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

Lobo’s Mixed Grill | Review

The Dill Tuna Salad at Lobos's in Key West.

The Dill Tuna Salad at Lobos’s in Key West.

Lobo’s Mixed Grill is located down a little alley way off of Duval in an area called Key Lime Square. This casual eatery has covered picnic tables for you relax at while you enjoy your wrap, burger, or sandwich.

I decided to have lunch here the other day while I was in town with Indiana Bones. I ordered the dill tuna salad at the counter with an iced tea. When the salad was ready it was brought out to where I was seated with Indie. The presentation was nice and the portion was huge. I ended up not being able to finish it even with Indie’s help.  I loved how fresh the greens were. And the tuna salad had the perfect consistency and was not dripping with mayo. I only wish that they made their own salad dressings here rather than using pre made versions, but that did not ruin the salad for me. The vinaigrette dressing that I chose was tasty.

Lobo’s is famous for the wraps. With a choice of white, wheat, spinach, sun dried tomato, or black bean flour tortillas, the wrap options are practically endless. And any wrap on the menu, of which there are thirty-one, can also be made into a salad. I love the Monster Veggie Wrap on Wheat, but meat and seafood lovers will enjoy other options like the Tuna Luau, the Catalina Chicken, the Spicy Shrimp Roll, or the Porky’s Nightmare. Don’t you just love the names?! You will also find burgers, hotdogs, and quesadillas as choices. And I can tell you that all of the food that was being delivered to other diners looked amazing.

If you are looking for a quick lunch, I would definitely give Lobo’s a whirl. The food is fresh and delicious. The staff are friendly. And as long as its not 95 degrees you should enjoy the relaxed dining atmosphere.

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.

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

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

Island Genn
Key West Concierge