Pensacola is filled with the typical fast food spots like Whataburger, McDonald’s, Chick-fill-A restaurants and Burger Kings. There also appears to be a Waffle House on every corner. One can also find chain favorites like Denny’s and IHOP. Those will hit the spot. However, breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so sometimes it is nice to make it a bit more special.
Most people who come to Pensacola will visit Pensacola Beach. The sun, the inviting waters of the Gulf of Mexico, and the famous white sand beaches attracts a lot of people. It is important to fuel up with a hearty breakfast before spending a fun packed day on the beach. The Native Cafe located at 45A Via De Luna in Pensacola Beach, Florida is a great place to start your beach visit. When I visit a beach I Want to eat seafood and the Native Cafe has two breakfast menu items to satisfy my cravings. I could have Crab Cakes Benedict or I could have their Gulf Coast Seafood Omelet filled with fresh shrimp, scallops, crab meat and Mahi Mahi. They also have traditional benedicts and omelets along with a kid’s menu. You can learn more about the Native Cafe and browse the menu at their website.
Another Broken Egg
True, it is a chain. However, the restaurants offer menus which are different for each location allowing Another Broken Egg to add regional and local entrees. Conveniently located at 721 East Gregory Street close to downtown, Gulf Breeze, and on the way to the beach. They serve filling omelets, benedicts, skillets, waffles and pancakes. I tend to go for Stan #1 an omelet with crayfish, shrimp, mushrooms, ham and cheddar cheese. If you like an omelet a little more New Orleans style try The Mardi Gras. Peek at the menu here to find your own favorites.
The Village Inn
The Village Inn has a few locations in the Pensacola area. It is a chain but most locations are in the middle of the country and there are no locations in neighboring Alabama or Georgia. The local restaurant reminds me of a cross between IHOP and Perkins. Like IHOP they have some all you can eat pancake deals. They also have a bakery where you can bring home a delicious pie for the family to devour later. They offer omelets, skillets, benedicts, a kid’s menu and some Southwest breakfast items that spices up the menu. You can check out their menu here. A nice casual atmosphere that is a nice alternative to IHOP and much better than fast food.
Santa Rosa Restaurant
The Santa Rosa Restaurant in nearby Pace, Florida bills their establishment as country cooking and they deliver. It is a low frills type of place offering good food at an affordable price. They serve the type of food you would expect your Southern Grandmother to cook. My omelet had a home cooked look to it. The potatoes had a bigger cut to them. The ingredients were over stuffed. The food really satisfied. Delicious, simple, nothing fancy, make your tummy happy food is what they make. There is a difference between home cooked food and restaurant cooked food and you can taste it at the Santa Rosa Restaurant.
The Filling Station
The Filling Station is located in downtown Milton, Florida off of Highway 90. It is hard to miss the local restaurant as it is decorated with license plates. You will remember the menus as they are made from license plates as well. They serve southern, country style breakfasts as well. Eggs, omelets, all the sides including grits and cornbread. On Sundays they add special brunch items to their menus. You can even have a fillet of catfish with your breakfast! The Filling Station fills your tummy and fuels your body.
The Village Inn offers an alternative to IHOP and is even better with a bakery. Another Broken Egg is not another broken chain adding regional and local fare to the menus. The Filling Station, Santa Rosa Restaurant and Native Cafe offer distinct local choices for breakfast. Collectively they provide five breakfast choices that are better than the same old same old breakfast places.