David Case wants his restaurant to be the
dining room for an entire neighborhood. And judging from the
friendly waves between tables and impromptu dinner parties that
erupt in the intimate courtyard of Sarabeth’s restaurant,
Case is getting exactly what he wants.
The restaurant just opened in July but has already become a comfortable
neighborhood fixture at the corner of Simonton and Southard streets.
“We don’t try to be what we’re not,” said
Case, happily meandering from table to table. “We do what
we do, and, I believe, we do it very well.”
Case has been doing what he does for more than 20 years. He opened
the Key West restaurant with long-time business partner Sarabeth
Levine, who owns award-winning restaurants in New York City.
“I found this spot in Key West, and had her check it out,” Case
said. “She loved the feeling of this corner, and loved that
the property was once a synagogue as well as a wellness center.”
The 19 th century yellow and teal building stands sentinel on
the busy corner as it has for more than century. Despite its imposing
silhouette, the property is as warm and inviting as its host.
“This is a neighborhood restaurant,” Case said. “It’s
accessible and uncomplicated.”
The menu features updated classic American
cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. And in classic Key West
style, Case realizes that breakfast doesn’t always have
to end at 11 a.m. His lunch menu also includes some favorite
breakfast items, including the popular Goldilox scrambled eggs
with silky chunks of cream cheese and salmon.
No lunch may begin without a bowl of Sarabeth’s velvety
cream of tomato soup that pairs beautifully with the restaurant’s
updated take on a grilled cheese sandwich.
“We have a grilled sandwich of smoked mozzarella, avocado
and tomato,” Case said. “We serve classic things people
And the impeccable service does not end when
the sun goes down. Nighttime at Sarabeth’s means elegant
lighting, a simple but satisfying wine list and entrees that
The chicken pot pie is a favorite, along with the baked meatloaf
and a simple grilled fish.
In keeping with his “accessibility” priority,
Case has kept everything, including dinner entrees and sinful
desserts, under $20.
The restaurant serves breakfast and lunch Wednesday through Monday
from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dinner is served Wednesday through Sunday
starting at 6 p.m.
Sarabeth’s is located at 530 Simonton
St., and can be reached at 293-8181.