There’s no better way to ease into a day on the island than brunch. A late morning meal with eggs benedict and an adult beverage ensures your pace is on par with the rest of Key West – easygoing and relaxed.
Enjoy brunch at these 5 fabulous restaurants.
Arrive early to get a spot on the upstairs porch of this southern restaurant in Old Town. For heavy southern favorites served in generous portions from mini iron skillets, this is the place. The biscuits and gravy are delicious. Save room for the Key Lime cake, which is a pleasant, fluffy dessert that’s the perfect end to any meal. Brunch served 10-3 pm daily.
223 Simonton St.
Looking for brunch without the frills? Try Key West’s “Eldest Eating House” on Carolina Street, which is so laid-back that brunch is just called breakfast served ‘til noon. This humble establishment near Mallory Square draws lines for its fresh-squeezed mimosas and screwdrivers and straightforward breakfast fare, which never misses the mark. For brunch in a truly old Key West spot, have breakfast at Pepe’s. Open daily, breakfast served 7:30 to noon.
806 Caroline St.
Brunch is served daily from 9 to 4pm at this cozy restaurant on Duval Street. Brunch at Bagatelle includes all the brunch favorites and then some, such as small seafood plates and tacos. The restaurant is set in a gorgeous house from the 1880s with a wraparound porch to boot. Excellent food and views of Duval Street.
115 Duval St.
This outdoor spot in Key West is such an island staple of brunch that we couldn’t leave it off the list. Blue Heaven’s eggs benedict made with locally-caught protein mixed with their laid-back patio and free roaming chickens and cats makes for an agreeable morning. Enjoy Sunday Brunch “breakfast with the roosters” from 8 am to 2 pm. Arrive early – this Bahama Village restaurant is very popular and busy for weekend brunch.
729 Thomas St.
Set in a restored church of Southard and Simonton Streets, Sarabeth’s serves consistent, simple brunch fare Wednesdays through Saturdays from 11 to 2 pm. Choose pumpkin waffles off the sweet menu or opt for the savory green and white omelette (scallions and cream cheese). Select something off the champagne cocktail menu or try the beloved flower juice.
530 Simonton St.
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