Where is Ocoee, Florida? Well before today, we’d never heard of the city, but we found an Urbanspoon restaurant listing for Ocoee Café and it sounded worth the short drive off the Florida Turnpike for a breakfast review. Ocoee is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee metro area but still it’s far enough away to keep its small town “Mayberry” appeal.
You can’t miss the Ocoee Cafe sign from one of the main intersections and this morning their parking lot was full, except for a single spot that became ours. Walking to the front door of the diner, we noticed a slightly intimidating group of local men sitting outside that looked right off the set of “Duck Dynasty”. Would this be our last meal? Luckily, as we got closer we overheard they were discussing crock-pot cooking. I guess never judge a book by its cover, or beard.
Inside was a typical diner with booths along the sides and table in the back. It was the Christmas holiday and the owners really go all out on the decorations. Every wall was decorated and hundreds of ornaments and bears hung from the ceiling. Even the ceiling fans were decorated with multiple Santas and Elves spinning just above our heads.
Instead of the usual counter seating stools, Ocoee Café has six booths with three of them right along the kitchen area. You can watch all the food prep and expediting from your seat. Our server was genuinely friendly and in a VERY Southern accent asked if we were ready to order or did we need another minute to “ponder” the menu. I can’t remember the last time I heard the word “ponder”. I ordered the biscuit & gravy and Mark ordered the Ham steak.
Special (Half Biscuits & Gravy, two Eggs and Bacon ($7.55) – Recently I’ve decided to limit my biscuit & gravy breakfasts to only special occasions and restaurants. Today I made an exception which turned out to be a good decision. I’ve had really good and really bad biscuits and gravy and Ocoee Café is one of the really good dishes. Plenty of peppery flavor and lots of large chunks of sausage. The thick cut bacon was also very good and salty, just the way I like bacon.
Two Eggs with Hash Browns and Pit Ham ($7.55) – We’re still not sure was makes this a pit ham because it appeared to be a typical ham steak without the bone. The only difference was the extra thick cut and a very smoky flavor. The ham was a meal in itself. The hash browns had plenty of browned edges, but the inside was a little under cooked. The price for this ham plate was a really good deal.
The Orlando area has tons of restaurants and dining choices but today’s trip just outside the tourist attraction zone gave us one of our better road trip meals. Just a few short miles north of Turnpike Exit 267 turned out to be a nice scenic drive through the relaxing, slow-paced town of Ocoee Florida that ended with a great breakfast meal at the Ocoee Café.
Ocoee Café is located at 29 West McKey Street Ocoee FL 34761