83 Harbor Drive
Key Biscayne, FL 33149
Years ago when things were cheaper I could afford to live on Key Biscayne. And so I did, from 1993 to 1996.
A lot has changed on the Key since then, but the Donut Gallery Diner remains as pleasant as ever.
I lived a short walk from the Donut Gallery Diner. It soon became my favorite place for breakfast and lunch.
It had been around a long time in my day, and is now more than 50 years old.
Walking into this small place always felt like a homecoming because of the friendly owners and staff and some familiar customers.
Most of the customers were locals or people who worked on the Key and came over daily from Miami on the mainland.
It always seemed to me there were very few tourists among the crowd.
Most of the time I came in alone and sat on one of the stools at the counter.
The special here is their "World Famous Ted's Special. It's 1 or 2 eggs with bacon, ham, cheese, tomato, and open faced eggs on an English muffin.
Another favorite is "French Toast Ted's Special", this is also 1 or 2 eggs with bacon, cheese, tomato and eggs between slices of French toast.
There are many more tasty specials. My favorite was always the "Key Biscayner", which is 2 pancakes, 2 eggs, 2 slices of bacon or ham or sausage, and grits or hash browns.
Lunch is served all day long if you don't feel like breakfast. Goodies include a steak sandwich, a chicken breast hoagie, club sandwich, patty melt, Philly Cheese Steak, BLTs and more.
They also have a wide selection of salads.
All meals come with unlimited coffee. You can also have iced tea or coffee, hot tea, cortadito, colada, and cafe con leche.
They are most famous for the fresh pressed orange juice made right before your eyes.
Beer, wine, and champagne are available, and you can also enjoy a milkshake or hot chocolate.
Donut Gallery Diner is open every day from 6am to 3pm. They close early on Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July.
Its Cuban-American founders value the celebration of freedom.
You can't go wrong eating here.