Friday, April 13, 2012

Breakfast On Caroline

Caroline Street, the seven hundred block, in the morning, looking North.


And there it is on the right side looking pink as it has for as long as I can remember, Harpoon Harry's, offering breakfast lunch and dinner. I used to eat here quite frequently when I came ashore from my home anchored the harbor.


Since I started working nights a good few years ago breakfast became a noon time meal, at home, after I got up. So it was a rare treat to be in town around breakfast time, hungry and ready to scarf a jalapeƱo and cream cheese omelette. The spooky thing was Ron, the owner, remembered me from my past life. Restaurateurs really are a different breed of social animal, they forget no one.


Ron has been meeting and greeting customers, clearing tables and backing up his loyal staff for years. He still does it with every appearance of enthusiasm. I ducked my head and read the review of the Triumph Explorer in the latest Cycle World.


Outside those poor sods who took their dogs to breakfast (I was riding the Bonneville) sat on the convenient sidewalk which I suppose keeps the place dog friendly.


For those that prefer a different style of breakfast there is Pepe's Cafe down the street, the place that is always at the top of every visitor list of places to eat.


They have a shady leafy terrace to keep diners cheerful and waitresses with particular headgear.


Some people prefer to eat breakfast on the go and they might stop by the Cuban Coffee Queen hut which has almost no accommodation, forcing customers to sit elsewhere. The black banded coffee cups are distinctive, and the hut sells excellent food.


Further up Caroline is the more formal Coffee Plantation, with all the coffees, newspapers and comfortable seating.


It struck me there were quite a few breakfast options in such a small section of one single street in Key West.





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5 comments:

Anonymous said...

I visited Key West from Buffalo NY in February. My beer of choice is Labatts Blue which is difficult to find in the Keys. I contacted Ron from Harpoon Harrys and he had a cold case waiting for me when I arrived. Never did get the chance to meet him but had breakfast and lunch there during our stay. Thanks for keeping me in touch with my favorite place Key West

Conchscooter said...

Ron Heck is an astonishing man. He never flags. I was not happy with the arrival of TV and booze in the diner but it works. As usual I get it wrong!

Lou said...

I have been on a Harpoon Harry's kick for the past 6 weeks or so -- once or twice a week. I LOVE the Harry Special and am addicted to the home fries. I keep thinking I'll order the grits for a change, but just can't stay away from those potatoes...
Love how friendly and welcoming everyone is there too!

Garythetourist said...

Thanks for the shots of Pepe's. Your photos put me in mind of their delicious potato pancakes and I remember some strange guy with a camera that I met there once. :)

Conchscooter said...

Indeed I had the same thought.