Emily Bullard holds an Avocado Benedict with a side of fruit. She likes to start her day with lemon ricotta pancakes. GABRIEL SANCHEZ/ Keys Weekly

It’s pretty difficult not to gush over the new Tavernier brunch spot, Over Easy. The diner may have just popped up in Tavernier in December, but with a growing fandom of foodies already under its belt, it’s already making waves in the Upper Keys dining scene.

“Our style is a mix of American and Latin inspired foods,” said owner Daniel Pinto. “Our approach to food is very health-conscious. We use ingredients like quinoa, avocado, agave, and natural sugars, like in our 100 percent all-natural maple syrup.”

The majority of the brunch spot’s sauces are homemade, like the strawberry jelly, chipotle, ranch salsa, green chili sauce and Hollandaise sauce.

No stranger to the spotlight, the Arizona-grown franchise’s Chicken & Waffles have graced TLC’s “Best Food Ever,” while their Waffle Dog, an order of three vanilla battered and fried sausage links, has starred in Food Network’s “Best Thing I Ever Ate.”

Over Easy has capitalized on the latest food trends by making plates, like avocado toast, a central item on the menu.

Avocado toast has become all the rage among millennials for its health benefits and irresistible hipster appeal. Thankfully, you don’t have to wear skinny jeans and know every word to a Jenny Lewis song to enjoy Over Easy’s selection – and you certainly get your money’s worth. Each order of toast uses a whole avocado.

“You get your healthy kick to start your day,” said server Emily Bullard of the avocado’s superfood status. “Usually people crave something fried in the morning, so avocado lets you add a little balance.”

Over Easy’s original avocado toast comes with whipped ricotta, chili flakes, and tomato. The most popular of the toasts is the Caprese, with its grape tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, and tangy balsamic glaze. The Protein Avocado lets you add bacon and sausage. The Mediterranean is a good mix of all three with bacon, feta cheese, and grape tomatoes.

Cheddar Jalapeno biscuits come smothered in country-style gravy. OVER EASY/ Contributed

The “Cakes” section of the menu includes French toast, old fashioned waffles, lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berries, buttermilk pancakes, protein pancakes with quinoa, pecans, granola, and wild blueberries. Omelette options include the Southwest, the Crying Pig, the Mile High, and the Cali. Or you can build your own.

Their refreshments are surprisingly unique as well. For starters, the restaurant only brews Perla gourmet coffee. If you prefer something chill, the Over Easy iced coffee is a yummy blend of cinnamon, cardamom, and sweetened condensed milk. The homemade strawberry-rosemary, and mint lemonades are also pretty dang refreshing. 

Over Easy’s prices are more than reasonable; a majority of the favorite dishes average $10. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every day. Call for takeout 305-852-3844. Over Easy is located at 91200 Overseas Hwy. in Tavernier Towne Plaza.

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