Slow Food Restaurant Find in Key West – Help Yourself Cafe

Heading to the Keys for a relaxing? I’ll share all the hot spots we love and a new, fun find, a Slow Food Restaurant in Key West – Help Yourself Cafe.

Help Yourself Cafe 

As a healthy food coach I’m always scouting out places for people to eat healthfully while on the go. Many times travel is what trips people up on the journey toward their goals. On a trip to the Keys I found a new favorite for my coaching clients. 

I. Love. This. Concept. An old gas station – turned natural foods market and cafe with a raised garden outdoor seating area. I do think we need one of these in Jacksonville.

I found help yourself by googling “Slow Food Key West”.
Charlie Wilson at Help Yourself, an organic food stop and restaurant on Fleming Street, supports the Slow Food philosophy that our children should grow up enjoying food that is both delicious and good for them, learning healthy habits that last throughout their life, and that getting nutritious food into schools is important.

Help Yourself Cafe Indian Summer Salad

Indian Summer Salad – Creamy Mix of Chickpeas, Quinoa, Carrots, Raisins, Onion with Indian Spices Over Mixed Greens with House Vinaigrette
This salad…..oh my gosh.  Protein rich with chickpeas, quinoa and nuts, lots of fresh veggies and Indian spices-I loved the weight and mix of flavors.

Help Yourself Cafe – almost everything can be made gluten free.
They made my daughter a GF chicken wrap with lettuce and apples.

Help Yourself Cafe has a vegan lasagna with layers of zucchini. Next time I’ll be trying that!

Some of the info that really resonated with me is that they use all whole grains, non-GMO, non-dairy (coconut is the alternative), fresh juices and everything is prepared from scratch. Can you see why this was my kind of place?

Other eats: Morada Bay – my favorite in Islamorada!

BIG, fresh cocktails and high quality, delicious food. 


While everyone else was driving back up to the mainland in traffic I could beat on a bike, we hit the pool and did some shopping.
Bass Pro Outdoor World in Islamorada has a really cool fish tank.

Just outside Bass Pro is waterfront dining at Islamorada Fish Company

Our waiter was very nice, and the view was gorgeous, but the food was ok.  I asked if they make their own dressing and they said no.  That’s my telltale way to tell the freshness and quality of the food.


View from Islamorada Fish Company

Where we stayed

We stayed at the Islander Resort in Islamorada….our favorite place to stay as the grounds are beautiful and they have kitchenettes which is great for people with families or anyone who would like to save a little money on eating out every meal.

Hotel View in Islamorada

Our friends, Anthony and Courtney came along with us!

Cocktails and Sunset

Directly across the street from the Islander is Lorelei-a great restaurant right across the street…we rode our bikes everywhere!

For the kids

Theater of the Sea 

Key West Butterfly Conservatory

I hope you enjoyed this tour of the best of the Florida Keys!

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About DHCooks

Dawn Hutchins is a health & wellness entrepreneur that specializes in helping busy moms kick processed food addiction, such as sugar and food dyes, to the curb. She's a published author, wife, and mother of one sweet little girl. When she's not crusading for the advancement of plant-based nutrition, she's camping, stretching in yoga and paddle boarding on her SUP.

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