It’s downright bad in all the right ways. Stop by Bad Boy Burrito, located toward the back of Village Square at The Trading Post, for some Mexican fare that’ll leave you coming back for more.

Run by Erin Kelly and Chris Otten, Bad Boy Burrito in Islamorada is going into its fifth year. With a start in Key West, and going 15 years strong there, Kelly said she grabbed Otten, a Nine One Five chef for many years, with the idea.

“We were coming up to get away, and just the change of pace is a little different and little more what we like to call ‘Up to the country,’” Kelly said. “We had a friend and Chris had family up here, so we went and had the kitchen put in at Village Square. It took us two years to get open. It’s been wonderful.”

A must-stop for breakfast, lunch and dinner, patrons will find all sorts of burritos, taco plates and salads to choose from. Go ahead and start out with some chips and creamy guacamole that comes in a small and a large size. Or, order it with your meal.

The burritos are packed and come in a 12-inch flour tortilla with rice, beans, cheddar cheese, sour cream, shaved cabbage and cilantro. Choose one of several burrito options including oven roasted chicken, ground Kobe beef, Key West pink shrimp and grilled organic tofu. With extra toppings and sauce choices, enjoy some Mexican goodness while dining in the tranquil atmosphere.

As for taco plates, there are eight options to choose from, such as the Cayo Hueso tacos. Made with grilled local fish, it comes with salsa verde, queso fresco, shaved cabbage, chopped onion, sour cream, sliced radish, jalapenos and cilantro. Or go for the chicken chipotle made with roasted chicken, smoked red chili sauce, cheddar cheese, shaved cabbage, sour cream, jalapenos and cilantro. Enjoy it with a fresh jar of ice-cold limeade.

If you’re craving a burger, you’re coming to the right place. It may be the only one on the menu, but the Bad Boy burger is a hunger satisfier, made with ground American Kobe beef, cheddar cheese, chipotle mayo, and topped with avocado and jalapenos. It’s served with crispy, hand-cut fries. Enjoy it with an ice cold, glass bottle of Coca Cola.

Also on the menu are Key West pink shrimp salad, grilled fish salad, Caesar salad and the Power Crunch salad that’s made with chopped romaine, shaved veggies, avocado, pico de gallo, radish, house vinaigrette and your choice of chicken, shrimp or steak.

“We offer quality, fresh, natural food,” Kelly said. “We do organic juices and we offer a fresher approach than other restaurants.”

In Islamorada, pull into the driveway just north of The Trading Post and head back to this hidden treasure. Kelly said the hope is to add indoor seating, extend hours and run dinner specials with beer and wine.


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