Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Breakfast and Lunch in Nokomis

Newspaper article Sarasota Herald Tribune

Breakfast and Lunch in Nokomis

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It's early as all hell, mid-week, and Eating Companion (EC) and I are strolling into the newest addition to Nokomis' growing community of breakfast/lunch joints, EGGS-TRAordinairy. A venture by the people behind Mama Leone's, anyone familiar with the south county scene will immediately recognize some familiar faces in Valerie and Marty, who used to be partners over at the Nokomis location of The Breakfast House. (Apparently relations went south, hence the new venture. Don't ask.)

You can see Valerie's decorative touch in the space, though it isn't quite as cutesy as across the street. Think seascapes, seagulls, seashells, seahorses. Very Florida gift-shop-chic. (Though the men's room's golf theme, Marty points out, was his baby.)

They serve breakfast all day, and their lunch selection is small, but carefully curated. The breakfast menu is rather similar to their neighbor's across the street, though priced a bit better. Omelets, Southern breakfast staples, pancake and French toast variations, a handful of Benedict options, some healthier stuff like oatmeal or granola. They have daily specials, too. Most meals will set you back around $7, though the Benedicts run $9 or more.

EC didn't realize the place was a Mama Leone's venture; he worked their a decade ago. He says something about spilled ice and workman's comp., and that it didn't end well. He's fortunate that he looks almost nothing like he did back then.

We decide to give the place a proper and thorough evaluation: corned beef hash (made from scratch, in-house, $7.95); Bacon Benny (Benedict with applewood smoked bacon, $8.95); today's omelet special -- green apple and brie ($7.95); and a couple slices of stuffed French toast ($7.25). EC gets a cup of coffee and some fresh- squeezed orange juice; I stick with java exclusively, though I steal a sip of EC's OJ. So many of us live in Florida, fresh oranges hanging from neighborhood trees all over the place, and yet the taste of truly fresh orange juice still surprises. …

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