Thursday, March 19, 2009

Blue Heaven

Blue Heaven
729 Thomas St
Key West/FL

Awesome bloody maries, delicious breakfasts, great atmosphere; the settings required for a top tier brunch. Blue Heaven in Key West, FL has all three. We were very fortunate to be introduced to Blue Heaven several years ago by HG contributor Uncle B. He told us about a magical brunch spot where chickens ran freely throughout the restaurant. He began to tell us about the food when I put my index finger to his lips and said, "Enough. You had me at chickens."

The restaurant itself is really unique. Huge outdoor dining room lined with tons of tropical plants. A bar sits in the middle of the restaurant with a stage behind it where you can hear all your favorite hippie jams live. On the other side of the bar is an outdoor ping pong table so you can take care of your daily exercise while drinking alcohol and waiting for your table. Roosters, chickens, and cats run freely around the place; they even have a rooster cemetery for all their fallen pals.

The few times I've been to Blue Heaven there's been a pretty long wait for a table. No problem because the bloody maries are as good as I've ever had. Just the right amount of vodka and spiciness to wake you up while you stare at chickens or dominate the ping pong table.

On my most recent visit to Blue Heaven I had to order the special: Surf and Turf Eggs Benedict. We're talking about lobster and beef tenderloin on an english muffin with a poached egg and their house special key lime hollandaise. This thing is so delicious. The steak was tender and flavorful while the lobster was more succulent than I ever imagined. I'm not even a big fan of hollandaise or benedicts but the key lime hollandaise is really something else. I've heard from others that the pancakes at this place are great as well. They also feature a shrimp and pepper jack cheese omelette as well that sounds amazing but sadly, I can only grub so hard.

All together this place makes for a very satisfying and unique grubbin experience. You probably don't need to hear if from HG because this place seems to be the most popular restaurant in Key West. For good reason because as you learned in school, a hard grubbin breakfast is the most important meal of the day.


  1. i've often wished there were more animals aimlessly hanging out in restaurants.

  2. That action photo of the chicken is worth a thousand words.

  3. As someone slightly obsessed with all things Benedict, I must say that breakfast looks delicious. Not completely sold on the concept of key lime hollandaise, but I'll trust your hard grubbin sensibilities. I was recently served a hollandaise that had been unacceptably spiked with dijon mustard, a ridiculous crime that ruined an otherwise perfect Benedict.