BREVARD COUNTY — The Somers family knows how to create an excellent dining service, and with 25 years of experience, customers keep coming back for the delicious food at Somers Sunshine Café.
Skilled in the ways of breakfast and lunch, the kitchen serves an array of comfort foods that does not disappoint.
Breakfast is served all day, and varieties of items are readily available to choose from whatever food the diner might be craving. Pancakes, waffles, crepes, omelets and French toast make up a good portion of the menu, while burgers, wraps, sandwiches, soups and salads are among the lunch items.
Entrees include fried or grilled chicken, sirloin steak, pot roast, country fried steak, turkey and stuffing, and fish and chips.
Previously established as an IHOP restaurant that has been serving the Palm Bay community for 25 years, Quintin and Jo Somers retained and renovated the business in August of 2019. IHOP was no longer renewing its franchises in Florida and the Somers chose to keep the restaurant open under a new name, according to Tom Nierengarten, co-manager of Somers Sunshine Café.
The regulars can still enjoy the cozy atmosphere and updated menu while new customers delight in discovering a family-run business.
“We have the freedom to run our own specials and be creative,” said Tyler Somers, manager of Somers Sunshine Café. “We have great food, great staff and we love to see the smiling faces that come in.”
“One of the things that surprised me is the number of customers that are grateful that we’re still open,” added Mr. Nierengarten. “They’re very appreciative of the idea that this is still a restaurant that they want to come to.”
Inside Somers Sunshine Café, there is plenty of sunshine, space for large parties and a friendly environment. Both Mr. Somers and Mr. Nierengarten come out from time to time to greet customers and check on their meals, and each table is spotless.
Before coming inside, customers can browse the menu online or by downloading the Somers Sunshine Café app on their phone. Customers can also order online and save 20% off their first order.
Choosing what to eat was a tough decision for my guest and I as we sat at a booth by the window. New menu items caught our eye such as the peanut butter and chocolate pancakes, and the stuffed French toasted donuts.
My guest settled for the Two Pancake Special, which included eggs, breakfast meat and pancakes. His bacon was perfect at a happy medium between crispy and soft, and the pancakes were the right portion for a breakfast plate.
Syrups are available at each table, and customers can choose from old-fashioned maple syrup to blueberry, butter pecan and strawberry.
“One of the defining features of a good breakfast café are their eggs,” my guest said. “A good dish of scrambled eggs can be oftentimes difficult to execute, but mine weren’t rubbery as I tend to get from most restaurants.”
My meal, on the other hand, consisted of a fried chicken sandwich and fries, which honestly could rival a few well-known chains. My buttermilk chicken was wonderfully crispy, and the sandwich tasted as delectable as the scent wafting from it when my waitress set it down before me.
The chicken sandwich came with lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles, pepper jack cheese and mayonnaise on an artisan bun. The sandwich can come in barbeque or buffalo if requested, in addition to a side of onion rings.
There was no other way to end our dining experience but by sharing a chocolate milkshake, which came in a classic tall glass with whipped cream and a cherry on top.
Overall, our experience at the Sunshine Café was an excellent one, and we’ll definitely be coming back again.
Somers Sunshine Café is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. It is located at 1107 Malabar Road, in Palm Bay.
For more information, call (321) 676-6410 or visit www.somerssunshinecafe.com.