I’d like to start this article off by thanking the 56 members of the Delray Raw group on Facebook who really helped me out this week. Thank you for your honest feedback and replies to my question, “What are the best breakfast spots in Delray?”
Although I’ve eaten at all of the places listed below and can vouch that they are each great for what they are, it was interesting to hear what dozens of fellow locals would say. So if you’re looking for a good morning meal in the area, here are some of the best breakfast restaurants in Delray Beach:
The Downtown Spot: Christina’s
Christina’s is a nice, small, low-key spot in Pineapple Grove where the food is fresh and consistent, coffee cups are kept full, and the prices are reasonable. My favorite dish is the California omelet: avocado, mushrooms, green onion, tomato, cheddar jack, and cream cheese (which sounded a little weird my first time but ended up being the best part).
The Authentic “Old Delray” Breakfast Spot: Green Owl
The Green Owl opened it’s doors on Atlantic Avenue in 1981, and not much has changed there since, including the restaurant’s décor, staff, menu and prices. Full of regulars and old Delray charm, a meal at The Green Owl is an experience. The simple food is consistently good, and worth the (sometimes extremely long) wait on weekends. Just do not go if you’re in a rush.
What’s nice is that the staff at least tells you that it’s going to be a 15 minute wait, plus a 30 to 45 minute wait on food, as the kitchen often cannot keep up with the rush of people. But if it’s a Sunday morning and you have nowhere to be, I highly recommend checking it out.
The Best Deli: Way Beyond Bagels
Every time I mention Way Beyond Bagels to a friend, I get the same response: “I LOVE that place!” Seriously, what’s not to love?
The name “Way Beyond Bagels” perfectly suits it, as it’s more gourmet deli than it is bagel bakery. I’ll never forget how impressed I was the first time I walked in simply expecting your typical bagel shop. The line was out the door, as I’ve found it always is, but was operated in a way that was smooth and efficient. The staff is friendly, and the selection and quality of food is just incredible. Way Beyond Bagels sells everything from freshly baked breads and cakes to high-quality lunch meats to smoked fish to dozens of different salads, spreads, and appetizers. It’s a bit overwhelming when you’re in the line, and the prices are a little higher than other places, but you will not be disappointed with your food.
The Best Bargain: Bagel Twins
For a decent breakfast at a low price, I’d recommend Bagel Twins. It’s the only place I know of where $3.25 gets you a small shot of orange juice, two eggs any style, a bagel and cream cheese, and potatoes. While this place is nothing to rave about, the food is good and it’s the best bargain in town.
The Best New Spot: Another Broken Egg Cafe
Another Broken Egg is the hottest new spot in Delray Beach for breakfast. It’s the latest opening for the breakfast chain that has locations all over the Midwest and southeastern U.S., and getting a table on the weekends has not been easy. But I assure you that the Lobster and Brie omelet and pancakes are worth the wait. This place reminds me of a fancier IHOP, with a bigger, more exciting menu. The food is a bit tastier, and will give IHOP a run for it’s money.
Best Breakfast Spot By the Beach: Luna Rosa
Although Luna Rosa isn’t on the sand (it’s on the west side of A1A), it’s about as close to the beach you can get for breakfast. The pro’s of Luna Rosa are that they have delicious food and mimosas, it’s casual, and you only have to park once to go to breakfast and then the beach. The cons are that parking isn’t easy (unless you get there really early or valet), it gets really busy and is a bit cramped, and it’s a little pricier than the other spots on this list. I honestly don’t go here very often because it is such a project getting a parking spot and table, but when I do finally sit down and sip my mimosa I enjoy being there. To avoid the crowds, go on the weekdays if you can.