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

Ghosts and Gravestones Trolley Tour!

Here is LilaMeow posing with Robert the Doll. Of course, she did ask his permission for the photo!

Here is LilaMeow posing with Robert the Doll. Of course, she did ask his permission for the photo!

Last night I went on the Key West Ghosts & Gravestones tour with my friend, Kurt. The tour began at 501 Front Street, on the corner of Front and Duval Streets where we boarded the trolley, fittingly decorated to fit the “ghoulish” theme. There were dead vines on the ceiling, creepy flickering candles (fake, of course for safety sake!), and other fun decorations to add to the spooky experience. The tour guide, you guessed it, is DEAD! It took Kurt twenty minutes to figure this out even though our guide, Elsa, wore dated attire from the 1800’s and was extremely pale with dark, sunken eyes. By the way, Elsa had fallen down the steps of the Key West Lighthouse to her death.

During the course of the tour, your guide will share various ghost stories and tales from different historic landmarks here in Key West. Some of these sites include Captain Tony’s Saloon and St. Paul’s Church, to name just a couple.

My favorite part was stopping at the Fort East Martello, where the infamous Robert the Doll resides. We were met by Benjamin Jonah, our dead “hooker” from the 1800’s. Benjamin told us he collected corpses from the ocean when yellow fever struck Key West. He gave us a brief tour of the fort, then told us Robert’s rules. When entering Robert’s room, you must do the following: acknowledge him by saying hello, ask his permission to take a photo, and remember to say good bye. Supposedly, there have been numerous reports of strange and not-so-good things happening to individuals that do not follow these rules! Oh! And you also get a ghost radar to carry around with you as well! I followed all of the rules and had my photo taken with Robert while my radar went off the charts! It was terrifying but a lot of fun, nonetheless.

Try and lift this puppy!

Try and lift this puppy!

After the fort, we boarded the trolley again and continued the tour, driving by several more landmarks while listening to more stories. We finally ended up at the Shipwreck Museum at Mallory Square. We had access into the museum and were told of the most recent haunting there. It was very dim and reminded me of the haunted houses I had visited around Halloween while growing up.
Our guide was sarcastic, witty, enthusiastic, and very knowledgable. I loved the interactive aspect of the tour too; if someone yells, “you’re doomed!” as you drive by, you must yell back “YES! We are the doomed!”

My friend, Kurt, has resided in Key West for a number of years now; he had never done the trolley before. He was far more terrified than I was during the tour, but we both thoroughly enjoyed it. The entire experience was an hour and a half long. It was entertaining, informative, and downright fun! I highly recommend it to not only visitors but locals as well. My recommendation would be to go at night; the darkness adds to the tour! Maybe not the tour for the truly faint of heart though! Call 305-29-GHOST for more information and to make your reservations, which are required!

For more information about Key West, check out our Key West information site. Also, make sure to visit the restaurant review section of this blog to help you decide where to eat during your stay on our island!

Lila Meow

Easter in Key West – 2017

Island Genn and her sister Amy having Easter Day Brunch.

Island Genn and her sister Amy having Easter Day Brunch.

Easter Sunday is just around the corner now, and if you will be in Key West for this holiday, you are probably wondering where you can enjoy a nice Easter brunch or dinner. Below are a list of restaurants that will be open, some offering their regular menu and others offering holiday specials. Just make sure to call and make reservations!!

