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Top 5 Places for Breakfast on Palafox

Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Dog House Downtown

Scientists, grandmothers, and health professionals will tell you that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And I am here to tell you that I agree.


As a loyalist and lover of all things breakfast, these local spots below are on auto-rotation as places I crave to eat. Below I’ll share 5 of my favorite places to find a bangin’ breakfast on Palafox Street.

Palafox Street, located in the heart of Downtown Pensacola, is home to good eatin’, enjoying history, and crafty drinks. Can we just give downtown a round of applause for how vibrant it has become in the last couple of decades?

As more of a day walker vs a night crawler, breakfast time has always been more of my scene. These five breakfast spots are a special treat to Pensacola. Each offers its own flavor and feel, while also making me want to eat breakfast for every meal!

BarSteak, 19 S Palafox St.
Newer to the block and quickly becoming a local favorite place to eat, BarSteak offers breakfast Monday – Saturday, 7 AM – 10 AM. Chef Jacob and his team bring years of culinary experience. Their breakfast menu features plates like Steak & Eggs, Omelets, and a flavorful selection of toasts. You can smell what their cooking from all the way down the street!

Dog House, 30 S Palafox St.
For over four decades, the Dog House has been a staple on Palafox Street. Iconically known for its hotdogs and hotspot for local seafood, the Dog House has also been known for having the best breakfast this side of the Mississippi. I’d recommend the Gulf Shrimp & Grits, Pork Belly Biscuits & Gravy, and their Breakfast Burritos. Just to name a few! Every single item on the menu tastes like it was made in your mamas’ kitchen. Southern charm and a lot of love. Breakfast is served Mondays through Saturday 8 AM to 11 AM. Their crew is always ready with a hot pot of coffee and greeting you by name when you walk in the door.

Fosko,  8 S Palafox Pl.
Fosko is known for its delicious coffee, flavorful crepes, and handcrafted pastries.  (These pastries are bigger than most ovens can bake!) The ambiance is welcoming and cozy, making a great spot to stop for a working breakfast or casual meet. The crepes are my go-to on the menu, as they have a variety of flavors. You can find something sweet, savory, or both! Fosko is open Monday – Sunday, 6:30 AM – 8 PM.

Polonza, 286 N Palafox St.
Heading north up Palafox Street, you’ll find Polonza, a corner cafe with a homestyle breakfast served Monday – Friday 8 AM – 3 PM. They also do brunch on Saturday and Sunday! Find me ordering the Toad in the Hole with an Iced Coffee after touring the Palafox Market just across the street. The restaurant features a wide-open dining area, coffee bar, and outdoor patio seats. Great for a bigger group with hungry bellies!

Ruby Slipper, 509 S Palafox St.
Originally born in New Orleans, Ruby Slipper blessed Pensacola with a flare of flavor when they made their way to Palafox Street. Known for their huge biscuits and flavored French Toasts of the week, Ruby Slipper is a go-to spot for a big appetite and tasty treat. Their menu makes it hard to decide on what you are going to get, so go in knowing that you will be happy with whatever comes out. I’m willing to bet! Open Monday – Friday, 7 AM – 2 PM, and weekends from 7 AM – 3 PM.

From one breakfast lover to another, bon appetit!

Local Pulse Staff Writer & Breakfast Connoisseur, Makenna Curtis