The paint on the wooden sign above the entrance is cracked and faded, and if the door to the white picket fence isn’t open revealing the garden seating, it could be easily assumed that the place closed down years ago: but it hasn’t. In fact, Pepe’s Café on Caroline Street has been open since 1909, and continues to attract loyal customers from around the globe.The Outdoor Patio at Pepe's Cafe — Photo courtesy of Amber Nolan
The restaurant even hands out their recipes upon request (and they post some on their website as well). They don’t seem worried that guests will start making the items themselves and not return: patrons frequent the restaurant for the atmosphere as much as they do for the excellent cuisine.
During breakfast, saddle up at their outdoor bar where there are only a handful of seats and start the day off with a Bloody Mary. Before you know it, you’ll be eyeing what your neighbor ordered for breakfast and striking up conversations in this cozy atmosphere and making new friends. The sounds of laughter, people chatting, dishes being placed on tables, and waiters stacking plates permeate in the gentle breeze. Life seems easy here.
The Outdoor Patio at Pepe's Cafe — Photo courtesy of Amber NolanThe restaurant is also a steakhouse – so you can’t go wrong with the steak omelet with fresh squeezed orange juice made right at the bar. They have all the breakfast classics eggs Benedict, French toast, pancakes, and daily specials which include their homemade bread of the day. It doesn’t stop there: Pepe’s is open for lunch and dinner as well, with items gracing the menu like burgers that are out of this world, fresh fish sandwiches, and pork specialties.
Ask about tickets to oyster races, which take place every Monday and Friday at 4:30 p.m. On Thursday nights they serve up a Thanksgiving-style dinner, which is not to be missed. Once you try this local spot once, it’s difficult to stay away.