Sometimes you find the best restaurants just off the beaten path. The Ole Coffee House in Wildwood Florida is a really good example. Don’t be fooled by your first impression of the building exterior. If we had, we’d have missed out on one of the best breakfasts in Central Florida.
Just outside of the Villages in north Florida on Highway 301 is The Old Coffee House’s white and brown building that’s absolutely seen better days – both inside and out. Here you’re really stepping back in time. This place is authentic since 1946 with the current owners running the place for the past 25 years. Chairs and tables are well worn with 50+ years of customers. The dining area is divided into two rooms – the larger main dining area with cashier stand and the side room with their buffet.
The waitress (Wanda) is as southern as they come and immediately greeted us with waters and tea. I ordered my usual unsweetened tea and only realized after Wanda walked away that she’d mentioned having sweet tea. Darn, I missed my chance to try real Southern Sweet Tea.
The Old Coffee House menu is surprisingly simple – not like the diners that have pages and pages of options. Here it’s simple. Only four or five specials with several omelete and griddle options. For lunch, it’s even simpler with salads, burgers or their “All You Can Eat Buffet”. We’ll be back for the buffet on another trip.
The Light Breakfast $6.95 – Two over medium eggs, pure pork pan sausage patties, potatoes and toast. First impression was this is a very nice dish. The potatoes were fresh cut, the sausage had LOTS of flavor and the eggs were out of this world. And yes, I just complimented a fried egg.
But these eggs were great and the yokes were a deep orange color. A quick check online confirmed the deep orange color means a very happy and healthy hen.
Grandma’s Favorite $7.95 – Two eggs, biscuit and Mamie’s Sawmill Gravy and smoked bacon.
I LOVE biscuits and gravy and they didn’t let me down here. We eat with your eyes first and my eyes could clearly see the specks of pepper and seasoning in the gravy. On a scale of 1 to 10, this was a 10. I should have taken an AFTER photo of the plate because it was cleaned spotless.
The real entertainment here is from the locals that dine here so keep your ears open to the conversations at the other tables. I was entertained by an elderly couple behind me talking about extreme political views as well and their “medicinal” crop.
Now in all fairness, I need to caution on possibly experiencing “too much” of The Ole Coffee House. But for those who want the ultimate experience, peek your head in the kitchen on your way to the restroom. No spoilers here, but we’d LOVE to hear and share your comments on what you saw in both places.
The breakfast bill was less than $17 for the two of us which was a great deal. Next visit we’ll plan on the $9.95 buffet which includes soup, salad and dessert. For staying open as long as this place has, The Ole Coffee House is definitely doing something right. We found real home cooking, cheap prices and honest southern hospitality. The Ole Coffee House is located at 610 N Main St. (US 301) Wildwood FL 34785.