[REVIEW] Kona Bay Cafe Palm Beach (Fl) Restaurant Review
Open:Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Kona Bay, known by me as "Tacky Joes" (disclosure: I'm not sure if this was it's actual name, I just know that since I've been coming down to Florida that I've been calling it that) has always been one of our breakfast favourites. The staff are incredibly friendly, the food is consistently good, and on a nice day, you can sit outside and take in the ocean air. Unfortunately, since our last trip down South, they have started some pretty heavy-duty construction on the bridge that linked us (and many others) to KB, significantly interfering with the ease of us going. Normally, it was just a (relatively) quick 30-35 minute walk down for Brunch, but now, walking is out of the question and it actually takes about 15 minutes to drive! Well, talk about dedication, on our last breakfast out, we hopped into the car and made our way down.
At about 11 AM on a Tuesday, we were one of only three tables sat, which definitely made me sad for the business and staff. Thankfully, they didn't seem too concerned, as construction is ahead of schedule and set to be finished some time in August. We sat outside because it was a stunner of a day (well, after the torrential downpour that is), but when it's busy we're usually stuck inside. The room itself is cottage cozy, and super casual, with regulars names (including those of my boyfriend's family) painted on the ceiling. Since our last visit in 2012, KB has also bought out the neighbours restaurant and will be expanding with additional seating soon.
Service was over the top friendly. Our adorably personable server discovered we were from Canada, and basically told us her whole life story related to her trips up North as a child. It was endearing, and as long as it doesn't interfere with me getting my food the way I want it, I have no problem with Chatty Cathy's.
Coffee was hot and plentiful, and their orange juice is freshly squeezed.
While I normally would go for one of their "short stack" gourmet pancakes (they have pumpkin, banana nut, strawberry, blueberry, buttermilk, and chocolate), I was sad to hear they were all out of my stand by (the pumpkin). I figured it was probably for the better since I was still in a bit of a food coma from the generous portions the night before. We had:
Hawaiian Omelet with Fresh Fruit
I thought this had the perfect amount of cheese so that it wasn't overwhelming or heavy. I wasn't sure how I was going to like the flavour of egg with tangy pineapple, but it was surprisingly refreshing.
Fruit Platter and Cottage Cheese
Whenever I order a fruit in a restaurant now, I request that I be given extra of everything else and no melon. I like melon, but 99% of the time it has no flavour and is just filler. No problem at KB! Our server made sure I got lots of my favourites (banana and pineapple) to compensate!
So for 2 OJ, 2 decafs (bottomless) and 2 meals, the bill for brunch was about $30 including tax and tip- incredibly reasonable and absolutely worth the trek. Thanks KB. I can't wait for construction to finish up and to embark on my usual walk over the bridge for pumpkin pancakes!