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Reviewed 6/14/11

The Broken Egg

Consistently Voted Sarasota′s Best Breakfast with Three great locations...

Away from the bustle of Siesta Key′s Ocean Boulevard is a quaint little storefront with a cozy covered deck and tropical plantings. Outdoor seating is at a premium where brief waits are possible. So, thumb through prints and original works by local artists or feast your eyes on freshly baked muffins, cookies and decadent desserts

Sports enthusiasts may want to head to the Lakewood Ranch location, where Dick Vitale is often seen graciously signing autographs or one of his books.

Breakfast selections are available throughout the day and the list is endless!

If you like Hash Browns..their INCREDIBLE!!!
Made with sour cream and cheddar, they can be ordered Ala Carte or incorporated in a dish like "The Sheepherder" featuring two eggs poached over hash browns with cheddar and Swiss. The poached "Eggs Largo" with ham, tomatoes, melted cheeses, sour cream and scallions atop a split English muffin with hash browns on the side while "The Southwestern Fiesta Bowl" is piled high with Chorizo, onions, green peppers, salsa and two eggs atop a wonderful helping of hash browns. Yummy!

Other Eggy offerings include the Broken Eggwich with 2 eggs, smoked ham, American cheese on a large flaky croissant or bagel as well as Bubba′s Breakfast Bowl, Pat′s take on Breakfast, Vic′s Scram Sam and all the basics for your selection.

Whole wheat or buttermilk Pancakes are offered with a dozen different toppings as well as Bob′s Bear Creek ′cakes with Oatmeal, Buttermilk and whole Wheat Flour. Also on the menu are three different French Toast selections, including the local fav – "French Toast Sampler". Egg washed slices of Banana Nut, Pumpkin & Cinnamon Swirl are served up with real maple syrup!

For lighter fare there’s the Norwegian Smoked Salmon & bagel, the Scram Sam ...3 eggs scrambled with smoked salmon & chives or maybe "Pat′s Breakfast" ...Three eggs scrambled with fresh vegetables and Swiss cheese.

There′s always a Deep Dish Quiche and six different Omelets. Healthy eaters will enjoy the Casey Key (egg white) Omelette with spinach, tomato and Portobello. Instead of the Traditional Eggs Benedict with Canadian Bacon, Sausage or Turkey Sausage, try your eggs atop a pair of succulent Crab Cakes. Sweet crepe filled Cheese Blintzes and Belgian Waffles with fresh strawberries are always winners.

Skipping breakfast for a good spot on the beach?...
Brown bag it with a Caramel Pecan Sticky Bun and a cup of Joe? Other freshly baked goodies include monster sized Muffins, Sour Cream Coffee Cake and Cinnamon Swirls.

Even though the Broken Egg is legendary as having the best "breakfast" in town... You won’t go wrong with "lunch" either. A variety of mouth-watering offerings will have you grazing... beyond full!

If you′re a soup lover, I highly recommend the Soup du Jour. Made with only the freshest ingredients, some of my favorites are the Cream of mushroom, crawfish chowder and Cream of ham with veggies. Not into heat on a warm sultry day? Try the Gazpacho with a little spicy kick.

Salads include 6 luscious varieties where the Caesar is considered Sarasota′s best. For more texture and flavor add Norwegian Salmon, Marinated Chicken Breast or Grilled Shrimp. There′s a gratifying Chef salad with fresh greens and vegetables, smoked ham, turkey, cheese and eggs; a refreshing Fruit Bowl with cottage cheese; Chicken Salad Medley with fresh fruit and vegetables and a savory Spinach salad with strawberries, pecans tomatoes and red onions tossed in raspberry vinaigrette.

Sandwiches and wraps often have a twist on the tried and true...
How about Brad′s Fave... Seasoned chicken breast, onions, tomatoes, melted cheddar and "pineapple pepper jelly" on grilled sourdough. It’s Dynamite! Other great choices are the Blackened Grouper Wrap with Salsa Black Beans and Swiss Cheese... Dickie’s V Burger (a la Dick Vitale)...Ground turkey with lettuce, tomato and mustard on an onion bagel, the "Crabby Patti Wich" with blue crab or the Portobello Mushroom Wrap with spinach, Swiss and sun dried tomatoes. Yummy!

My spouse and I "shared" ... the Turkey Ruben and "Timmy Melt", a croissant filled with freshly made chicken salad, bacon, tomato and Swiss cheese. A few napkins were required as we licked fingers and lips with pleasure! Sandwiches are served with chips and a pickle and Fresh fruit, Potato Salad or Cole slaw can be had at a nominal charge.

Want to create your own? No Problem!
You choose the bread, tortilla or croissant and stuff it with Pecan Chicken, Tuna Salad, Ham, or Turkey. Then add some cheese and all the fixings.

Finally, and not to be ignored are a few sweet, sinful delights like...
Bread Pudding, Cheesecakes, Carrot Cake, pies, Cookies and more.....Fresh out of the oven and ready to be consumed!

CLARK ROAD DIRECTIONS: From I-75, take exit 205 and go West on Clark Rd. to the Expo Plaza on the right.

LAKEWOOD RANCH DIRECTIONS: From I-75, take exit 213 and go east on University Parkway to Market Street. Turn left and take another left at Exchange Way. The Broken Egg is on the right at 6115 Exchange Way. They'll be serving breakfast and lunch. Don't miss it!

SIESTA KEY DIRECTIONS: From US 41 (Tamiami Trail), go west on Siesta Drive over the drawbridge to Siesta Key. Continue on Higel Rd., through the traffic light and turn right at the first street (Ocean Blvd.), then right on Avenida Messina, at a 4-way stop.
Coming from the South, turn left on Stickney Point Rd., cross the bridge, turn right on Midnight Pass Rd. Follow it past the public beach to the first street on the left in the Village. Turn left on Avenida Messina at a 4-way stop.

  American Cuisine
   Siesta Key and Lakewood Ranch restaurants in Southwest Florida    THE BROKEN EGG
140 Avenida Messina ~ Siesta Key
6115 Exchange Way ~ Lakewood Ranch
3041 Clark Rd. ~ 941-922-2868

Three Great Locations
Serving Breakfast and Lunch Daily
Restaurant, Catering, Art Gallery & Gift Shop
Consistently Voted Sarasota's Best Breakfast

Thank you for visiting...and "Good Eating" at The Broken Egg!

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