook the amazing options for lunch and dinner. Their caribbean inspired seafood options will leave you wishing you had more room.
The Starters shine with Conch Fritters, Half Rack of Ribs, Crab Dip and more. Rams Head salads feature the Tomato and Watermelon (Heirloom tomatoes, watermelon, feta cheese, arugula, aged balsamic, olive oil) and the Southernmost (Mixed greens, fried avocados, peppadew peppers, Bermuda onion, heirloom tomatoes, bleu cheese). The culinary choices will keep your taste buds satisfied for sure. The street tacos, flat breads and sandwiches are legendary and the entrees pull out all the stops. My favorite was the Lobster Mac & Cheese featuring, “Caribbean lobster, creamy four-cheese sauce, cavatappi pasta.” Be sure to check out the full menu here.
Key West Nightlife at Rams Head Southernmost
All food aside Rams Head has made a name for itself with not just the daily live music but the huge acts it has brought in over the years under the name “Rams Head Presents”. They are currently bringing in national acts into: Maryland, Key West, Delaware, and New York. The Beach Boys are playing in March at a Rams Head Presents event at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater! As a music lover this is one of those things to have on your radar as you plan your next adventure to the Keys! Be sure to check out the full list of artists here.
Buzzy Brunch Spots In Key West
Be sure to check out these “buzzy brunch spots” when you visit the Keys. I didn’t get a chance to visit all of these yet so do some research and schedule one for each day!
- Blue Heaven – Bahama Village – 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. – blueheavenkw.com
- Bagatelle – On Duval – 9:00 – 11:30 a.m. is the first of two happy hours! – bagatellekw.com
- Goldman’s Deli – featuring homemade bagels! – goldmansdeli.com
- Pepe’s – a favorite of President Truman – pepeskeywest.com
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