Sky Blue Cafe
Reviewed By Clay
I’ve been to Sky Blue several times and each time I’ve debated reviewing it. On the one hand, it’s a great spot. On the other hand, it’s tiny and I don’t want it to be any more crowded when I go in for breakfast. In the end, I decided that y’all simply needed to know about Sky Blue Cafe, it’s too good not to share!
Sky Blue Cafe is in the Historic Edgefield neighborhood of East Nashville, on the corner of Fatherland and 7th. It is a tiny cafe, with about a dozen small tables in front and a little kitchen in back. Apparently good things do come in small packages.
Sky Blue’s menu is small but features a nice variety. Their most unique and probably most famous item is their stuffed French Toast Pancakes (also available non-stuffed). This super decadent breakfast dish is more like a big sweet sandwich than a stuffed pastry. Two pieces of French Toast with Nutella and banana (or other sweets) sandwiched between are then “stuffed” between two pancakes! Wow. Someone at your table needs to get it just so everyone can see it! They also have regular pancakes and French toast, several delicious Benedicts, breakfast burritos, sandwiches, and bowls as well as classic breakfast plates. Additionally, they offer a variety of lunch sandwiches (including a burger) and recently started offering dinner specials. I’ve only been for breakfast, which is what I’ll focus on for the rest of this review.
First things first, Sky Blue has excellent beverages. The coffee is absolutely fantastic, and so is the fresh squeezed orange juice. So good. They also offer mimosas, bloody Mary’s and a variety of other brunch cocktails. They keep the coffee coming, in big mugs, and if you’re lucky you might even get a table next to the fireplace on a cold morning. The service is always quick and friendly, but the space is small so if there is a wait they will often take your phone number and call you when your table is ready, giving you the option to wait in your car (nice on a cold or rainy day).
On this Saturday morning we arrived right at 8am for a quick breakfast and were quickly seated without a wait. Within 15 minutes though, the cafe was full and there was a short wait for a table. We started with coffee and then the menu deliberations began. Britney settled on the traditional Eggs Benedict and I went with classic French Toast with a side of sausage. Keeping it simple on this visit.
The food came out fairly quickly, and we were immediately pleased. Eggs and french toast are two items that can get cold quickly, but both our dishes were hot and delicious. The smaller portioned but inexpensive French Toast is 2 slices to an order, thick cut “Texas Toast” style bread. It was cooked perfectly, not soggy, not crunchy, just the right amount of batter, and served with a dusting of powdered sugar. It was an excellent, no non-sense execution of a classic breakfast staple, served with warm syrup. The Eggs Benedict was a similarly excellent. Perfectly poached eggs served atop an English muffin and Canadian bacon with hollandaise sauce (quite an internationally diplomatic breakfast). The benny comes with breakfast potatoes and fresh fruit, and this bigger portion is large enough to satisfy a hearty appetite.
Both of our breakfasts were delicious and were perfectly complemented by the great coffee and OJ. We were in and out in under an hour, satisfied, but not uncomfortable full. Whether you’re in the mood for a classic breakfast, something adventurous, or just a great cup of coffee to start your day, you can’t go wrong with Sky Blue Cafe. While I can’t speak to the quality of the lunch sandwiches or dinner specials, if they are anything like the breakfast offerings, your taste buds will not be disappointed. And, with the quaint neighborhood setting and friendly staff, you’re almost guaranteed to leave not only with a full belly, but with a smile on your face as well. Sky Blue Cafe comes highly recommended.