With a lovely garden patio and relaxed ambience, Café Karibo expands its culinary charms with a distinctive brunch.
My beau Bruce and I stopped by Café Karibo on a recent Sunday, and the place was hopping, as usual. We love to eat in their courtyard, so we grabbed a table and said hello to our many friends whom we discovered there. So many people we know love to have brunch at the Karibo!
We began our meal with a Bloody Mary for me and a Mimosa for Bruce. My Bloody Mary was good and spicy, with horseradish and seasonings, garnished with lemon, lime, and olives. Bruce's Mimosa was served in an interesting way. He was given a small bottle of champagne, Kenwood Cuvee Brut, and a little pitcher of orange juice, with a champagne glass, which allowed him to pour his own drink and make it as strong or weak as he wanted. The advantage to serving a mini bottle of champagne is that it's very fresh and bubbly, unlike champagne that may have been opened already and is beginning to lose its fizz. Nice touch, I say!
We ordered a giant Lemon Poppy Muffin to snack on while we waited for our brunch items to arrive—for me, a Breakfast Burrito, and for Bruce, Steak and Eggs. Karibo's Lemon Poppy Muffin is one of my favorite goodies at the restaurant. It's loaded with blueberries, and iced with a lemon glaze. Perhaps I should have eaten it for dessert, but I still had plenty of room for my meal.
The Breakfast Burrito is a tortilla filled with eggs and black beans, cheese, sour cream, served with homemade salsa. It's quite substantial and very delicious. I love that Café Karibo makes their wonderful fried potatoes that are cooked with red bell peppers and onions. And a nice piece of orange on the plate makes this dish a winner. Bruce's Steak and Eggs was a fabulous brunch dish. The eggs are cooked sunny side up and served on top of the tender, sautéed steak. There is a fresh vegetable medley served with this dish, with zucchini, broccoli, yellow squash, and onions, and there's a savory demi-glace that pulls it all together.
Naturally, Café Karibo has their regular menu on Sundays, too, so you can order any of your favorites, no matter what time of day. They also have a private catering menu, and a banquet room upstairs, where they host parties, weddings, fundraisers, and the like. They will also create a custom menu for your special event.
Situated in a charming historic building in downtown Fernandina Beach, an eclectic palette of colors and furnishings adds to the relaxed ambience that permeates Cafe Karibo. And with its large garden patio shaded by huge oak trees that welcomes guests, it all adds up to a fun and unique culinary experience! For more information, call (904) 277-5269 or visit www.cafekaribo.com.