A couple of months ago, I introduced the concept of having a portfolio of “go-to” spots for breakfast and lunch. You know, the kind of place where the menu is large, the food is consistently good, the service is fast and friendly, the prices are reasonable—the type of place that will never disappoint you or your guests. Today I’m adding The Oasis Café to my list.
We were introduced to the Oasis Café by friends who had it as one of their own go-to spots for breakfast. The Palermo family, current owner of The Oasis Café, is also the original owner of The Broken Egg on Siesta Key and The Serving Spoon on Osprey. All combined, the family has served breakfast and lunch to the Sarasota community for over 25 years! What is the secret to their success and longevity? Simply put: Create the type of place that makes you, the customer, feel welcome and right at home.
Offering an array of breakfast and lunch items, homemade pastries and daily specials listed on the blackboard, there is definitely something for everyone. In fact, making a selection at times can be difficult because everything is so good. Nonetheless, we chose the following:
- Blueberry and Lemon Scone: $2.00
Fresh and dry, not too sweet, subtle flavor.
The fruit was fresh and the granola was “the real deal.” Yummy.
Low Fat Yogurt Sundae: With house-made granola and fruit. $6.50
- Huevos Rancheros: Scrambled eggs with chorizo, onions, potatoes, black beans and cheddar, served in a flour tortilla shell. $10.00
A nice mix of flavors and texture, very filling.
- Mel’s Favorite: Spinach, mushrooms and feta cheese scrambled with two eggs. Served with fruit and toast. $8.95
A nice blend of mild flavors from the spinach and mushrooms and the creamy texture of the feta.
- Healthy Bear Creek Pancakes: Whole-grain pancakes with oats, cornmeal and spices. We added granola, banana, and blueberries. $7.00 plain, $8.50 with add-ins.
Hearty, seemingly healthy pancakes; so good it could be dessert!
- Breakfast Wrap: Scrambled eggs, veggies, black beans, roasted red pepper, hummus and cheddar served with fruit. $9.00
A great combination of flavors and textures; although billed as a special, it could be made to order any time.
The Oasis Café offers a range of soft drinks, coffee, and tea to accompany your meal. The service is fast, friendly, and efficient. We noticed the regulars being greeted by the wait staff, as were our friends, when we arrived. In fact, the waitress knew exactly what our friends wanted right down to their smallest substitutions—impressive!
As I mentioned earlier, everyone needs a “go-to” list, and we just added the Oasis Café on Osprey Avenue to our breakfast category. If you try it, I’m sure you will consider adding it to your list as well.
3542 South Osprey Avenue
Sarasota, FL 34239