The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. - Key West, FL
The longer I spend in Key West, the more I like the little neighborhood gems that dot Old Town. The Flaming Buoy Filet Co., formerly the Good Life, is one of those lovely local spots. My friends have been going here for a while. There are some noted changes with the name change, but they say the food is just as good. Since this was my first time at the Flaming Buoy, I'm just going to have to believe them. Still, I believe the name change to be brilliantly funny. Don't let it throw you! The restaurant is housed in a cute clapboard building with a lovely wrap around porch and serves up good food with just a touch of camp.
Ok, on to drinks. We got a great recommendation from Scot, the owner, waiter, and host extraordinaire: Argentinean Bodega Colome Torrontes. I LOVED this white wine. Hopefully I can get it at home, if I ever go home. It reminds me of a Viognier, both floral and citrusy. What a great start. Scott was there by himself... expect service to be slow not in an island way, more in the "he's busy" way. Have patience and sip your wonderful wine.
For apps there was black bean soup, which was excellent.
Entrees included the fresh catch with lime butter sauce. The fish was well cooked and the butter wasn't over powering. It was served with a whole ear of corn which can be difficult to eat, while the mashed potatoes were a bit dry. This seems to be a theme of mine lately. I think chefs must be pre-making them and forgetting to add cream throughout the night to freshen them up. Since I don't work in a restaurant, this is purely a guess. Scot, if this is the deal, please add some cream to these spuds and they will rock!
My friend had the lobster mac and cheese. It was one of the few times I was sad to be gluten free. It looked scrumptiously creamy and chock full of tender lobster meat. If you can, get this. It is a side, but hearty enough that if you get a soup or salad, you won't need much more.
For dessert, the chocolate quesadilla is spicy and luscious thanks to chili and cumin. The grilled fruit over ice cream, which was the only gluten free option, was really lovely. This dish, as well as the campy graphics, made me feel like I was in Tahiti instead of Florida. How 1950's exotic!!!
Other reviews say the Flaming Buoy, is a restaurant for locals, and tourists won't find it. I hope so... except save a table for me! I hope to come back soon.