Frita’s Cuban Burger | Review

I have walked by this tiny little eatery, located at 425 Southard Street, many times. After seeing a movie the other night, my husband and I along with our friends, Erik and Dianne, decided to try it out for a quick dinner. We were able to park just out front, which was nice.  As we approached the establishment, we weren’t sure if we were supposed to order out front or sit inside. Apparently, you can do either. So after walking in and sitting at a makeshift table (a drum with a piece of clear plastic on top) we began studying not only the menu but also the shabby chic interior. Okay, so it may have been more shabby than chic, but it did have the neat feeling of actually being in Cuba.

Shrimp burger at Frita’s

We started out by ordering homemade sangria. After about ten minutes we still had not seen the drinks and we were wondering if the language barrier had caused out order to be lost in translation. Of course, as soon as I asked about the drink order, they were finally brought over. The staff makes this drink to order, which explained the delay. Sangria is different everywhere you get it, and I did enjoy this version, although it was much less sweet than what I am accustomed to.

When the proprietress, who did speak perfect English and was very friendly, came over to take our food order, we all got different things. My husband ordered the traditional Cuban sandwich, I ordered the shrimp burger, Erik order the confused Frita (Frita Confundita), and Dianne ordered the traditional Frita burger. We also got two orders of french fries for the table.

In case you were wondering, a traditional Cuban sandwich consists of roasted pork, ham, swiss cheese, mustard and pickles on cuban bread which is then pressed and served warm. Steven ate his, but without much gusto. He thought it was a bit bland compared to the many other Cuban sandwiches that he has enjoyed in the past.

Burger at Frita’s.

My shrimp burger was a bit of a disappointment. It tasted fine, but it was literally a few fried shrimp on a big bun with cole slaw. I was truly expecting shrimp formed into a patty.

Erik’s confused burger was the Frita burger (beef and pork patty seasoned with garlic and spices, topped with onions, mojo pork, cole slaw, and crispy fried house julienne potatoes on a freshly-backed Cuban roll. After a few bites, he pronounced the burger interesting.

The fries were fresh cut, but they were soggy, not crispy.

For such a small place, their menu was pretty extensive. And I am not sure where they cooked it all as I could not tell where the kitchen was. I am not sure that I would come here again, but it was certainly a different experience.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or the rest of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review sectionof this blog.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge

Bier Boutique Review

Island Genn and Lila having lunch at the office.

Island Genn and Lila having lunch at the office.

So, this is a bit strange for me, but today I am going to be writing about a delivery experience. I have driven by the Bier Boutique a bunch of times and I have been determined to try it out. Today, we decided to have them deliver lunch to our office for Foodie Friday!

About 40 minutes after placing a fairly large food order by phone, we got a knock on the door with a delivery driver from the Bier Boutique laden with bags of fresh, hot food. I have to say that the order was not cheap at $75 plus tip. Was it worth the price? Well…

To start, we ordered the beer candied bacon and the tater tots. As if bacon in and of itself was not good enough already, they candy it which transforms the bacon into a sweet and savory treat. The tater tots come two ways; the house-made tater tots are loaded with cheddar cheese, bacon crumbles, Sriracha cream, and chives. And the coney tots are piled with their homemade chili, cheddar cheese, sour cream and chives. While I did like the tots, I would probably not order them again because I absolutely loved the fresh cut french fries that came with the sandwiches, and one fried potato side is more than enough for this girl. The Sriracha cream was tasty, offering just enough spice to give the tots a small kick. The chili was yummy; I could see myself ordering a bowl of this on one of our very rare cold Key West days.

Bier Boutique Big Salad with grilled chicken

Bier Boutique Big Salad with grilled chicken

Lila and Steven both ordered the Mad River TBLT which is a sandwich of fresh grilled turkey, candied bacon, tomato, onion, lettuce, baby swiss, and honey peppercorn vinaigrette on toasted oat nut bread.  This sandwich looked amazing and tasted pretty good too. Really loved the addition of the candied bacon for a different twist.

After shoving my face full or fried potatoes I tried to be somewhat healthy by going with the big salad with grilled chicken. My salad was loaded with spinach, nuts, cranberries, feta cheese, and a honey peppercorn vinaigrette. The chicken was skewered and simply grilled and served on the side. The salad was very good and made outstanding by the dressing that was the perfect combination of spicy and sweet. The chicken  on its own would have been a bore but with the salad and dressing was a nice addition.

For dessert we shared a decadent brownie that was chewy and rich, just as a brownie should be.

TBLT Sandwich ate Bier Boutique

TBLT Sandwich ate Bier Boutique

Now that we have tried a huge portion of the menu, I think we could narrow down the next order and eat a bit more affordably, probably for around $40 plus tip for three of us. We were all impressed by the food, and the fact that they deliver is certainly a bonus.

