Blue Hen Cafe - St. Augustine, FL
The Blue Hen Cafe offers some of the best breakfast food I've had in quite a long time. I was excited to stumble upon this place. If you find yourself in town, or just passing through as we were, be sure to stop by to try their most excellent food.
I was in the Jacksonville, FL area visiting family for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Prof and I decided to take a day trip down to Daytona Beach and we drove through St. Augustine on the way. St. Augustine is a beautiful city with lots of history, especially with being the nation's oldest city. It's easy to get caught up in the touristy stuff driving down the main drag. There's bike rentals along with several chain restaurants. You really have to search "off the beaten path" to find a place like The Blue Hen Cafe.
As soon as you turn down MLK Blvd you're transported back in time and get a sense for the true local side to St. Augustine. Historic houses that surely date back to the 1800s, if not further, line the street. Even with some new construction in the area, there's definitely a sense of history that surrounds you.
The Blue Hen Cafe is located right in the neighborhood. There's a small parking area across from the building otherwise parking is down any of the narrow streets. They serve breakfast Tuesday - Sunday from 8am-3pm.
I ordered the Corned Beef Hash. It was served with potatoes sautéed with onions and peppers and topped with two eggs. I also added a side of bacon. Nothing is more comforting for breakfast than corned beef and eggs. Blue Hen's house made corned beef had a non-traditional spin that I truly enjoyed. Instead of a finely chopped up version it was cubed beef that had a similar size and shape to the potatoes. I absolutely loved this spin. The beef was tender and seasoned well and paired perfectly with the potatoes.
Although we did share the biscuit and gravy, my meal came with it's own biscuit and a side of butter. I wouldn't normally give butter it's own shout out, but this butter is most deserving. It was no ordinary butter, but rather an extraordinary house made peach butter. That's right, a PEACH butter. O to the M to the G! It was succulently sweet and buttery, almost like the cinnamon honey butter from Texas Roadhouse, but 1000 times better! I just wanted to slather that all over my soft and flakey biscuit. The peach butter alone is worth stopping by.
Speaking of biscuits and gravy, The Prof and I along with his friend Dynamic Entry, shared a side of this deliciousness. It was served with a sausage gravy that was divinely creamy. The Prof enjoyed his breakfast burrito. It was stuffed with potatoes ("home fries"), beans, cheese and salsa. You can get it with eggs of course, but The Prof doesn't do eggs - crying shame I know. But he still enjoyed it.
Dynamic Entry ordered one of the most interesting menu items, the King's French Toast. We had a debate about how the french toast was served. It was described as having "peanut butter, banana, honey (and) brioche" on the menu. They weren't sure if it was served separately. I figured it was served all together since that was Elvis Presley's favorite sandwich. Sure enough, it was a peanut butter, banana and honey french toast made with brioche bread. It was delicious as well and came with it's own side of home fries, eggs anyway you like it and a biscuit.
All in all I was super excited for the opportunity to eat at the Blue Hen Cafe. It's definitely a great breakfast/brunch place to try in St. Augustine. You get a lot of food for a reasonable price. I hope you find your way there one day too.