Upper Matecumbe burrito eatery on a roll
October 10, 2018
ISLAMORADA — After establishing their Bad Boy Burrito brand in Key West, owners Chris Otten and Erin Kelly headed north to Islamorada to open the second Bad Boy four years ago.
“The pace of life is a little different here,” said Kelly, “and we love it.”
For newcomers to Bad Boy Burrito, Otten recommends trying the specialty Kobe ground beef burrito ($9), or the skirt steak burrito or local fish burrito (both $12).
“We only use fresh ingredients and high-quality products,” Otten said. “Our fish comes to us straight from the fish house. We call every day to find out what they have. Today we got some really nice yellowtail snapper.”
“I’ve always been into cooking with fresh ingredients,” Kelly said. “It just gives you the nicest flavor.”
Sauces range from the mild pico de gallo or tomatillo to the spicier pineapple habanero, made with fresh chili and grilled pineapple.
Guy Fieri of the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” praised the Kobe burrito on his visit to Bad Boy in Key West and was “equally impressed with the Cayo Hueso fish tacos,” the network says.
The three Cayo Hueso tacos ($16) include local fish, salsa verde, queso fresco, shaved cabbage, chopped onion, sour cream, raddish, jalapenos and cilantro.
Other taco plates feature organic eggs with salsa and cheese, or grilled shrimp and pineapple.
Kelly and Otten met at a Key West restaurant and turned it into a marriage. Kelly persuaded her husband into going into the burrito business.
“There wasn’t one so we found a little makeshift spot and went to work,” Otten said.
Currently, both Bad Boy Burritos work from order windows with patrons sitting outside. The Islamorada restaurant provides cool shade in a courtyard surrounded by lush foliage. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
However, changes are coming. By the winter season, Bad Boy Burrito in Village Square, 81868 Overseas Highway, aims to be serving indoors with evening hours.
“We’re expanding,” Otten said. “We have an opportunity here to have a dining room where people can sit down with a big plate of food.”
For a full menu, visit badboyburrito.com.