Restaurants
  • 2 Cents – 305-414-8626
  • A&B Lobster House – 305-294-5880
  • Antonia’s – 305-294-6565
  • Azur – 305-292-2987
  • Bagatelle – 305-296-6609
  • Banana Cafe – 305-294-7227
  • Benihana – 305-294-6400
  • Bistro 245 – 305-292-4320
  • Bliss Key West – 305-240-1281
  • Bruschetta Cucina Italiana – 305-517-6282
  • Cafe Marquesa – 305-292-1244
  • Cafe Sole – 305-294-0230
  • Doubletree Grand Key Resort – 305-307-9752 – Easter Brunch from Noon until 4:00PM. Menu items include eggs benedict, omelette station,bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, salad, Caribbean chicken, spiral ham, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and desserts. $25.95 plus tax per person with lower rates for children.
  • The Grand Cafe – 305-292-4740 – Offering a special Easter Sunday Dinner including a grand trio of smoked duck breast, beef carpaccio, and tuna tartare for $14.99, citrus baked ham with asparagus and mashed potatoes for $26.99, and chocolate mousse cake with whipped cream and a mango -raspberry coulis for $9.99.
  • Hot Tin Roof – 305-296-7701
  • Key West Harbour – 305-292-3121
  • La Te Da – 305-296-6706
  • La Trattoria – 305-296-1075 / 305-295-6789
  • Mangoes – 305-294-8002
  • Martin’s – 305-295-0111
  • Michael’s – 305-295-1300
  • Nine One Five – 305-296-0669
  • One Duval at the Pier House – 305-295-3255 – Eater Brunch will be served from 10am until 2pm. Cost is $42 per person and included a complimentary mimosa. Lower rates available for children.
  • Prime Steakhouse – 305-296-4000
  • Rooftop Cafe – 305-294-2042 – As an exceptional Key West restaurant, Roof Top Café is open during all major holidays, including Easter. Typically, our full dinner menu will be offered along with holiday specials. In addition to the regular menu, special multi-course menus are often available. Reservations on all major holidays are recommended.
  • Sarabeth’s – 305-293-8181
  • Senor Frogs – 305-404-8094
  • Southernmost Beach Cafe – 305-296-6550
  • Spencer’s by the Sea at the Casa Marina Resort – 305-296-3535
  • Casa Marina Resort – 305-296-3535 – Visit the Easter Bunny and join in the egg hunt at 11:00am! Brunch is served from noon until 4:00pm. Menu includes seafood, carving station, raw bar, mimosas, live music, and more! Price is $62 per adult and $30 per child under 12.
  • Tavern N Town at the Marriott Beachside Resort – 305-296-8100 – Offering an amazing East Brunch from 11:00AM until 2:00PM for just $45.95 per person.
  • Thai Life Floating Restaurant – 305-296-9907

In 2016, the following restaurants were also opened… We will keep updating for 2017 as the information comes in!

  • Hard Rock Cafe – 305-293-0230
  • Latitudes – 305-292-5394
  • SHOR at the Hyatt Resort will be serving Easter Brunch from 11am until 3pm. Enjoy bottomless mimosas along with fine cuisine. – 305-809-4000
Religious Services

If you are planning on attending mass or another a church service for the Easter holiday, we have many churches of different denominations that you could attend.

Activities
Fury Watersports is offering their special KEY WEST EASTER ULTIMATE ADVENTURE which includes reef snorkeling, jet skis, parasailing, and many other water sports. Leave all the work to the Easter Bunny, and enjoy your holiday with Fury Water Adventures! After an hour of snorkeling, we will head to Fury’s Island Playground for Jet Skiing, Parasailing, Kayaking and Water Park fun. When finished, cool down with complimentary beer and wine as we sail back to Key West. Our Easter Sunday Ultimate Adventure provides a special holiday menu and unlimited refreshments! This six hour adventure starts at 10:00AM and is priced at only $150 plus tax per person! Call us at 1-888-362-3474 to make reservations!
Happy Easter!

Before deciding where you are going to eat while visiting Key West, be sure to read my restaurant reviews; 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

Kim’s Kuban | Review

The chicken soup as served at Kim's Kuban.

The chicken soup as served at Kim’s Kuban.

After a busy morning in the office, we were starving. Delivery to Stock Island is limited, and tired of the same old, we decided to try something different. Having never eaten at Kim’s Cuban, we gave them a call and placed out order.  Lila ordered the chicken soup and a cheese toast and I ordered a chicken burrito and a homemade rice pudding. It seemed like forever before they showed up with the food, but that was probably be because we were famished! Answering phones and emails is hard work!

Unpacking the meal, the chicken soup was a really nice sized portion and the burrito was enormous. But the rice pudding was missing. We gave them a call and about 15 minutes later they were back with another bag containing the rice pudding; more on that later!

Kim's Kuban chicken burrito.

Kim’s Kuban chicken burrito.

Lila said that her chicken soup was very good, and liked the addition of cilantro to it. I personally love cilantro, so I am sure that I would have love that soup! And you cannot go wrong with Cuban bread with butter and cheese; this was delicious. Try adding jalapeños if you like spicy!!

My burrito tasted fine and was very filling. I only ate about a quarter of it, it was so large. But I was disappointed with this choice. It was basically a rice burrito with a very little bit of beans and chicken mixed in.

Now, for the rice pudding… I opened the bag and the homemade rice pudding was not homemade at all. I was kind of upset so I didn’t even end up eating it. Lila ate it two days later and she said that it tasted good but it had the consistency of clay and that it gave her a stomach ache. I guess I dodged a bullet there.

Homemade rice pudding???

Homemade rice pudding???

For the amount of food that you get for the price it is a pretty good deal for breakfast or lunch.

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