Bad Boy continues to please – Burrito shop in Key West is still a local favorite

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Kelly Jane shows off a typical Bad Boy Burrito to-go order. Since 2008, the small take-out, delivery joint has been ‘rollin’ phatties.’

Bad Boy Burrito has been a favorite of mine for years – so when I was asked to visit them I was raring to go!

The owners Chris and Erin opened Bad Boy Burrito in 2008, and have been consistently delivering the freshest, baddest, and hands-down best food in Key West. The organic ingredients and the friendly, efficient service make your experience at this café/taco/juice bar second to none.  This small eatery sits just off the beaten path on Simonton Street.  And because it’s no secret that they are the masters of “rolling phatties,” I recommend calling your order ahead for pick up, or opt for free delivery. (Plus the seating is really limited. Really, like four seats.)

The burritos are nothing less than fantastic.  The tutorials on the wall (and website) will help you execute your ideal order: First, choose a filling – you will be torn between the local fish of the day, kobe beef, wild mushrooms, or pork carnitas (to name a few options); next, pick one of their flavorful sauces – for a nice kick, I always choose the mango or pineapple habañero, but there some other great items like ancho chile red or verde; lastly, you have your pick of a list of organic toppings.  All burritos are served with rice and black beans, but you can go “naked” for the gluten-free option.

Can’t decide on a filling and want to go for a sample of each? Order the Taco Trio.  Guests will get a homemade shredded chicken, pork carnitas, and kobe beef taco, served on handmade corn tortillas each in their own sauce, topped with jalapeño, cilantro, radish, and served with rice, beans, and zesty pico de gallo.

If you’re a frequent visitor like me and always stick to the same “go-to” order (I am guilty of always ordering a fish burrito with mango habanero, avocado, cilantro, radish, and of course extra jalapeno – AKA the best burrito ever), then I challenge you to go back and try something different – you will be glad you did!  In addition to burritos, they offer other delicious menu items like Cayo Hueso Fish Tacos (recently featured on the “Food Network’s Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives”), Taco Trio, ceviche, and a delicious quesadilla.  Be sure to add one of their fresh juices, smoothies, or a favorite of mine — the Limeade — to your order.

If you are looking for a meal that goes above and beyond in terms of freshness and flavor, Bad Boy Burrito is the place for you.  Remember, seating is limited so call ahead, and be ready to have your taste buds blasted with some of the best flavor your have experienced.


Bad Boy Burrito

1220 ½ Simonton St.

Key West

Open Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


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Annie Briening moved to Key West 15 years ago from Philly and hasn’t looked back. She is a foodie at heart, always down to dive into a new dish with a great view… oh and don’t forget the wine! You can find her biking around town, on a boat, or hanging with her hubby and her sweet pup.