Village Café is a perfect people watching place for breakfast and lunch. Perched at the intersection of Ocean Boulevard and “Eat Street” — nom de plume by foodies for Avenida Madera, so named due to all the restaurants on the street —outdoor dining and picture windows allow ample opportunities to watch the world pass you by while noshing on traditional and special dining fare.
Breakfast and lunch are served from the 7 a.m. opening to the 2:30 p.m. close.
A patron favorite is any one of the eight “Lotta Eggs” omelettes. Owners Kay and Tom Kouvatsos admit that although the menu describes the dishes as containing four eggs, they sometimes have five or even six eggs in each.
A plain omelette is $6.95. From that starting point, splurge: Lox & Onion ($11.95); The Works with onion, broccoli, spinach, mushrooms, green peppers, tomatoes, diced ham, bacon, and sausage ($10.95); The Swimsuit with egg whites, spinach, mushroom, tomatoes, and “no cheese!” for $9.95; or the Greek Omelette with feta cheese, green peppers, onions, sausage, and tomatoes ($9.95.)
Following suit with the “Eggseptional Dishes” is the Mexican Wrap or Siesta Benedict, both $9.95 and both served with home fries, grits, or fresh fruit.
The popular Mexican Wrap features south-of-the-border favorites chorizo, refried beans, scrambled eggs, onions, green peppers, and cheeses wrapped in a soft flour tortilla.
The Siesta Benedict has a perfectly poached pair of eggs perched on Canadian bacon on top of a crispy English muffin, smothered with a tangy Hollandaise sauce.
Following in the International theme of breakfast is Stuffed French Toast ($8.50) with either apricots and cream cheese or fresh apples, cinnamon, and cream cheese. Or diners may want to sample the Belgian Waffle topped with powdered sugar for $6.95.
There are, of course, traditional first-of-the-morning meals offered at Village Café: bacon and eggs, pancakes, frittatas, and muffins. There are also Healthy Choices like fresh fruit, bagels with all the fixings, or the Siesta Key Oatmeal: oatmeal topped with strawberry yogurt, bananas, and strawberries, served with an English muffin for $6.95.
Lunch fare at Village Café is as eclectic as breakfast, and also follows an International theme. In celebration of Tom’s heritage is Tom’s Greek Salad, with mixed greens, Greek peppers, onions, tomatoes, feta cheese, green peppers, olives, hardboiled egg, and a house dressing for $9.95.
A Taco Salad has a homemade shell filled with greens, peppers, onions, tomatoes, mixed cheeses, all topped with marinated grilled chicken and a special dressing on the side, for $11.95.
Coming back to the U.S. is the Philly Cheese Steak ($9.95) with the flavorful beef served with grilled onions, peppers, and American cheese, served on a hoagie roll with a side of fries.
Village Café has eight deli-style sandwiches, all served with lettuce, tomato, and pickle. Popular is the Reuben ($7.45) and the Siesta Club ($9.25). The club is served with either ham and cheese or turkey, plus lettuce, tomato, bacon, pickles and fries, served with mayonnaise.
Burgers are half-pound in size and run the gamut with add-ons. The Siesta is popular, with its guacamole, sliced tomato, and pepper jack cheese at $9.95 with a choice of a side dish. A meatless Veggie Burger has tzatsiki sauce for $6.75.
Another lunchtime fare favorite is the Grilled Chicken Salad ($9.75: marinated chicken, grilled, served on a Romaine salad which includes cucumbers, tomatoes, cheeses, and a boiled egg. Also on the plate is pita bread and honey-mustard dressing. Grilled shrimp is an alternative for the chicken for 20 cents more.
A kids menu for those under 10 years of age offer either a hot dog, grilled cheese sandwich, or chicken fingers served with fries for $5.95.
The 99-seat restaurant serves beer and wine and fills up fast. Carry-out and catering is available at Village Café, 5133 Ocean Blvd., Siesta Key, phone 941-349-2822, e-mail villagecafeonsiesta.com
Perfect people-watching weather, perfect location, great food — what more could one want for breakfast or lunch in Siesta Village?