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

A&B Lobster House: Review

Ribeye steak at A&B Lobster House.

Ribeye steak at A&B Lobster House.

A&B Lobster House (short for Alonzo and Berlin) has been a fine dining staple in Key West since 1947. This elegant restaurant overlooking the water offers seating both inside and outside, so that you can enjoy your meal in the cool air conditioned dining room or outside where you have an amazing view of  the harbor and the gorgeous boats docked there.

My husband and I dined here this past weekend. The menu features tempting soups, salads, fresh local seafood, and steaks. In the past I have ordered the lobster bisque to start, and it is mouthwateringly good with that lovely hint of cognac. But this time we went with a simple wedge salad and steak; the ribeye for my husband and the filet mignon for myself.

One of the first ways in which I judge a restaurant is by the quality of bread that they serve. I absolutely love the bread here. It is nice and crusty on the outside and soft on the inside. Yum! So we were off to a fine start!

Filet Mignon at the A&B Lobster House

Filet Mignon at the A&B Lobster House

What is there to say about a wedge salad? It is a pretty simple concept; iceberg lettuce, bacon, and blue cheese dressing. This one also added onions and tomatoes. It was a nice light start to the meal.

At first look, our plated entrees did not look overly impressive. The kitchen really skimped on the sides. Can you even see the mashed potatoes in the picture of the ribeye? But, the steaks were absolutely amazing. After the first bite my husband and I looked at each other and said at the same time, this is the best steak we have ever eaten in Key West. The Bernaise sauce served with the filet was delicious, but the steak tasted so good without it that I did not end up using it. The gorgonzola potatoes were flavorful with just the right amount of sharpness; they were the perfect pairing for the steak.

Cheesecake at the A&B Lobster House

Cheesecake at the A&B Lobster House

For dessert we each ordered coffee and we shared a piece of the cheesecake. The coffee was served in small individual pots; I was not expecting a great cup of coffee, but that is what we got. It was probably the best cup of coffee that I have had in a restaurant in quite awhile. The piece of cheesecake was small, but it was rich and creamy and not overly sweet.

The food is very good as is the service and the ambiance, but the prices are high ($30.00 – $70.00 per entree). So as much as I would love to eat here more often, A&B is our special occasion spot. However, the restaurant’s location is superb and free parking is available as well which in my opinion makes up for some of the cost of dinner. Reservations are suggested. Dress is casual.

You can also enjoy a before or after dinner drink at Berlin’s, their cocktail and cigar bar.

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 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

Harbourview Cafe at the Pier House Resort & Caribbean Spa | Review

Delicious creamy conch chowder from the Harbourview Cafe located at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.

Delicious creamy conch chowder from the Harbourview Cafe located at the Pier House Resort and Caribbean Spa.

Sunday my husband and I had friends come into town, so we decided to take them downtown for lunch. We wanted someplace with a nice view and good food. My friend Lee works at the Pier House Resort and he has told me on numbers occasions that the food at the Harbourview Cafe is really good. I thought that it would be worth it to give the cafe a whirl, especially since I send a lot of our clients to stay at the Pier House. Even with the signs pointing the way throughout the property, walking through the resort to find the cafe was a little bit confusing. But it was beautifully landscaped and we were rewarded by a quiet spot next to the resort’s beach overlooking the Key West Harbor. It was a very picturesque setting. We opted to sit outside because the weather was amazing, but there is indoor seating available as well.

Our waiter’s name was Ash and he brought over menus for us to peruse. We all were brought water; then Jennifer ordered a glass of wine, the guys both ordered beers, and I ordered a rare Bloody Mary. When the drinks were brought out we then ordered our food. Everyone but me asked for the burger. I decided that I had to get something different for a better cross section of the menu so I went with their salad with charbroiled sea scallops. The guys also ordered a soup each; Nate ordered the special which was a pumpkin coconut curry and Steven ordered the creamy conch chowder.

A note about the Bloody Mary. I am by no means a connoisseur of these drinks, but I do enjoy them on occasion. This one was not bad. It had a consistency that was a little thin plus a lot of horseradish; I would have been really impressed with it if it had come with a shrimp on the side in addition to the olives as  that would have paired perfectly together. Of course that would also raise the price of the drink I am sure, but I think it would have been worth it.

An amazing salad with charbroiled scallops, dried fruit, and goat cheese crostini.

An amazing salad with charbroiled scallops, dried fruit, and goat cheese crostini.

Back to the food…

The soups were amazing and both guys devoured them, although Jen and I luckily both got a taste of our respective husbands’ soups before the bowls were clean. The burgers, served with fries, were big and they looked amazing. I did not taste them but Jenn, Nate, and Steven all raved about them, and they were so big that nobody entirely finished them either. My salad was gorgeous, piled with fresh greens, ripe tomatoes, dried fruit, and a really delicious basil vinaigrette. There were 4 scallops on top of the salad as well that were perfectly cooked. And there were also a couple of pieces of goat cheese crostini on the side. All together it was a perfect combination and a great choice for a light and delicious lunch.

Ash was quiet at first, but he was a good and attentive server. We asked him if the music could be lowered and he immediately complied which made it much easier for us to converse with each other. And we really enjoyed he view of the harbor and watching all of the beautiful tall ships sailing by as well as the parade of sleek Dream Catcher Charters boats going by as they picked up and dropped off clients at the Pier House dock.

The Harbourview Cafe Burger.

The Harbourview Cafe Burger.

I am very pleased to report that the Harbourview Cafe at the Pier House Resort is an awesome place for one to enjoy a delicious lunch with an amazing view. Breakfast and dinner are also served here. The dinner menu is very similar to the lunch menu. And  the breakfast menu looks amazing; I may have to make this our new breakfast spot!

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