I love going out to breakfast.  A good one can start your day off right and there is something relaxing about sipping a cup of coffee, doing some people watching, and waiting for a tall stack of pancakes.  While over in Fernandina Beach, Florida, we decided to try out Bright Side Morning Cafe.  It is located on 3rd Street in the historic downtown area that oozes with Old Florida charm.  The restaurant is housed in a salmon colored building with additional seating in a small courtyard.  A red, white, and blue restaurant sign hung from a tree and a small menu board advertised its location.  After parking on the side Becky and I made our way inside with the kids in tow.

We apparently beat the morning rush and were immediately seated.  Our table was located inside next to the front window.  The restaurant's walls were white and dark green.  They were covered with an eclectic array of artwork.  Several other tables of varying sizes filled the dining area.  It was a very relaxed atmosphere and had a cozy feel.

Our waitress came over after we were seated.  I ordered a cup of coffee, while Becky went for a coke, and the kids had juice.  By the time she returned we knew what we wanted for our meal.  Each of us ordered the pancakes.  I opted for a side of sausage while Becky went with bacon.  The kids would be content to pick off our plates.

I expected two orders of pancakes to come out fairly quickly and we kept the kids entertained by playing with some sugar packets and a book we found sitting on the window ledge.  Ten, twenty, and then thirty minutes passed without our pancakes making an appearance.  We asked the waitress where our breakfast was and received a canned answer that we were next in line.  Another couple with three kids at the next tables sympathized with us and said they waited almost an hour for their food.

Shortly after forty-five minutes ticked off the clock our breakfast appeared.  The waitress did not apologize for the slow service and merely gave us our plates before walking away.  The two pancakes were served on a large white plate and sprinkled with some powdered sugar. Two sausage patties were next to it.  The pancakes were fluffy with slightly crispy edges.  Plump blueberries were sprinkled throughout each pancake.  They were delicious and the saltiness of the sausage paired well with the sweetness of the berries and the syrup.  Becky enjoyed her pancakes and the kids happily crunched on two slices of bacon and some pancake pieces.

After receiving our check we paid at the cash register.  Again there was no apology for a forty-five minute wait for four pancakes.  I was disappointed. Although the food was good the service left a bad taste in my mouth. Next time we are in Fernandina Beach we will skip breakfast at Bright Mornings Cafe and check out another one of the island's breakfast spots.

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: B
Taste: A
Presentation: B
Service: F
Cleanliness: A
Price: $