Breakfast is simple and classic but done right. Omelets are the star on Sarabeth’s breakfast menu. The Key West pink shrimp and bacon omelet is stuffed with fresh shrimp, crispy bacon and smoky mozzarella. The farmer’s omelet is a favorite — sautéed leeks, ham, potato and gruyere cheese are deeply satisfying. Veggie lovers will adore both the fresh vegetable and ricotta omelet and the spinach and goat cheese omelet. Omelets come with your choice of toast or a homemade muffin. No matter what the flavor, go with the muffin. Nothing says love like homemade baked goods.
The cornmeal-crusted, sautéed shellfish cakes contain local Key West pink shrimp and local crabmeat combined with scallions and bell peppers, crusted with cornmeal and sautéed to a crunchy perfection. The poached wild salmon Cobb salad is a fresh twist on the American classic. Chilled poached salmon, sweet corn, cucumbers, wheat berries, crisp lettuce, hard-boiled egg and a tangy tomato-red onion relish are arranged in a colorful Rothkoesque pattern and served with a basil buttermilk dressing you’ll want to dip your fingers in after you’ve finished your salad.
Dinner at Sarabeth’s is consistently lovely. The fried goat cheese appetizer is without question the go-to starter. Soft on the inside, crunchy on the outside, and served with an arugula salad and chili-lime and coconut sauce, this goat cheese definitely has an unexpected tropical kick. Whole fried fish aren’t uncommon on Key West restaurant menus, but Sarabeth’s whole fried yellowtail is a standout. The fish is fried to a beautiful golden color and is moist and succulent. Sunday supper is famous at Sarabeth’s thanks to its old fashioned fried chicken. Three pieces of juicy fried chicken, silky mashed potatoes and cole slaw will make you feel like you’re in the Deep South (never mind the palm trees swaying in the breeze).
If you can bring yourself to exercise any restraint, dessert is a can’tmiss course at Sarabeth’s. The strawberry shortcake, albeit unembellished, is scrumptious nevertheless. The key lime pie is a beautiful confection, with almost a cheesecake-like texture, perched atop a graham cracker crust. The bread pudding will leave you stuffed and smiling. If you must, order one dessert to share, but you must order at least one. Sarabeth’s is closed on Mondays, but serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday. ¦
Sarabeth’s 530 Simonton St. 305- 293- 8181 www.sarabethskeywest.com