The Flaming Buoy

IMG_0108I will start  by saying that I really like this place. The Flaming Buoy Filet Co. is located at 1100 Packer Street, at the corner of Virginia. This is the former digs of Ambrosia, and some other places in between. Although only open since mid-November 2009, The Flaming Buoy (next time I go I will try to find out how they got their name) definitely has a good thing going.

The menu, though short, is thoughtful and well done. Their entrees are unique, and they will do just about any protein with any preparation, including tofu. The wine list, although not necessarily what I would choose  (but none really are) is well thought out. Almost all wines are available by the glass or bottle and prices range from $28-49 per bottle, with one or two choices at about $100. They also allow corkage for $15.

The tropical curry grouper served over brown rice was terrific. The sauce is a little spicy and has flavors of banana and pineapple. I also had the grouper special which was pan seared and topped with a fresh banana salsa. Maybe they have a banana tree out back, hence the use of so many of the fruit. Whatever it is, works. The banana salsa (I admit, I was a little hesitant) was outstanding. Delicious. Full of flavor. The dish was also served with corn on the cob and mashed potatoes, both very good.

I highly recommend a visit to The Flaming Buoy. It is a warm neighborhood restaurant. Make a reservation, as the place is small. I would also like to thank the people who rudely made a reservation and then did not keep it, thus allowing us to have a table that evening.