Breakfast and Brunch
Iguana Cafe (425 Greene St., 305/296-6420, open 24 hours daily, main courses from $4) overlooks Duval Street, serving everything from fried gator to conch burgers. The quite garden out back is a pleasant and quiet place to enjoy the traditional American breakfasts while sipping on a sweet and strong Cuban coffee. If you need some hair-of-the-dog to shake off last night’s revelry, the Iguana also has a full bar.
The tiny La Crêperie Café (5121/2 Duval St., 305/296-1071, 9 a.m.–10 p.m. Thurs.–Tues., 9 a.m.–6 p.m. Wed., main courses from $5) is across the street from the old Strand Theater, slotted between an art gallery and the gorgeous San Carlos Institute, so it might be easy to miss. But once you find it, the café’s selection of freshly-made crepes—both sweet and savory—along with one of their excellent espressos will make it hard to forget. Grab one of their sidewalk tables and watch the tourists stroll by.
Need a pick-me-up and a chance to catch up with the office? Sippin’ Internet Cafe (414 Eaton St., 305/293-0555, 7 a.m.–11 p.m. daily, main courses from $5) offers a pretty standard selection of espresso-based drinks, a menu of breakfast sandwiches and fresh-baked pastries, as well as wireless access to a T1 Internet line, a copy machine, and even photo-printing services.
Sunday brunch at La Te Da (1125 Duval St., 305/296-6706, 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m. and 6–11 p.m. daily, main courses from $8, Sun. brunch $29.50) is a pretty decadent affair as diners feast from a large buffet of omelets, seafood, steak, fruits, cheeses, pastries, and more. At $29.50 it’s pricey but well worth it. The restaurant also offers a daily breakfast menu with all the expected standards at considerably lower prices. The restaurant, like its hotel, is a bit more elegant than many Key West establishments, and it is gay-friendly; unlike the hotel, however, the restaurant doesn’t enforce an adults-only rule.
© Jason Ferguson from Moon Florida, 1st Edition