Blue Heaven & Blueberry Pancakes – Brunch in the USA

By Abi King | USA

Jul 29
Vibrant painted sign for the Blue Heaven Restaurant

American Brunch? Come on in to Blue Heaven…


Blue Heaven & Blueberry Pancakes – Brunch in the USA

Great tingling tastebuds, do Americans know about food. Yes, it’s easy to knock the hamburger, the behemoth “sodas” and the rather strangely named corn dog. The portion sizes may overwhelm and, coming from a grumpy European corner of the world, the smiles and “would you like anything else with that?” can be unnerving.

Yet, when it comes to brunch in particular, I’ve never tasted anything finer.

Blueberry pancake - with a side portion of blueberries

Blueberry Pancakes. With, er, blueberries…


Putting the Blue in Blueberry…

Blue Heaven in Florida’s Key West just about lives up to its name. Through a slight misunderstanding, I ended up with blueberry pancakes with a side order of blueberries (and, to save face, pretended that that was exactly what I’d been after all along. This is how we eat blueberries in Europe…ahem.)

With trademark maple syrup, super-crispy bacon and inch-thick fluffy pancakes, I was in, well, heaven.

Welcome sign at Blue Heaven

Welcome to Blue Heaven


Serving heaven on a fork and sin in a glass…Blue Heaven

Beneath the humid, southern sun, the others tucked into eggs with names straight from the movies, like sunny side up and over easy. So good, in fact, was the food that I was half way through my juicy fruit smoothie before I noticed what should have been obvious.

There, among the powder-painted signs, the tropical almond trees, the ketchup and the steam of a well-loved kitchen, came an unmistakable cry…

Feathers brushed against my leg and, tearing myself away from my breakfast, I looked down.

Rooster in Blue Heaven

An Unexpected Guest in Blue Heaven


That’s right, a real life rooster was strutting around.

Brunch may feel like a US institution, but Blue Heaven still does brunch in Key West style.

Blue Heaven

729 Thomas Street, Key West, Florida, 33040

Sign charging money to watch people shower

Blueberry Pancakes & Brunch – Key West Style


I visited Florida as a guest of Virgin Holidays as part of a Florida Photo Safari.  The usual, exciting, disclosure policy applies…


Check out more travel photos on Delicious Baby.


About the Author

Abigail King is a writer and photographer who swapped a career as a doctor for a life on the road. Now published by Lonely Planet, the BBC, CNN, National Geographic Traveler & more, she feels most at home experimenting here: covering unusual journeys, thoughtful travel and luxury on

wandering educators July 29, 2011

YUM. we love blueberries. and i esp love your photos – makes me want to come visit!

    Abi King July 30, 2011

    Sigh…Me, too. I just haven’t found food like this in the UK…

Topping blueberry pancakes with more blueberries works for me. I usually put strawberries on them, but blueberries work too.

    Abi King July 30, 2011

    Can’t help but think that strawberries would have been a better idea…;)

Juno July 29, 2011

That’s so random and hilarious! hahahaa!!

    Abi King July 30, 2011

    The shower shot? Loved the signs I saw there – and your post about them. Cheers!

Sonja July 30, 2011

I’m going to try some really close close-up shots of food some time. Nice effect!

Abi King July 30, 2011

You gotta have great food to start with…! (Sneaky tip – tilt the back of the plate slightly by resting it on something. Makes it much easier…) Enjoy!

Sarah Arrow August 1, 2011

I love that sign! “Serving Heaven on a fork and sin in a glass” that is just awesome :)

    Abi King August 3, 2011

    I might print that out and put it up in my own kitchen…;)

Emma August 12, 2011

Completely agree with the heavenly brunches served in USA, but I’ve tried and I just can’t get my taste buds around crispy bacon and maple syrup – the two should ne’er meet!

    Abi King August 12, 2011

    Bacon & maple syrup I can just about manage. But the other day I heard about sausages & maple syrup. A step too far for me. Shudder.

      Ayngelina September 13, 2011

      Sweet always goes with savory. Try bacon and peanut butter sandwiches, surprisingly delicious.

        Abi King September 13, 2011

        Peanut butter and jam was one leap…Now this? Hell, yeah! (PS – can I add Heinz tomato ketchup too?!)

          Nomadic Samuel September 14, 2011

          I once tried a sandwich with peanut butter, bacon & turkey! It was delicious :)

          Abi King September 15, 2011

          Hmmmmmmm…My list of dubious sounding sandwiches to try is growing longer.

Raymond @ Man On The Lam September 14, 2011

I want those signs. Okay, make with the pancakes too. :)

    Abi King September 15, 2011

    I want the signs too! They can keep the rooster, though…

Erica September 14, 2011

Shaun made pancakes this morning… still does not match to good ol’ breakfasts from home.

    Abi King September 15, 2011

    My homemade pancakes tend to resemble scrambled/burnt eggs…Not a strong point of mine…

Michael Hodson September 15, 2011

Not often I get to say that I have been to a place in a foodie post, but… I have been here! Key West is one of my favorite places and hit this spot last time I was there, though I didn’t have this meal.

    Abi King September 15, 2011

    How about one of the showers….?!

Margo September 17, 2011

Beautiful photos! I used to love blueberry pancakes, until I … let’s just say until I didn’t. What a perfect Key West kind of place. We really think of it as almost being another country down there. In my SC neighborhood, the woman who kept chickens ended up in court and on the local news :)

    Abi King September 25, 2011

    Thanks for sparing us the gory details! Yes, I’m constantly amazed at how different-yet-similar the US is. The landscape and local traditions change so much, yet so much is still the same. It’s a fascinating country to visit.

Alison September 18, 2011

Mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. That’s all there is to say really :-)

Blueberry pancakes are my favorite! I used to make them every Sunday after a long bike ride.

    Abi King September 25, 2011

    I’ve clearly missed a trick here. I’ve only ever made (thin) pancakes for Shrove Tuesday/pancake day, with not a blueberry in sight. I’ll have to dig out an American recipe to work out how to get them fluffy like that…

Emily September 23, 2011

Yes, we Americans do love our brunch, especially pancakes :) One of my favorites is pumpkin pancakes, though blueberry pancakes are delish, too. Great pics!

    Abi King September 25, 2011

    Never heard of pumpkin pancakes…Oh, let me go back to taste more!

dtravelsround September 26, 2011

Oh, YUM!! And, love the signs. Cheeky!! And, pumpkin pancakes … a MUST!

Abi King October 21, 2011

So much more of the States to see!

Sofie November 2, 2012

In Vegas I had a huge flapjack with mango and cocos. Mmmm delicious as well.

And Key West is going on my ‘to visit’ list:-)

    Abi King November 13, 2012

    I still haven’t made it to Vegas yet. I have images of feeling like a miniature pixie surounded by giant mountains of food and flashing lights!

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