June 2010

Locals Guide

New Eatery Is Creative Fun

Hot Dish


Heidi Garbo

New Eatery Is Creative Fun

For my inaugural review for the Locals Guide new Hot Dish feature, I wanted to discover a place that was either new, or had very little publicity and attempt to find out if that restaurant had any merit. As I live and work in the downtown area, I often pass the former home of Ambrosia Sushi restaurant.

This little building on the corner of Virginia and Packer has been home to a few establishments in the interim and is now the permanent home of The Flaming Buoy Filet Co.

Owners Scot Forste and Fred Isch have lived in Key West for more than 10 years, and only decided to take a plunge into the restaurant business after opting to leave their 9 to 5 jobs to wait tables at what used to be The Good Life. When time came for the doors to close at The Good Life they decided to open a restaurant of their own featuring home-cooked meals with a tropical, local flare as inspiration. They have done an excellent job providing a unique dining experience and it shows they take pride in fresh, healthy and local ingredients.

Case in point? The Tuna and Watermelon Ceviche and Lobster Mac and Cheese. The creamy macaroni was a perfect companion for the lobster chunks, while the sweet watermelon and pineapple was a wonderful counterpart to the citrus-infused tuna. I had a hard time deciding what I wanted to have for dinner, but luckily Scot was quick to offer his suggestions for both wine and entree. His favorite dish was the Tropical Curry with Bananas & Pineapple over Brown Rice. And, rightfully so, as it was absolutely delicious.

For dessert I tried two wildly unique dishes — Avocado Cheesecake and a Chocolate Quesadilla. The Avocado Cheesecake was indescribable. Suffice it to say that you will not be disappointed. The Chocolate Quesadilla was paired with a spicy chocolate sauce and the two were a perfect fit.

The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. has both indoor and outdoor seating area. The décor is a wonderful mix of chic, ’50sinspired, modern eccentricity with a nautical flare. Like most Key West restaurants, casual attire is appropriate. It is open for lunch and dinner from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 to 10 p.m. The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. is a perfect spot for a romanticor relaxed dinner without the kids. Price range is average for Key West with entrees averaging slightly more than $20 dollars a dish with generous portions, although there is no local discount. As the owners are always present on the dining room floor you can be sure that your service will be both attentive and friendly.


Flaming Buoy Filet is located at the corner
of Packer and Virginia streets in Key West