Yup—I said Fruitville as in downtown. We watched the work being done and still hesitated. How could this cute little redo that looks as though it came right out of Ogunquit, Maine, stack up to a Sarasota breakfast crowd? Quite well, I shall say. The inside is adorable, each table decorated by unique colors and salt and pepper shakers, with a kitschy feel all around.
The cute interior gives the Breakfast House a welcoming feel.
The perfect home fries are reason enough to try this little nest egg. Hollandaise sauce on the eggs Benedict was homemade and delicious and a nice change from some other breakfast stops that try and sneak in the Knorr Swiss “fake” sauce. The poached eggs were clearly overdone, but forgiven—I will make sure to order them loose next time just in case. Their house specialty, Island Style Pancakes, were a home run, and all pancakes come with real Vermont maple syrup. (They do keep a backup bottle of the fake stuff for kids who crave corn syrup). The Island Pancakes, surprisingly not overly sweet, bloom into a creative and pleasing flower of grilled pineapple, shredded coconut and macadamia nuts that is decidedly light and fluffy and a good call to start the weekend before heading over to the farmer’s market on Saturdays.
Those Island Pancakes.
Look for a new garden coming for an alfresco experience. I haven’t tried lunch yet but will give you the scoop as soon as I do. Service is a little scattered but forgivable for now, and the biscuits…well, fluffy and divine.
Before you head home, stop by Fruitville and Beneva for cupcakes at Cakes by Ron–wonderful flavors like Bostom cream pie, red velvet and carrot cake.