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Breakfast at Blueberry’s

Teddy at Blueberrys

TEDDY’s RATING: 

Had it not been for the fact that we couldn’t find Peace, Love and Little Donuts that morning, we probably wouldn’t have gone to Blueberry’s. But even though we didn’t get donuts that day, we had a nice breakfast here.

Pigs in a blanketThis restaurant kind of reminded me of Joey’s Pancakes in Maggie Valley, North Carolina. It’s not a chain restaurant and tries to come across as being “homey.” The breakfast was very good, but not as good as Joey’s. (If you read my post about Joey’s you’ll understand why.) At Joey’s you feel at home. You get your food quickly, but you’re never rushed and the wait staff is extremely friendly. I didn’t find that at Blueberry’s. The service was a bit slow and yet they tried to rush you out.

I had pigs in a blanket, three pancakes with sausages. The pancakes were light and the Pancakes with eggssausage not spicy. There is an extensive menu. In addition to several types of pancakes, they have crepes, waffles, Eggs Benedict, French toast, breakfast sandwiches, skillets and, of course, eggs any way you like them.

For lunch they have sandwiches, salads, chicken grillers, wraps, and burgers and Reubens. The dinner menu includes chicken pot pie, pot roast, meatloaf, pasta dishes, steak, ribs and some all-day breakfast items.

Their website boasts that they were voted “Best Breakfast” in 2012. But they don’t say by whom or where.

Blueberry’s is open 7 days a week, from 7am, but not for dinner on Sunday.

Dates of Visit:  January 2013

www.blueberrys-restaurant.com

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The Breakfast Club of Tuskawilla

Front sign

TEDDY’s RATING: 

Whenever I can, I like to promote small businesses. There used to be a small Greek restaurant that I frequented that closed earlier this year. A great disappointment. But recently, the location was reopened as a breakfast/lunch restaurant called The Breakfast Club of Tuskawilla. I was anxious to give it a try.

IMG_6451They have a pretty extensive menu which includes waffles, pancakes, crepes, omelets, sandwiches, salads, burgers, and melts. And they have several daily specials for under $5.00 each. I had the chicken pecan salad. It was piled high with chunks of white meat chicken, bacon, tomatoes, pecans, cheese and dressed with a warm honey Dijon dressing. It also includes avocado, but I’m not partial to that, so I asked that it be left out.

There were a couple of little snafus while we were there, (waffle maker broken, misprint on menu, server forgot to bring out silverware) but I chalk it up to the fact that they just recently opened. And I really can’t complain too much because the manager/owner, Raj Dua, a super friendly, understanding guy, a guy who knows how to keep his customers happy, was there to take care of everything. He sat down at our table and talked to us, asking how he couldInside improve his business. He even gave us a voucher for two free breakfasts. Thanks, Raj.

Raj owns four breakfast restaurants in the various suburbs of North Orlando. In addition to The Breakfast Club of Tuskawilla, there’s also one in Casselberry and Maitland. And he owns Country Kitchen in Longwood.

UPDATE: We had intended to give this restaurant three paws, but after a second visit, we had to cut it down to two. The daily special on my second visit was an open faced meatloaf sandwich with mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. I was aghast to see the plate come out literally enrobed in gravy. Enough gravy for several plates. And the potatoes were not real. They were made from freeze dried flakes. You can taste the difference. I was truly disappointed with this meal and unfortunately, I don’t plan to eat here again.

Dates of Visit:  December 2012

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Sanibel Island’s Over Easy Cafe

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When it comes to finding a good restaurant on Sanibel Island for breakfast or lunch, the choice is easy…the Over Easy Café. What may not be so easy is trying to decide what to have. They have a very extensive menu with lots of choices.

This award-winning, chicken-themed eatery offers six varieties of eggs benedict including the Reuben Benedict, Sanibel Shrimp Benedict and Nova Smoked Salmon Benedict. But if “Bennys” aren’t your thing, how about the Mellow Portobello Omelet, Crab and Asparagus Omelet, Stuffed French Toast, Oreo Pancakes, Strawberry Pancakes, Piggies in a Blanket or Sunrise Sliders. That’s just to name a few. Don’t forget the fresh squeezed orange juice. Every restaurant in Florida should have fresh squeezed orange juice! And I’ve read that the cinnamon rolls are fabulous. I’ll definitely have to try one next time. And yes, there will be a next time for sure!

If it’s lunch you’re after, try their wraps, salads, seafood, all kinds of sandwiches and burgers. I had a half tuna salad sandwich on toasted sourdough bread with a cup of Italian meatball soup. Super yummy!

Since I was there on a Friday during a somewhat low season, there was no wait, but hear it’s busy on weekends and during peak season. And if you have a well-behaved dog, you can eat on the pet-friendly patio.

This is the first restaurant I’ve ever been to that served drinks in insulated Tervis Tumblers, appropriately with chickens and roosters on them. (Come to find out, Tervis is a Florida company. Their headquarters is outside Venice, Florida.)

My very first impression of the Over Easy Cafe was a positive one. Our waitress was extremely friendly and accommodating. This was the first restaurant I went to on my most recent trip to Sanibel, so it was refreshing to have a great dining experience right off the bat.

So, whether you visit the Over Easy Café for breakfast, lunch or brunch, you’re sure to have a tasty meal.

Breakfast Hours: 7am to 3pm
Lunch Hours: 11am to 3pm

Dates of Visit:  October 2012

http://www.overeasycafesanibel.com/

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Joey’s Pancake House – The Best Smoky Mountain Breakfast

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Every time we are in the Asheville, North Carolina area, we make the Pancake Pilgrimage to downtown Maggie Valley and visit Joey’s Pancake House.  You may be thinking a pancake is a pancake, but you’d be wrong.  These pancakes are the best… well worth the drive from Asheville. 

Joey’s is a family style restaurant that has been serving breakfast in Western North Carolina since 1966. Joey and Brenda O’Keefe hadn’t planned on becoming restaurant owners, but after 45 years, their customers are sure glad they did.  Joey and Brenda worked closely together at the restaurant until Joey’s death in 2001.  Brenda thought about giving it up after that, but because her staff has become so much of a family to her, she decided to stick to it.  Joey’s likeness is still on the menus, website, t-shirts and coffee mugs. 

The menu consists of pancakes, of course, but not just plain pancakes.  They have blueberry, pecan, chocolate chip, peanut butter, banana, silver dollar, whole wheat with apples and more.  There’s also waffles, French toast, Eggs Benedict and sausage gravy with biscuits.  And to accompany, country ham, bacon, sausage, grits, hash brown casserole, fresh fruit, oatmeal, cereal, cooked to order eggs and omelets…my mouth is watering!!

And if you can’t stand to leave the great taste of Joey’s Pancakes behind, you can bring home one of their Smoky Mountain Pancake and Waffle mixes.

Don’t be surprised to see a line out the door.  On a busy day, Joey’s can serve up 800 customers.  But don’t worry, the wait is never that long, even during the peak autumn leaf changing season.  Service is fast, but it never seems like they’re rushing you out.  You can definitely sit, read your newspaper and enjoy your coffee and breakfast. 

Be sure to call ahead or check the website for their hours of operation.  Joey’s is open daily April through October, 7am to noon, closed on Thursdays; November through February, 7am to noon, on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday; Closed during March.

Dates of Visit:  Various visits from 2000 to present

http://joeyspancake.com

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