Rob and I have always been big fans of weekend breakfasts at small local diners. You know, the kinds of places you go where the waitress greets you, grabs her pencil from behind her ear, looks you in the eye and says, “So what’ll it be today, Hon?” We love places where the regulars sit at the counter and the coffee appears with a welcoming “Hiya Joe.”
You know what I’m talking about don’t you?
The best restaurants have little league team photos proudly hung on the wall. There’s a always little jar on the counter that says, “Drop in your business card for our monthly drawing.” Those are the best places.
Well, the popular locally-owned Berry Fresh Cafe, on Saint Lucie West Blvd in Port Saint Lucie is ‘One Of Those Places’ with a nice twist. Looking at the menu, it’s clear that the chef cares about using the very best local ingredients he can find. The breakfast menu is extensive, offering creative dishes that fall into 2 categories:
Ingredients go far beyond the bland eggs/potatoes or pancake offerings at typical American diners. How about some lemon ricotta pancakes or Blueberry Bananas Foster French Toast? Or their Garden Fresh Omelette with fresh spinach, onions, mushrooms, peppers and Boursin cheese. They make their own hashes from scratch and their offerings go far beyond the typical corned beef variety. Try Mexicali Hash, with chorizo sausage and jalapeños among its ingredients. Take a look at their menu of awesomeness–it’s guaranteed to make you hungry!
A banner proudly proclaims that they are a proud sponsor of the St. Lucie Mets, our local big league team. There’s a spring training game at Mets Stadium on Monday and the room is filled with Mets fans. The stadium is a mile away and even the wait staff wear Mets blue shirts.
When we sat down today, Rob decided to order the Whole Wheat Power Pancakes. They were loaded with fresh fruit and so good that he started eating before I could stop him to take the photo below.
I ordered the Acapulco toast, with fresh avocado, poached eggs and fruit. The avocado is spread on a thick slice of hearty multigrain bread, so I walked out sated and smug that I hadn’t caved to one of their ‘Decadent-Decadent’ breakfasts (Blueberry-Banana French Toast…) when I ordered. The fruit was fresh and the avocado was simply seasoned with lemon, olive oil, salt and pepper. It was delicious.
The Berry Fresh Cafe is a busy place on the weekend, especially during ‘high season’ in Florida, so if you plan to come on a weekend, prepare yourself for a short wait. There are two other locations in Jupiter and Stuart as well.
If you like a good breakfast, you’ll find something you like at Berry Fresh Cafe.