Now, you may have noticed that the name of this place is the Bier Boutique, yet I did not write about beer at all so far. That is because even though I do like a good cider once in a while, I do not drink at work. If I did I could promise you that I would never get anything accomplished! With that said, they do have a pretty extensive beer menu with several interesting craft brews. So you can enjoy a delicious meal with a cold one. Sounds like a pretty perfect pairing to me!

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West or the rest of the Florida Keys, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews; check out our restaurant review section of this blog.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge

Southernmost Beach Cafe | Review

Free Range Chicken with prosciutto, goat cheese, quinoa and jicama salsa from the Southernmost on the Beach Cafe.

Free Range Chicken with
prosciutto, goat cheese, quinoa and jicama salsa from the Southernmost on the Beach Cafe.

It had been a long, long time since I had last eaten here. But last night my husband and I joined our friends at the Southernmost Beach Cafe for a birthday dinner celebration. Located at the Southernmost Beach Resort on South Street, you can enjoy outdoor beachside dining in the shade.

To start, we ordered calamari and coconut shrimp. For the main course my husband and I both ordered the Free Range Chicken, Tommy ordered the Burger and truffeled tater tots, and Pam ordered the fresh catch which happened to be yellowtail snapper.

Both of the starters were nicely presented, and while they were not mind blowing, they were certainly tasty.

The free range chicken was served atop quinoa and scattered with crispy prosciutto, goat cheese and jicama salsa. I do not even remotely like quinoa, but that did not take away from the delicious taste of the chicken which was tender and moist and flavorful throughout. It also meshed well with the goat cheese and prosciutto.

I cannot repeat exactly what Tommy said about his burger as it would be highly inappropriate for my family friendly blog, so to paraphrase, he thought that it was freaking awesome and one of the top five burgers he had ever eaten. Probably due to the wagyu beef which is my personal favorite, and it was topped with caramelized onions, bacon, and blue cheese. I mean what is not to love there! No mustard or ketchup needed!

The fresh catch was prepared perfectly and was tasty, paired with steamed vegetables and rice, topped with onion straws.

Since it was a birthday celebration, we did order dessert as well. There were two to choose from. The birthday girl ordered the key lime pie with oreo cookie crust. I ordered the white chocolate raspberry cheesecake to share with my husband. Both were deadly delicious, creamy, and they certainly tasted home made. Rounded out with some hot tea and coffee, this was the perfect ending to a delicious meal.

Our server, Rachael, was chatty, but very pleasant. She was on top of our table and we never had to go with empty drinks. All in all this was a slightly pricey but highly enjoyable dining experience.

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews too; check out our restaurant review section of this blog as well as our previous restaurant reviews.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge

Firefly | Review

The outside of Firefly Restaurant on Petronia Street in Key West.

The outside of Firefly Restaurant on Petronia Street in Key West.

I recently went to a private event at Firefly which is located in what used to be Columbian Grace Restaurant on Petronia Street, just down the street from Blue Heaven and the Creperie. Typically when I attend these types of events the food served is not necessarily indicative to the usual fare. However, Firefly actually had tapas sized portions of selections from their actual menu out so I was very excited to be able to try several items.

The first thing that I tried was their homemade mac and cheese. This was decadent and delicious, and I was tempted to go back for a third helping.

Their BLT made with house made bacon was amazing, if you are a lover of BLT’s. The crusts were cut off of the white bread and the bacon was crispy and not chewy which would have been a no go for me.

I did not try the deviled eggs, but they must have been great because my hubby helped himself to about six of these.

The jalapeño cornbread was amazing; the jalapeños were not overbearing but gave it only a slight bite which even someone that does not do spicy can handle.

The BBQ duck wings were tasty, and a nice departure from the usual chicken wings.

Firefly also has a very nice selection of beers and wines to choose from at their bar.

The inside of the restaurant is beautifully remodeled and it offers both indoor and outdoor seating. I have to say that even inside it was extremely hot and somewhat uncomfortable, but I am hoping that it was only because the entire venue was taken up by this event and they purposely had all of the doors open. Based on my experience I think that I would forgo eating here again in the summertime and wait until the weather cools down so that the experience would be more bearable.

Firefly is open from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday and 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Saturday and Sunday. Brunch is served until 3:00 pm every day. Drinks and snacks are available at the bar from 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Supper is served from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm. 

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West, be sure to read my other restaurant reviews too; check out our restaurant review section of this blog as well as our previous restaurant reviews.

And to see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events. For more information about the fun side of Key West… things to do and see in our island city, go to our Key West Web Site.

Feel free to Email Me if you have any questions about Key West!!

Island Genn
Key West Concierge