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

Croissants de France Bakery & Pastries – Stock Island

The interior on Croissant de France on Stock Island.

The interior on Croissant de France on Stock Island.

Croissants de France has opened a second location on Stock Island. On one had, this is amazing because I work on Stock Island and when I want a croissant I am only three minutes away. On the other hand, I am just three minutes away from a croissant six days a week. If my willpower is down that is going to create some havoc for me! But all in all I am thrilled to have this second location so nearby.

Unlike the main Croissants de France on Duval Street, this one does not have a full restaurant attached, so no eggs Benedict, pancakes, or salads are served here. However, they do have a nice selection of breads, quiches, pastries, cakes, and sandwiches. And of course several coffee drinks are also made to order.

You can enjoy a coffee and a croissant on Stock Island at Croissant de France in their adorable courtyard.

You can enjoy a coffee and a croissant on Stock Island at Croissant de France in their adorable courtyard.

Sadly, once I found out that the new location opened I visited three days in a row. On the first day I got a piece of the spinach and feta quiche to go. It was amazing; creamy and flakey all at once. On the second day, I got a spinach and feta croissant and an almond croissant. They were super fresh and delicious. On the third day I got a tuna sandwich. The tuna salad was tasty and wonderfully paired on a butter croissant. I also brought a tuna sandwich back to my husband and he complained that it was too small, but for me it was the perfect size.

Anyway, I am putting the brakes on my visits here for at least a few days! But I am looking forward to trying a Napoleon or a slice of key lime pie on my next visit!

Croissants de France’s Stock Island location can be found at 5620 McDonald Ave. (This is the same building that you can also find Roostica and the Dolphin Deli.) Their hours are 6:30am to 6:00pm, seven days a week.

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

El Mocho Restaurant: Review

 

El Mocho RestaurantI have driven by this place about a million times on my way to West Marine and never thought to try it out, that is until I had some friends mentioned that they had a really enjoyable breakfast there. Today, my friends Pam and Tommy joined me at El Mocho Restaurant for breakfast.

This is a true locals place; we saw several people that we knew enjoying breakfast at this Cuban greasy spoon. It was very busy; however, we did not have to wait for a table. We were able to seat ourselves immediately, and we were brought menus (which are in both Spanish and English) shortly afterwards.

El Mocho Restaurant eggs, bacon and hash-browns breakfast.

El Mocho Restaurant eggs, bacon and hash-browns breakfast.

We ordered cafe con leche to start. One just has to order Cuban coffee at a Cuban restaurant! I ordered the special breakfast which costs less than five dollars and consists of two eggs, ham or bacon, and hash browns or grits. Pam ordered a breakfast sandwich on Cuban bread. And Tommy ordered the pancakes with eggs and sausage. It did not take too long for our food to be brought out to us.

The bacon and eggs were good. I was disappointed with the McDonald’s like hash browns, so I ended up getting a bowl of cheesy grits too. The grits were a little runny, but they were loaded with butter and tasted delicious.

Pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast at El Mocho Restaurant on Stock Island, Florida.

Pancakes, eggs and sausage breakfast at El Mocho Restaurant on Stock Island, Florida.

The sandwich was a little bland, so Pam ended up lacing it with tons of hot sauce to pep it up. She was also disappointed that the hash browns were not as expected, so she also ordered the cheesy grits.

Tommy’s pancakes were very heavy but delicious, especially after he drowned them in syrup (yum!). And again, the eggs and sausage were good.

The atmosphere is very low key. And the service was very, very slow. At least we were entertained by watching the televisions hanging around the room while waiting so the check and a to go bag. Also, I was annoyed by the seating; I love booth seating, but the seat moved around every time the person sitting on the other side moves.

For the three of us, breakfast was less than $30, plus tip of course. We all decided that the food was good enough and cheap enough to come back in the future for breakfast. Plus, they are conveniently located on Stock Island very close to my office. They also serve breakfast and dinner.

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

Key West Marinas

Sunset Marina, home to Dream Catcher Charter.

Sunset Marina, home to Dream Catcher Charter.

Key West may be a tiny island, only two by four miles in size, but being an island you will find many marinas. This is actually a surprising fact to a lot of people. Many people ask me, “what is the main marina in Key West?” This question always throws me for a loop because even after living here for over fifteen years, I have no idea what marina could even be considered the main marina as each one is so different to another with varying amenities. So, below are a list of Key West marinas and boat ramps (for good measure).

  • 11th Street Boat Ramp
    • (need I say more?)
  • A&B Marina
    • 700 Front Street
    • 305-294-2535
  • Banana Bay Resort & Marina
    • 2319 North Roosevelt Boulevard
    • 305-296-6925
  • Boca Chica Marina
    • Navy Base
    • 305-293-2402
  • Casa Marina
    • 1500 Reynolds Avenue
    • 305-296-3535
  • Coconut Mallory Resort & Marina
    • 1445 South Roosevelt Boulevard
    • 305-292-0017
  • Conch Harbor Marina
    • 951 Caroline Street
    • 305-294-2933
  • Cow Key Marina
    • 5001 5th Avenue
    • 305-292-9111
  • Galleon Resort & Marina 
    • 619 Front Street
    • 305-292-1292
  • Garrison Bight Marina / City Marina
    • 711 Eisenhower Drive
    • 305-294-3093
  • Harbourside Motel & Marina
    • 903 Eisenhower Boulevard
    • 305-294-2780
  • Hurricane Hole Marina
    • 5130 US Highway 1
    • 305-294-0200
  • Key West Harbour Yacht Club
    • 6000 Peninsular Avenue
    • 305-292-3121
  • Key West Yacht Club Marina
    • 2315 North Roosevelt Boulevard
    • 305-296-3446
  • Murray Marina
    • 5710 US Highway 1
    • 305-296-0364
  • Oceanside Marina
    • 5950 Peninsula Avenue
    • 305-294-4676
  • Robbie’s Marine
    • 7281 Shrimp Road
    • 305-294-1124
  • Simonton Street Boat Ramp
    • North end of Simonton Street
  • Stock Island Village Marina
    • 7009 Shrimp Road
    • 305-294-2288
  • Sunset Marina
    • 5555 College Road
    • 305-296-7101
  • The Westin Resort & Marina
    • 245 Front Street
    • 305-294-7575

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. To see what is happening on Key West during your visit, check out our Key West Events Calendar to see other upcoming special events.

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