Breakfast at Blueberries

From NS to NB 018-2

We have a Sunday morning ritual of going to early church and then to Blueberries for breakfast. We never deviate from this routine when we are at our winter home in Florida   – right down to what we order. They know we know what we want so they don’t give us menus any more. We start with coffee, and I order two eggs over medium, whole wheat toast, and fruit. JB orders a short stack of blueberry pancakes that come with a hot blueberry compote. I then give him an egg and toast, he gives me a pancake and we both eat out of the fruit cup. Every Sunday – except when we deviate by adding bacon or potatoes. Today we were in an extra happy mood so we added Canadian bacon and a fresh squeezed orange juice.

Anyone driving up US 41 out of Naples can tell that Blueberries is a good restaurant for breakfast because there are always people waiting on the porch for their number to be called. There are lots of regulars because the food is really good. We have had other things on the menu – before we settled on our usual. We know the Greek omelette is wonderful with the fillings of feta cheese and fresh spinach. Friends have told us the eggs benedict  is the best they have ever had. We go there for lunch or supper when we are hungry for a gyro sandwich. They make a really good one because the owner is Greek. The service is the efficient and non-intrusive kind that is found in Europe because most of the servers are Eastern European immigrants.

We don’t wait for a table, we wait for two seats at the counter (first come, first serve). We love the counter because we can watch the servers as they efficiently work together to keep the coffee and food moving. Four machines are constantly brewing fresh-ground coffee and whoever has a few free minutes is emptying grounds and starting new pots, even the owner. I enjoy the end of the counter where we can see the dance that takes place as plates of food coming from the kitchen are sorted by order and given the finishing touches, like a shake of powdered sugar, a cup of fruit, a scoop of butter, blueberry compote. Then whoever is available carries them to the correct table – or in our case to the counter.

We love going to Blueberries and have been going for enough seasons for the staff to recognize and greet us with smiles and a warm “How are you today?” We look forward to seeing them when we return each fall. But we also experience an extra joy that comes from sitting at the counter. Maybe you have noticed this if you are a counter sitter. We have the joy of talking with people who are sitting next to us. Sometimes we recognize people who we sat with before and we greet each other – but mostly they are regulars, too; and thus neighbors who we don’t know, yet. Blueberries is the place where we go and feel at home even though nobody knows our name.

 

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  1. Oh Geez….now we both have our eggs over medium. 🙂 I loved this piece and you are so right about sitting at the counter. It changes the whole dynamic of being in a place. Plus the people at the counter are the real deal, meaning they don’t think they’re too good for the counter and must have a table. Would love to meet you at Blueberries someday.

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    • We will put a claim on the corner of the counter so the four of us can chat. We do have a few hoity-toity people here in Naples – and you are right. They don’t sit at the counter, in fact most don’t go to Blueberries.

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  2. I love it there! A fourth Chilango’s restaurant – The Broken Egg – has opened here on Robinson and McCain. It is a gentle blend of Mexican and American brunch foods. It reminds me Blueberries, but on a smaller scale. There usually is a wait to get a seat, though.

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