Blue Heaven - Key West, FL
There are things you need to know before you head to Key West. One is that there are chickens and roosters everywhere. I mean it. The Post Office has a rooster, harem, and chicks residing in the front yard. Second, breakfast is serious business on this island. One place to put these two cultural phenomenon together is Blue Heaven.
Plan on an early morning wait when you walk into Blue Heaven's back yard outdoor dining room. It's popular with locals and tourists alike. Thank goodness there is coffee, tea, and after 12 on Sundays, drinks available at the bar. Grab a bar stool or table and read the paper while passing the time.
When you walk to your table, don't trip. The chickens are underfoot. I chose not to feed my feathered dining buddies, but other people do. Just sit, relax, and prepare yourself for feeding. It's going to be good.
For those of you that can do gluten, you have a choice of amazing whole grain bread or banana bread. Both are made on premises. I was sooo jealous. Ok, I was jealous for just a little bit. When I got my BLT benedict, which is a house specialty, I about died. Bacon, lobster and tomato, topped with poached eggs, and then topped with freshly made lime hollandaise sauce. I think they may have their resident chickens laying eggs... the bright yellow yolks looked farm-fresh. Of course, I 86'd the english muffin, but normally it would have it. I also got the sauce on the side just to make sure it was safe. I took one little taste and said forget safety. I was told this sauce was gluten-free and it was too good to pass up!
My friends had omelets. They are a substantial portion. Get one to split, especially if you can eat the bread, and maybe add more fruit or a side of potatoes. Breakfast does not get much better than this.
Go to Blue Heaven and prepare to be charmed, prepare to leave full, but also, prepare to take your time. The service is excellent. I was told that the restaurant takes extra good care of their staff so they tend to have some of the best on the island. Still, you are on island time. The restaurant is on island time. Enjoy the slow, easy pace. Besides, rushing is so back home... take it easy and enjoy the day by starting it at Blue Heaven.