Lupida’s | Review

Lupida's Mexican cheese dip with chips.

Lupida’s Mexican cheese dip with chips.

Our office staff were all hungry today, so we decided to try a place that we had never been to.  Mexican sounded good so we headed on over to Lupida’s on Bertha Street, formerly home to B’s Cuban as we long time residents remember. It was a little too late for the lunch crowd, so we had the whole place to ourselves. We loved the Mexican music playing in the background, just loud enough to be heard and enjoyed  yet soft enough to be able to hear one another. It made us feel as though we were really in Mexico, or at least Mexico in Epcot!

As we were seated, We were served the obligatory chips with salsa. The chips were fresh and delicious and so was the salsa. The menu is huge so it was really hard to make a decision, but we finally settled! To start, we ordered the Mexican cheese dip and chips. It was a good sized portion, although a bit bland and very liquidy, making it difficult to eat. But, it did double as a good sauce on Tommy’s quesadilla.

Sopapillas as served at Key West's Lupida's.

Sopapillas as served at Key West’s Lupida’s.

Lila likes to eat dessert first, so she started with the sopapillas. These were very different from what I have had in the past. They were almost along the lines of a churro. The were crispy flour chips, for lack of a better descriptor, with a hint of cinnamon and topped with honey, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce. They were tasty, and the portion was huge. Really enough for four people.

Lila followed up her dessert with the chile rellenos with chicken. Served with a side of rice and refried beans, this generous sized plate garnered an alright from Lila. The chile rellenos were fried crispy, and there was no sauce on them, or at least not enough to be noticeable. And other than the bit of cheese that topped the dish, there didn’t seem to be any on the inside of the peppers. The best part of this dish was the shredded chicken stuffed into the peppers.

Chile rellenos with chicken at Lupida's in Key West.

Chile rellenos with chicken at Lupida’s in Key West.

Tommy ordered the beef quesadillas. This was also a good sized portion served with a side of rice and refried beans. He thought that the quesadillas were acceptable, but not great. The ground beef was bland and could have used some seasoning to add some flavor to this boring dish to make it more memorable. He was able to perk up the dish a bit by pouring the remainder of the cheese dip and salsa onto his quesadillas.

I ordered the chicken enchiladas with green sauce. These were also served with rice and refried beans, and again was a good sized portion. The shredded chicken was flavorful and I loved the spicy green sauce that it came with which was the savior to the dish.

We did not leave hungry, but unless you got a meal with a flavorful sauce like I did, bland was the word. If we do come here again, I think that I should just order for everyone! And if I didn’t have to go back to work, I would have ordered a strawberry margarita to go with my meal, but I was being responsible.

Chicken enchiladas with green sauce at Lupida's in Key West.

Chicken enchiladas with green sauce at Lupida’s in Key West.

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

Bad Boy Burrito | Review

Bad Boy Burrito

My meal at Bad Boy Burrito

Bad Boy Burrito opened its doors in 2008 and has gained a strong following. It is located at 1220 1/2 Simonton Street. If you blink your eyes, you will drive by this small establishment, so keep alert! I was not sure what to expect before I came here, but I have to say that I almost did not give this place a shot after I walked in. The space is tiny and hot, and there were several people crammed inside the little storefront waiting for their orders to be prepared so that they could take them away and enjoy. The fact that there were so many people waiting was a good sign about the food quality, but I was feeling claustrophobic and uncomfortable. The two benches that line the walls were taken up as was the one table with stools overlooking the street. The two people in the back preparing the food were extremely busy, especially considering that they had to also deal with the customers up front. I actually felt bad for them having so much to do in a hotbox of a building. But they seemed happy enough, and they were friendly and efficient at their work. I had come this far already so I decided I would ignore the space issue and study the menu.

The menu is unusual, and to the novice Bad Boy Burrito customer a little confusing. That is probably why there is an explanation on the menu on how to order a burrito here. Step One: choose a filling. Choices include meat, seafood, and veggie options. Step Two: choose a sauce. Sauces include pico de gallo, tomatilla, verde, mango habanero, and red chili. They do like their spice here! Step Three: choose your toppings. These include everything from cheese to sour cream to pickled onions, and avocado to name just a few items from the list. All burritos come with rice and beans inside. If this ordering process seems too daunting for you, they also have some other menu options to choose from so that you can avoid building your own “phattie” as they call their burritos. There are the Cayo Hueso Fish Tacos, the Disco Duck Quesadilla, and the El Gaucho Ernesto which is what I tried (a burrito filled with chimmichurri marinated steak, jalepenos, cilantro, cheese, and pico de gallo).

Bad Boy Burrito also has a juice bar with drinks for the health foodie. They have a selection of smoothies which changes based on whatever fresh, organic fruits that have on hand. You can also order wheat grass shots, watermelon ague fresco, lime aid, and hibiscus iced tea. Espresso, cappuccino, and con leche served with your choice of organic or soy milk round out the drink options. I tried the iced tea which I did not care for. Much too flowery tasting for my liking.

Getting back to the food, the place finally cleared out I sat down at the only table available overlooking the street. The lady working both the counter and the kitchen brought over my order when ready. I have to say that I was very pleasantly surprised.  The El Gaucho Ernesto was hearty and delicious, and quite spicy, but not too much for my liking. The combination of the fillings meshed perfectly with one another. And it was served with a small side of corn chips and salsa which was tasty and cut the heat of the spicy burrito. I actually did not finish the entire burrito since it was so large and filling. Honestly, it was one of the better burritos I have ever tried. And when I finished eating I brought my plate to the counter and paid a modest $12 plus tip for my meal.

I think that the locals who live near here and eat at Bad Boy Burrito regularly have the right idea about getting the food to go. It is tiny and cramped, and if there are more than a couple of people wanting to eat here at once I would guess that you would be out of luck most times. And even though the burrito was not particularly messy, I still would not want to eat it on a bench. Service was relatively quick even with the limited staff and the large crowd of customers.

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 restaurant reviews.

To see what is happening on the island 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!!

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