Last week, I spent a leisurely lunch hour on
outdoor terrace and had a chance to talk with David. From the splendid
simplicity of Sarabeth’s food to the cheery atmosphere, to
the friendly wait staff, it’s obvious that David loves what
he’s doing and where he is. David opened the restaurant last
July and when asked how the business weathered the record breaking
hurricane season, he replied, “People, local people, took care
of us and we don’t forget it.” In a summer of mandatory
tourist evacuations, the Key West locals were the first to fall in
love with Sarabeth’s. Eating at Sarabeth’s is like
a trip to the supermarket; you always run into someone you know.
I’ve had more breakfasts, lunches, and dinners at Sarabeth’s
than I can count. It’s a bit emabarrassing that my husband,
the Spaniard, has got the dinner menu practically memorized and brunch
(though nonexistent in Spain) has become his favorite Sunday ritual.
Some of Sarabeth’s must-haves include the following:
For breakfast start with the Four Flowers
Juice, a combination of orange pomegranate juices blended with
fresh pineapple and banana. Talk about refreshing! Try the Goldie
Lox, smoked salmon with scrambled eggs. Be sure to select the
pumpkin muffin with some of Sarabeth’s
marmalade. The chicken apple, sausage made locally by Louie Sabella,
can’t be beat.
There are so many wonderful items on the lunch
menu. A few of my favorites include Sara’s Velvety Cream
of Tomato Soup (a top placer in the Master Chef Classic), the
Open Faced Tuna Salad Sandwich, or the One Great Simple Burger.
For dinner try the calamari with an amazing
dipping sauce of chile, lime and coconut. The Spaniard's favorite
is the gazpacho. It’s
made from yellow tomatoes; and being that the Spaniard is a gazpacho
fanatic and very particular about what constitutes a good gazpacho,
I nearly fainted when he said he liked it.
And yes, Sarabeth is a real person (complete
with grandchildren) who is very hands-on. When David told her
that many people were asking for Key Lime Pie, Sarabeth worked
her magic and came up with a new twist on a classic: the Key Lime
Cream Pie. It’s fabulous.
Sarabeth’s is located on the corner
of Simonton and Southard Streets (530 Simonton Street) in a building
that used to be a synagogue. Breakfast, lunch and brunch are
served Wednesday through Monday from 8:00 am to 3:00 p.m. Dinner
is served Wednesday through Saturday beginning at 6:00 p.m. Sarabeth’s
is closed on Tuesday. Prices: from $5.50 to $8.50 (not including
sides); lunches from $5.75 to $14.00 and dinner entrees from
$15.00 to $19.00.