The secret is out! I love to eat! I love everything about food! I love to cook it, I love the smell of it, I love the sights and sounds of a bustling restaurant and I LOVE TO EAT IT!
I told you last week that we wished that we could have had our friends and family with us at every meal while we were in the keys. Harriette’s Restaurant at 95710 Overseas Hwy. Key Largo was no exception.
We stumbled on Harriette’s by chance. We went driving in search of Breakfast and something new to see. After 15 minutes of driving, the kids were getting hungry and I was starving. When Kahuna’s Chick saw the quaint teal and yellow diner on the other side of the road and said, “That place looks popular,” I nearly jumped the car through the ditch Dukes of Hazard style.
Parking was a bit of a challenge, but once we learned that it is “Front Yard” style parking, we were good. The only rules to parking at Harriette’s seem to be 1. Don’t block the driveway, 2. Don’t block anyone in.
Our stated 20-minute wait for a table of 4 turned into about 10 minutes and we were headed inside earlier than expected! You have to wait outside, as there is NO ROOM inside the restaurant!
Coffee, waters, OJ and Apple Juice were quickly brought to the table as we looked over the mile-long breakfast menu and drooled at the plates coming from the kitchen window. Twice we stopped the waitress and asked “What is THAT?” because everything looked so good!
I finally decided to order a Conch burger with eggs. Basically ground conch mixed with bread crumbs and spices then fried like a hamburger. This is about as good as breakfast gets.
One might be turned off by the square bricks of pre-fab hash-browns, in comparison to the hand made biscuits and muffins... but one might be wrong too. Everything on our table, from the french toast to the fresh baked biscuits and gravy to the traditional eggs and BACON and yes, even the pre-fab hash browns...everything was absolutely top-notch.
Harriette’s is not 5-star dining. It is not fancy. Harriette's IS pure Americana! A lasting icon from America's age of the motor car and road-side dining. It is just plain old good food at a reasonable price! We fed our party of 4 for less than the cost to feed one person at most of the places we ate.
We didn’t get to try everything that we wanted, so the next morning, we made the trip back up to Key Largo and ate there a second time! It’s just that good!
Harriette’s is the type of place that you would hope to have in your neighborhood where you could eat breakfast 2-3 times per week.
So, if you find yourself anywhere near Key Largo... like Miami... make the trip down for Breakfast at Harriette's. You will NOT be sorry!