The News Cafe, Miami Beach

Posted by Krista on January 23, 2009

News cafe 

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.

6 Responses to “The News Cafe, Miami Beach”

  1. Gourmet Chick
    Jan 23, 2009

    Those fried potatoes do look delicious but I suppose not $40 worth of delicious (especially at current pound to dollar exchange rate)

  2. Eater's Regret
    Jan 24, 2009

    On our trip to Miami Beach, we went to News Cafe every morning.. talk about getting suckered in! Food was good but yesh expensive alright. Fantastic pecan muffins and french toast.

  3. Well, at least the meal made for an entertaining post, and you’ve warned potential suckers like me away. Thanks for taking one for the team, Krista.

    Also, having spent the past three Christmases in PB, I think I know what you mean about the high number of overhyped, overpriced restos in south Florida. Our fam has started to eat in and cook a lot more often after being burned at several places similar to the News Cafe. It’s the wealthy-people-on-holiday effect in the area, perhaps.

  4. Ciao Londonelicious (Krista?),
    Sorry I’ve got nothing meaningful to say about The News Cafe or Miami Beach for that matter. But I just wanted to say it was a nice change of pace to actually find music recommendations on another food blog. Just downloaded Emiliana Torrini’s “Fisherman’s Woman” after seeing it on your page. Thanks!
    – Aaron

  5. Krista
    Jan 25, 2009

    My favorite song on that album is Hearstopper. Enjoy!

  6. Marc
    Jan 03, 2012

    Really? 40$ for breakfast. That must be the greatest fried potatoes ever. But they really look delicious. I think I can smell them :-).

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