The Flaming Buoy Filet Company Restaurant in Key West, FL

Stephen R Lang
The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. restaurant is a perfect hideaway spot in Key West. Tucked away on a side street away from the crowds on Duval and in a converted house, owners Scot and Fred have transformed this space into an airy, fun, and artsy restaurant with mouthwatering food and attentive service. All of this can be found in a quiet Key West neighborhood.

The Flaming Buoy (as the locals call it) is the ideal place to take someone who knows about food and you can feel comfortable with wearing sandals and drink a Banks Caribbean Lager. The ideal thing would be to start off with the Appetizer Trio that consists of sample portions of their Lobster Macaroni & Cheese, Grilled Marinated Key West Pink Shrimp with a spicy lime chutney, and a Tuna & Watermelon. These medium portions were the perfect size to not only share between two people but was also flavorful enough to give you a true feeling of what the full size would taste like. Had we not have had that then the Trio the Black Bean Soup would be next.

If you are looking for a light and healthy option, The Flaming Buoy offers several staple salads like the Caesar, Spinach, and an Iceberg Wedge as well as a Caprese all of which have the options of adding chicken, tofu, the Catch of the Day, as well as fresh Key West Pink Shrimp. Any of these would be paired perfectly with either a Alcance Sauvignon Blanc from Chile or a Candoni Organic Pinot Grigio from Italy.

One of the best things about the Flaming Buoy is that they are a neighborhood restaurant who supports the Key West economy by using localized ingredients. Their Fresh Catch consists of Key West Pink Shrimp and lobster as well as Yellowtail Snapper, Mahi Mahi, and Tuna. If you would like to stay on the lighter side of the menu the Bacon Wrapped Scallops is an excellent dish that features five large Sea Scallops perfectly nestled in bacon, seared, and served with maple syrup mashed sweet potatoes. Guaranteed you will be scraping the plate by the end of this dish and contemplating ordering another. If you are looking for something a little more filling to make it through a classic night out in Key West then the New York Strip Steak with Blue Cheese Butter will definitely fit that order. This juicy hunk of meat will arrive perfectly cooked with a chunk of Blue Cheese Butter that will gently melt into the ideal sauce for a mighty steak. Did I forget to mention that it comes with gigantic beer batter spicy onion rings? Try keeping them to yourself especially if you are dining with someone who loves them.

Nothing would top off this dining experience more so than the desert. Sure they have Chocolate Chocolate Chip Waffles, Banana Bread French Toast, and a Spicy Chocolate Quesadilla but the piece de resistance was, hands down, the best desert this reviewer has had in a long time: The Strawberry Beer Float. This will literally blow your mind. Simply put, in a large pilsner glass they fill it with a strawberry beer from Brussels, top off with vanilla ice cream, and then finish it with both chocolate and caramel sauce. YUM!!!!!

The next time you are down in Key West you need to go to The Flaming Buoy Filet Co not only for their laid back location, great and attentive service, but for their amazing and fresh food. Whether you are looking for surf or turf all of your expectations will be met. Located at the corner of Packer and Virginia, drop in, relax, and let them take care of you. That is the reason why you went to Key West in the first place—right?


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