The News Cafe
800 Ocean Dr
Miami Beach, FL 33139
Date of Last Visit: Saturday, December 20th, 2008
The Victim: Dad
The Damage: $40. For breakfast. Uggh.
The Background: I am a sucker. A big sucker. I've never spent much time in Miami Beach, but I've read enough to know that The News Cafe is famous. So that's where I take dad for breakfast.
And we're suckers. We get totally ripped off. $40 for breakfast? And the orange juice isn't freshed-squeezed? I don't think so. Apparently, The News Cafe is famous because it creates suckers like me.
The Food: I get the Huevos Rancheros and it's served like Eggs Benedict, only on tortillas. It's okay. But just okay. Not enough beans for me.
More Background: Once the crazy guy sits down next to us, we get out of there. Only to find that they've automatically added 18% to our bill as a tip. This doesn't happen much in the U.S. Only when your party is 6 or more and/or you're at a restaurant frequented by non-Americans, who don't tip more often than not.
Oh yeah, breakfast at every other place on the beach? $4.50.
I really am a sucker.
The Verdict: Don't go here. Get yourself a $4.50 breakfast somewhere else. Preferably with fresh-squeezed orange juice.