On any given Sunday in New York, residents and tourists flock to restaurants that offer brunch specials. Mimosas and Bloody Marys adorn table tops and lines form at the door full of people waiting for a seat - particularly in the summer months when outdoor dining is coveted. In the south, Key West is quickly becoming the brunch hot spot, with tropically-infused menus and year round open-air patios. Even the New York legend, Sarabeth's, has set up shop in Key West. Well-known venues like Blue Heaven and Pepe's offer the quintessential island brunch experience, but other newcomers are cropping up that have become new local favorites. Case in point: Two Cents, the trendy but unpretentious gastropub that tempts patrons with a simple offer: free bacon! Another welcome addition to the neighborhood is Colombian Grace, which uses hand-me-down recipes and fresh ingredients to create dishes you won't find anywhere else in the Florida Keys.
Azur remains under-the-radar with Mediterranean cuisine, while the secret is out about Louie's Backyard - which also offers guests stunning waterfront views. Brunch in Key West consists of every variation of eggs Benedict, seafood and fresh lobster omelets, and even Key Lime-stuffed French toast. Linger for hours, let the time melt into Happy Hour, and remember - you're in paradise.