Sure, sure, Siesta Key, Florida, is known for having one of the world’s nicest beaches, but it's also home to some of the world’s best breakfasts. The Broken Egg (140 Avenida Messina) came recommended to my breakfast-deprived boyfriend and me upon our arrival at our Sarasota hotel after taking one of those ridiculously early LGA to TPA flights.
“It’s where the locals go,” said the hotel manager (and sure enough the BE’s website plays “Where Everybody Knows Your Name”).
Without bothering to put our bags in our room, we were off on the less-than-20-minute drive to the legendary breakfast spot; and it did not disappoint. It's one of those places that you can tell is loved as soon as you walk in—maybe it's the confident, relaxed attitude of the waitresses, or the lack of pretense in the décor (the inside dining room is also a gallery of works by local artists), or the well-honed center settings (house red hot sauce, house green hot sauce, salt, pepper, milk, sugar, napkins, flower).
It was hard to choose, but I settled on the Sampler, which I still reminisce about: one egg, sausage, hash browns, and a premium pancake (I chose banana—look at the way the pancake (above) covers the whole plate!). If you are anywhere near this nirvana of morning repasts, make the trip, and let me know what you think!
P.S. A post meal walk on the beach is highly recommended.
Laura Teusink is the associate managing editor at Travel + Leisure