The Ghost has been to the Blind Monk several times, and so this is a "solid review." If you are looking for a nice quiet spot for an interesting breakfast and great a cup of coffee (in TG's humble opinion) you should check out the Blind Monk. TG rates the Monk as a "B" a better than average rating. The only thing that prevents a higher rating is the limited menu, lack of many "traditional breakfast items," and lack of daily specials.
The Blind Monk is located in the infamous "Chinese Dry-Wall Building" otherwise known as "The Whitney Condominiums" (a sad story for the original condo owners). The Blind Monk is located on Evernia St between South Quadrille Blvd (Route 1) and South Dixie Highway (Route 5) in downtown West Palm Beach (WPB). It is a bit difficult to find and easy to pass on the street. There is metered parking on the street but limited. It is located close to the new WPB Brightline train station.
Surprisingly the Monk is rarely busy for breakfast. It has several tables including a couple outdoors tables and a bar with several places to sit to eat. The menu is limited to 10 items (3 hot items - egg dishes), but given the limited offerings, they are very interesting options: Dutch Baby Pancake, Six-minute egg with prosciutto, Acai bowl, quinoa & almonds with goji berries, and a very nice niman ranch bacon and egg biscuit. The food is well presented.
The dining area is a bit small (but with very high ceilings) and it might be difficult to seat parties larger than four people in the same spot. It is casual with a European flair. No music in the background and is normally a very quiet place that attracts a small, young professional crowd for breakfast. It is frequented by locals but is also part of a regular WPB "food tour" for a late breakfast stop.
Service has been excellent in all TG's experiences.
The "facilities" are well maintained. The Blind Monk also offers small plate meals in the evenings (please note this is NOT a review for dinner - which will be included in a separate future review).
The Ghost thinks the coffee may be the best in the city and refills are free.
After breakfast, you can take the Brightline train to Fort Lauderdale (in the future also to Miami and Orlando). The restaurant appears to do a good "takeout" (or if you are from Europe "take-away") breakfast business. If you want a cup of coffee before your train trip or some carry on food, this might be an option over the small café in the Brightline station. The Monk is located a couple of blocks from both Clematis Street and City Place. Clematis Street has a few art galleries and a large number of restaurants and bars; limited shopping otherwise. You are also about a short 5-minute walk to CityPlace where there are a variety of stores/shops and additional restaurants.
Bottom-line - If you are looking for a unique place for breakfast with interesting food, check out the Blind Monk.
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