By Jonathan Brooks
You’ll find a crowded line for breakfast on the weekends and weekly regulars galore at Palmetto Bay’s gem, Walter’s Coffee Shop.
“We should write a book,” says President Grace Berbrick, daughter of founders Walter and Jo. Ask her about the coffee shop’s history or their slogan “where the elite meet to eat” and her face will light up as she recites the Walter’s story.
This family-run eatery has been serving amazing breakfast and lunch fare to patrons for nearly half a century, but you’d better get there early. Their delicious food, wonderful service, reasonable prices, and a quaint ambiance can only be found before 2:30 in the afternoon.
Serving mostly breakfast (until noon daily and all day Sunday) and lunch favorites, the baton is being passed on to one of Berbick’s sons, who gets out of the military early November and is taking over the reins of the family business. Think hole in the wall neighborhood diner filled with familiar faces, a small town atmosphere, and fresh food prepared on the premisses.
My visit was filled with other clientele chiming in on the tasty grub or bragging about how long they’ve been coming around. Most reminiscing about the previous location just across the road.
Those looking for a classic old-fashioned Southern-style breakfast will be in hog heaven. The redneck benedict ($8.25), country fried steak and eggs ($9.55), and biscuits with sausage gravy ($4.55) are sure to delight. And don’t forget a side of buttery home style grits ($2.25).
Traditional pancakes and French toast start as low as $2.50 for a Mickey Mouse pancake.
Omelets start at $5.75 and include everything but the kitchen sink, Tuscan, and farmer’s market selections.
Lunch options abound with a large array of sandwiches (starting @ $4.25), wraps (starting @ $7.05), melts (starting @ $5.10), and burgers (starting @ $4.95).
Diet plates (starting @ $5.25) and salads (starting @ $7.50) make up their healthy offerings. The stuffed tomato surprise or rainbow salads are surefire winners.
Their memorable signature entrees include fried flounder and shrimp ($10.05), grilled pork chops ($8.55), and hot open-faced turkey or roast beef ($7.95). Mashed or fried potatoes, green beans, corn, and cole slaw make up their tantalizing sides. In fact the are probably one of the only places in South Florida to get a fix of some quintessential liver and onions ($8.25).
Walter’s Coffee Shop definitely gives a new “foodie” meaning to the adage “the early bird catches the worm.”
Help support this local business establishment once and you’re sure to become one of their regulars.
Please say hello to the Berbrick family when you visit… and remember to tell’em that you heard about ’em on GreatFoodList.com.
Walter’s Coffee Shop
17009 South Dixie Highway
Palmetto Bay, FL 33157
Visit them online, at www.walterscoffeeshop.com for more details
Monday – Friday , 5:30am – 2:30pm
Saturday, 5:30am – 1:00pm
Sunday, 6:00am – 1:00pm