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

Cinco de Mayo Key West

Smoked Paprika Citrus Gulf Shrimp from Death by Tako

Smoked Paprika Citrus Gulf Shrimp from Death by Tako

Today is Cinco de Mayo! I love this holiday as it is an excuse to eat Mexican cuisine, a favorite of mine. (Just ask Jeff and Debbie from Chico’s Cantina; I am there way too often!) If you find yourself in Key West today, celebrate the day with some delicious Mexican food!

And while I am going to stay out of the heated debate as to where to get the best margarita on the island (you can get a margarita at just about any bar), here are some places to get your Mexican food on!

And at the end of the day, you can join the Cinco de Mayo party at the Schooner Wharf 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

 

 

Death by Tako | Review

Smoked Paprika Citrus Gulf Shrimp

Smoked Paprika Citrus Gulf Shrimp tacos

After a long bike ride all around Key West on Sunday my friend Pam was starving. “Let’s get a taco.” I am always up for food so we headed in to Death by Tako which is located at 1605 N Roosevelt. Blvd. and shares a space with Mellow Adventures.

There are a few tables inside along with a bar where you can get fresh juice or a craft beer. We sat down at a table and a waitress came over to ask if we wanted a drink. Yes! Ice water, and natural cherry cream soda. She asked if we would like some chips to start and we said okay, figuring she would bring over a basket of chips, but instead she dropped a small bag of Pita chips on our table. Pam and I just looked at each other and laughed but we were looking forward to our tacos.

Since each plate comes with two tacos, we decided to get two different options and share. We ordered the Old School key lime marinated mahi mahi with avocado, tomato, and sesame slaw as well as the smoked paprika citrus gulf shrimp with roasted poblano sweet corn and cilantro chimichurri. I loved being able to watch Chef Andrew Nguyen, formerly of Square One, prepare the tacos from our seats. When the food was brought over to us it looks and smelled divine.

"Old School" Key lime marinated mahi mahi tacos

“Old School” Key Lime Marinated Mahi Mahi tacos

I bit into the shrimp taco first and it was love at first bite. The shrimp were delicately cooked and melded perfectly with the fresh ingredients like the crispy corn that were part of the taco. This taco needed nothing in terms of extras to turn up the flavor. 

The mahi mahi taco was overflowing with fish. The slaw was fresh and delicious and the fresh jalapeño pepper slices on the side were perfect for adding a bit of zing to the dish, which I then had to follow up with a bit of sour cream to lessen the heat.

If you are looking for some original tacos with the freshest ingredients, definitely give Death by Tako a try. They even deliver! And every other Saturday at 7pm the chef holds an underground social with a seasonal tasting menu and wine pairing. Reservations for this event are required. Death by Tako is currently open from 11am to 7pm Wednesday through Sunday.

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

Amigo’s Tortilla Bar | Review

Amigo’s Tortilla Bar is a fairly new restaurant located on Green Street, directly across the street from Captain Tony’s Saloon. I LOVE Mexican food so I was really excited to try this place. Amigo’s has a great location, a nice website, and a neat menu. The place is very small and seating is mostly bar style which is fine. You are not coming here for a fancy meal. We took up a few bar stools looking out at Captain Tony’s so we had a great view. The waitress came over and was friendly enough. She took our drink orders, and since I ordered the sangria she carded me. She then brought out water for us all and Cokes for those who ordered them. I asked her about the sangria then and she said it was coming. I never saw it so I cannot attest to the taste. But the Coke’s were good.

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