Banana Cafe (Key West, FL)
Once we had firmed up our travel plans for Key West, Edie sent a message to her high school friend Rachael, a frequent visitor to Key West, to get the scoop on places to visit and restaurants to try. She gave us tons of fabulous suggestions (too bad we were only there for 3 days!), including a neat breakfast spot called Banana Cafe.
Banana Cafe is located close to the Southern end of Duval Street, the opposite end from Mallory Square. This means that (despite being a mere 3 blocks from the Southermost Point marker) the area around the cafe is a bit quieter and has much easier to nab parking. Banana Cafe serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and has a French flair – which means crepes!
Edie went with the Sausage Omelette, a three egg omelette with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese and sausage. All omelettes are served with 2 slices of your choice of white, wheat or rye toast and a small fruit garnish.
The omelette was large and filled with plenty of gooey, melted cheese and melt-in-your-mouth, sweet onions. The sausage was flavorful without being too spicy hot to overwhelm the dish, but instead of being chopped up and distributed throughout the omelette, the 2 links were left whole and just wrapped inside. The rye toast was well toasted without being burned and served with plenty of butter and jams.
Scott opted for the Ham Omelette, another three egg omelette with caramelized onions and Swiss cheese but with ham (duh!) instead of sausage. Again, it was served with 2 slices of your choice of white, wheat or rye toast and a small fruit garnish.
The ham, like the sausage, wasn’t diced up and distributed throughout, but was a slice of ham rolled up inside the omelette. Also, it was a sweet ham instead of salty like we were expecting.
Banana, Sugar & Rum Crepe
The breakfast/brunch menu at Banana Cafe was a pretty big selection of both sweet and savory crepes. Since we felt that we HAD to test out the crepes, we decided to go with a sweet option to balance out the meat & eggs (or maybe that was just to appease Edie’s sweet tooth…whatever).
Since we love bananas, we opted for the sweet crepe with banana, sugar & rum – “the best one” according to our server.
WOW! The crepe was light and stuffed with soft, caramelized bananas in a sugary rum glaze. More bananas were placed on top of the crepe along with a light dusting of powdered sugar. The flavor was incredible!
Our server, Dean, was efficient and friendly without being too chatty. He made sure we had everything we needed and kept our coffee cups filled – our favorite trait in a server at breakfast!
Our total bill, including tip, was $38.00, but when you consider that (a) we’re in Key West, (b) we ate the equivalent (yet again…) of 3 breakfasts and (c) that includes bottomless coffee that was really good, this place is a pretty good deal and cheap eat in this city. Two people could easily eat for under $30 if they weren’t such little piggies like us.
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
Woohoo! I got to eat with Mommy and Scott again! The conditions were a little cramped since they shoved me underneath the table after I growled at a few people initially (I was hungry!), but at least I got to be a part of the meal.
The one good thing about sitting under the table is that I can put my face right on Mommy’s knee to remind her I’m there and need food. She responded well and gave me bites of egg, toast, sausage and even some of the yummy crepe!