Cheap Eats: La Casita's Bargain Breakfast

The Pub at La Casita serves up made-to-order fare

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  • “I come here for prices, portions and service. It’s excellent here,” Burnett said.
  • For $3.45, guests can order two eggs, home fries or grits, toast and coffee, or a full stack of pancakes with home fries or grits, toast and coffee for $4.75.
  • “We’re a neighborhood pub and we’re trying to keep it regular price for the regulars — the neighbors,” Cervin said.

La Casita Mexican Restaurant

1817 San Marco Road, Marco

1817 San Marco Road
Marco, FL
Phone: 239-642-7600

Head south for a taste of old Mexico. Don't go south of the border, but south to Marco Island and the charming La Casita Mexican Restaurant. La Casita combines hearty Tex-Mex cooking with fresh produce, meats and seafood while offering ...

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About 7 a.m., most days of the week, Michael Burnett gets off the night shift within walking distance of The Pub at La Casita, a 56-seat restaurant attached to La Casita, with Spanish-inspired water scenes painted on the walls. Burnett usually sits up at the bar and orders eggs, bacon, home fries and an English muffin. It costs him around $5.

“I come here for prices, portions and service. It’s excellent here,” Burnett said.

Before the restaurant started serving breakfast, Burnett ate lunch there quite a bit, but now breakfast fills him up for both meals. It’s perfect,” Burnett said.

Owner Scott Cervin and his business partner, Chuck Freeland, wanted to offer patrons breakfast and coffee for under $5. With 14 breakfast items on the menu for that price, The Pub sees its biggest breakfast crowds between 7 and 9 a.m. “I always wanted breakfast, but didn’t want to step on any toes,” Cervin said. A diner in the same plaza was serving breakfast, but it closed.

Cervin also wanted to emphasis the price points of the new menu. For $3.45, guests can order two eggs, home fries or grits, toast and coffee, or a full stack of pancakes with home fries or grits, toast and coffee for $4.75. “I like my pancakes, and I like my eggs and black, hot coffee,” Cervin said.

When it’s time to splurge, patrons, including Cervin, go with the Big Daddy for $7.25. It includes three eggs, pancakes, bacon and sausage, home fries, toast and coffee. “It’s a lot of food,” he said.

Chef Juan Aguirre has cooked breakfast at other places and couldn’t wait to get his hands on creating a menu. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, with island-style and Mexican entrees. “I’ve been doing breakfast for a long time,” he said.

A few of his favorite dishes include the huevos rancheros, with four eggs, open faced, on two stacked soft tortillas topped with salsa for $5.45; and the wet burrito, with scrambled eggs, mushrooms, green peppers, onions, sausage and cheese rolled in a flour tortilla and smothered with chili for $6.45. All are offered with the same choice of home fries, grits, toast and coffee.

“We’re a neighborhood pub and we’re trying to keep it regular price for the regulars — the neighbors,” Cervin said. As part of providing that neighborhood connection, the Pub will help host a poker run fundraiser for Olivia Davis, a little girl who needed brain surgery. Motorcyclists participating in the event can get free breakfast before they ride on Sept. 5.

The Pub at La Casita is located at 1817 San Marco Road. Phone: 642-7600.

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