RATINGS CHANGE ALERT!!!!!!
I ate at Banana River Cafe today. I had previously removed them from the top 5 list due to inconsistent service and food execution. Today was more of the same. I found out there is a new owner. This probably explains the problems. The ingredient quality has plummeted. Big Boy is downgrading to 4 Stars
This restaurant has begun to grasp the new food movement. Leaning toward fresher ingredients with unique flavors. Had the breakfast bowl. Let me say that is the MOST understated name of any item I have ever ordered. You are served a bowl of seasoned grits mixed with Gouda cheese, then spiced. On top of the grits are two sunny side up eggs. On top of that is pulled pork with charro sauce.
The mix of flavors in this bowl are AMAZING. From top to bottom this is the signature item. I also ordered blueberry, ricotta and almond pancakes. They were fluffy and full of flavor.
FOOD IS 5 stars. The service is impeccable. I would need to dig deep to find a single criticism. If I did it would be the atmosphere and the noise. HOWEVER, the food is so outstanding that these minor annoyances are insignificant. My suggestion stealing from the great former mayor of Chicago. Eat early and eat often. No better meal to be had on Beachside hands down.