Keke’s Breakfast Cafe

I have found another one of Orlando’s hidden gems!

 

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After my 9.0 mile long run, I was HUNGRY! Mark picked me up to take me to breakfast.

 

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I had never been to Keke’s Breakfast Cafe, but have driven past it a bunch of times on the way to and from work. Apparently it’s a pretty popular place to eat, because we had to wait 20 minutes for a table. Luckily, the weather was nice enough to sit outside on the patio while we waited.

 

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The breakfast menu mostly consisted of waffles, pancakes, and omelets. The restaurant only serves from 7:00am-2:30pm, so breakfast is served “all day.” Perfect for me! I was craving carbs after my long run, and my mouth was watering at all the descriptions of the various waffles.

 

I decided on the apple-cinnamon waffle after much deliberation.

 

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The warm cinnamon apples reminded me of fall! My mom makes the best apple crisp at thanksgiving, and this made me crave FALL!

 

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YUM!

 

The waffle came with a leaning tower of real whipped cream. I used about 1/3 of it, because it was just so darn good.

 

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Plus a tiny bit of maple syrup on the other half.

 

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Even with my raging appetite, I couldn’t manage the entire waffle. It was so filling!

 

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Mark also thoroughly enjoyed his bacon, tomato, and cheddar omelet.

 

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I’ll definitely be going back to Keke’s! The service was fast and friendly, and the food was delicious.

 

The rest of the morning was spent walking off my sugary breakfast through Winter Park.

 

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I was so full from breakfast, I couldn’t even fit any fresh samples from the farmer’s market in my stomach! That waffle was so good, it was worth it.

 

Which do you prefer: Pancakes or Waffles?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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The Drunken Monkey

I have never really considered Orlando to be a unique city. Besides the fact that we are the home of the Mouse (Disney), most of our restaurants and stores are big chains. It’s always a treat to find a smaller, privately-owned variety.

 

My friend Taylor and I are big fans of non-chain restaurants. Ever since our San Diego, CA spring break trip three years ago, we have made a commitment to seek out local business in Orlando. San Diego seemed to be covered with non-chains and we kept wishing that Orlando was like that! Turns out, you just have to know where to look!

 

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I often find myself going too long without seeing my friends. Blame it on my crazy work schedule (I have several part time jobs), but that really isn’t an excuse! I asked Taylor if she would meet me for a late brunch this morning before work, and she suggested the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar. I hadn’t ever been, and it was a treat!

 

 

The inside of the restaurant had a very chill atmosphere. There were couches for reading, and even a shelf of board games to play while you enjoyed your coffee.

 

Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar on North Bumby Avenue in Orlando.

(Source: Orlando Sentinel)

 

It seemed like a pretty friendly place. The owners added a bit of their sense of humor to the tip jar. 🙂

 

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I had heard great things about Drunken Monkey’s coffee, and knew that I had to give it a try.

 

After looking over the extensive coffee menu, and flavors list…

 

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…I selected a nonfat iced chocolate chip cookie latte.

 

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While it was very delicious, I thought it had more of a nutty flavor than a cookie. Yum!!

 

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For my meal I ordered the OMG! Iran outta names!

 

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It was a breakfast burrito stuffed with potatoes, spinach, red pepper, eggs, and cheese.

 

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I ate every last bite! I would definitely order this again. :)      

 

Does your city have more chain restaurants or unique, privately owned?

 

❤ MegaNerd