The Key West Blue Heaven breakfast is famous, as it should be – it’s spectacular.
At the intersection of Petronia and Thomas streets (729 Thomas St.) stands a 2 story white building, trimmed in orange with vibrant blue shutters like a Bohemian style island home.
Often you can hear the resident roosters crowing from halfway down the street signaling that you are getting close.
A casual atmosphere is obvious from the moment you walk in the gate. Funny signs are posted, mostly dirt floors, cats lounging on the porch and locals with their dogs in tow.
Although there is indoor dinning, if you can get outdoor seating it’ll just add that much more ambiance to your meal. I prefer the shady courtyard out back where roosters and hens roam freely around funky mismatched tables and odd art pieces.
Arriving for Breakfast
First things first, get your name on the list for a table and then find a spot around the bar.
The best time to arrive, is early. I’ve enjoyed breakfast at the Blue Heaven on many different days and arrived at various times and there’s always a wait.
Weekends are busiest with wait times well over an hour, especially if you arrive after 10am. Don’t be deterred, it’s worth it. Plus, people drop off the list who decide to head somewhere else, bringing your name closer to the top.
So, squeeze in at the bar for a Bloody Mary or Mimosa. I can’t imagine how much vodka and champagne flows from this bar each morning!
Depending on the size of the crowd, you might have a hard time getting noticed by the bartender. During festivals, when you’ll likely know several people, it’s easier to add your order to a friend’s order who happens to catch the bartender’s eye.
The drinks are strong, maybe to help ease the wait for a table?
No matter the reason, they are good and the atmosphere is quirky. Sit back and enjoy until you hear your name yelled out by the hostess.
Blue Heaven Breakfast Menu
The menu is extensive. Pancakes in various flavors, specialty omelets, breakfast sandwiches, shrimp & grits and different style egg benedicts.
I’ve seen people order a variety of breakfast meals off the menu, it looks good and people seem happy with their choices, but I wouldn’t know if it’s as good as it looks.
I only order one dish. Every. Single. Time. The Lobster Eggs Benedict.
Glance around and you’ll see it’s the most popular breakfast meal. I remember when it didn’t used to be listed on the menu, adding another piece of the charm by ordering the off menu “special.” However, last year, I noticed it’s included on the breakfast menu.
The hollandaise sauce is incredible and the Spiny Lobster has just a hint of sweet flavor. I typically add a side of breakfast potatoes, which is large enough to share among three people.
In the past, I’ve often added asparagus to my lobster egg benedicts, but the up-charge is a bit pricey and I’m just as happy without any add-ons to my lobster benedict.
If egg benedicts or hollandaise sauce aren’t your style, go for the lobster omelette. I had a bite of my friend’s omlette and it was excellent.
For those of you coming from the northern area of the country where lobster means a cold-water species, Spiny Lobster (often called Florida Lobster or Caribbean Lobster) are not as flavorful as their cold water cousin, but their added sweetness makes them yummy!
Blue Heaven Gift Shop
The typical wares are offered in the gift shop with a Blue Heaven spin.
Want to know what the best item is in the gift shop? Banana Bread.
We always buy a loaf of Banana Bread at the beginning of our Key West vacation and eat it for breakfast or a quick snack throughout the week. Make sure you buy it when you see it!
We have stopped in several times over the years to take a loaf back home to the mainland only to find they are sold out.
Hands down, best on the island.
Blue Heaven’s Lunch, Dinner & Dessert
I hear lunch and dinner are good. It’s been many years since I tried anything but breakfast here, so I don’t have any recommendations. But, I do eat lunch as often as I can at their sister restaurant. I truly believe it’s the best lunch spot in Key West. Affordable, plenty of parking and it’s on the beach!
For me, the Key Lime pie at the Blue Heaven is disappointing unless you love a super sweet pie and tons of meringue on top. There are plenty of other places in Key West where I think you can get a better Key Lime pie experience.
My recommendation is to stick with breakfast, it’s the real treat at the Blue Heaven.
Things to Know Before You Go to the Blue Heaven
Parking: None. Walk or ride your bike. The time spent circling the neighborhood looking for a non-residential parking spot, is time wasted when your name could have already been on the waiting list.
Costs: Expensive. Expect a breakfast meal to cost around $30 per person (excluding alcoholic beverages).
Best Time: Weekdays are much better averaging 15-30 minute wait time.
Music: Musicians are often playing on the little Blue Heaven stage. Enjoy the local live music scene.
Hours: Open from 8am -10:30pm, 7 days a week. Breakfast is served until 2pm! Once a year Blue Heaven is completely closed for an entire week. It’s usually around September or October (it seems to fluctuate). I only hope it isn’t the week you’re vacationing in Key West.
Address: 729 Thomas Street, Key West, FL 33040
Website: Blue Heaven in Key West
Fun Fact: Kenny Chesney’s video “The Good Stuff” was filmed here.
Enjoy the best breakfast in Key West at the Blue Heaven!
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