Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

For the last day of our Zumba Convention road trip, we originally planned to just hit the road straightaway. But, after getting rained out the day before, we decided to spent just a short time at the beach before heading home.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

The Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort is beautiful, and of course the weather was just perfect on the day we were leaving. From the beach to the pools, I definitely want to come back here!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

We decided to hit up the Omni’s Sunrise Café for a quick breakfast. I had no intentions of getting the breakfast buffet, but I decided to take a look at it out of curiosity. The Omni’s breakfast buffet turned out to be the best breakfast buffet I think I’ve seen, mostly because of all of the health-conscious options, homemade goodies, and local choices. I had to try it!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Look at this cool honeycomb contraption.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

The honey drips down and into this little jar. I took a small spoonful to put on top of some oatmeal. I love honey in oatmeal.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Do you see what I see? Almond milk, Chobani, and another great yogurt option. I don’t see these options often…maybe it’s where I live and travel, but still. I was impressed.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Healthy dried fruit cereal toppings}

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Homemade granola – nice!}

I added some of the homemade granola to my plate to taste. It was delicious!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I wanted a little bit of everything on this line of hot food, but I was short on stomach space. I did try the grits, which came from the Carolinas!

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Steel cut oatmeal is always a nice touch in my opinion. They had some great toppings just next to the big pot of oats, including some whole pecans.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

If I remember correctly, many of these breads are baked on site.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I think they made some of the jams, too.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{Pastries and specialty butters}

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

One of the best features of the Sunrise Café is that it’s on the beach side of the Omni Amelia Island, so you get a great view of the ocean…and if you wake up early enough – the sunrise.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Sarah got the French toast, which looked absolutely delicious and came with some sort of peach topping.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I didn’t take pictures of it, but there was also a cool omelet bar where you could get some great mixins, including local shrimp. I went for spinach, ham, cheddar cheese, and onions.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I only wished I had room to eat more. Everything looked so delicious.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

{The view from our hotel room}

After a quick change, we headed to the beach.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

I loved the canopy-covered beach chairs.

The beach was lovely – the sand, the breeze, the water! It was tough to leave, but soon enough, it was time to head home.

Omni Amelia Island and Sunrise Café

And I used one of the beach photos to create a quote graphic with a line from one of my favorite songs.

With our 2014 Zumba Convention road trip done, I was feeling very thankful for the whole experience. Everything happened so fast, it was almost like a dream. I did my best to enjoy every moment, and there were many to love.

Until next year!

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Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

After leaving Zumba Convention 2014, we headed north towards the last stop of our 2014 Zumba Convention road trip – Fernandina Beach, FL, which is on Amelia Island. We decided to stay at one of the hotels I’d researched previously – the Omni Amelia Island Plantation Resort.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We’d planned to spend some QT on the beach, but almost as soon as we went out on the sand, a huge storm rolled in and we got rained out. So, we headed back to the room to plan dinner. We had no reservations at the time, so we had plenty of options to choose from. I remembered enjoying all the restaurants hubby and I had visited the year before in the downtown area of Amelia Island. But, with the storm going on, we decided to stay on the Omni grounds. They Omni had a sprawling area of restaurants, shops, and activities. I hadn’t realized how much the Omni had to offer until we got there. Bonus – everything was available via a free shuttle bus.

After researching the Omni restaurants, we decided to check out Verandah Restaurant since they were the one with the signature of using local ingredients. After experiencing dinner there, I can say we made the right choice.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

One of the things that drew me to their menu was their cocktail menu. They had some really unique combinations. I tried the Stormy Chai, which was really refreshing.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

Sarah and I spotted several things we wanted to try on Verandah’s regular menu, but we couldn’t pass on the Verandah Sunday Supper – multiple courses for only $24. It was a steal.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We started with Verandah Restaurant’s house cornbread, yeast rolls, and signature corn coup. The bread came with butter with black salt on top, which was a luxurious and flavorful touch. I remembered seeing the corn soup on the menu and thinking it sounded interesting but not like something I would normally order. I would have been mistaken for not trying this one. It was delicious. I loved everything about it – the flavor, the texture, the creaminess, and how you could dunk pieces of the cornbread into the soup (a tip from our awesome waiter).

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

The simple salad (succotash greens, and red wine vinaigrette) was light but tasty. The succotash seemed like another signature item, so I was glad we got to try it. Succotash seems like one of those things that can often be overcooked, but this was version was nice and crisp-tender.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

The real statement came with the next course. The main dishes were stacked on cylindrical pieces of wood for a beautiful presentation. The sides were served just in front. Everything tasted as good as it looked. For the sides, we had: mashed potatoes and brussels sprouts. At the top, you see local fried shrimp and pimento cheese hush puppies (oh yes, they went there!). The mains were pepper crusted steak and mahi mahi.

Upon ordering, our waiter told us the steak would be served medium rare. I know it’s not very foodie, but I like my steak medium well thanks to growing up eating steak cooked well done. Medium to medium well is about as rare as I get these days, though I’m working on going more rare. Since our waiter didn’t ask us how we wanted the steak, I figured I should just roll with it. I’m glad I did. I’ve had steak accidentally cooked less than medium before, and I wasn’t a fan. But this steak was perfect just like the chef made it. It was tender and delicious. Yup, Verandah’s chef made me like medium rare steak.

Sarah and I thoroughly enjoyed working our way through all the other dishes. We were at a food party, and we were partying hard, enjoying each and every bite.

Verandah Restaurant, Amelia Island

We were stuffed after the previous course, but we had to make room for dessert – banana pudding. I was glad this dessert was on the light side since I was already trying to figure out the best way to roll myself out of the restaurant. The banana pudding was the cherry on top of this fantastic meal. Somehow, we had little trouble finding space for this tasty dessert.

Before I wrap this post, I have to add that we loved the ambiance and service of Verandah. Our waiter took great care of us and the feel of the restaurant was upscale but still relaxed and somewhat casual – a tough balance. We liked how the restaurant was surrounded by lots of greenery. Sitting by the window, you almost felt like you were dining in a garden.

From the excellent service to the delicious food, we really enjoyed our dinner experience at Verandah Restaurant. The Sunday Supper is a great deal I recommend taking advantage of if you’re in the area and they’re still offering it. But, I’d absolutely come back here on any other night, deal or no deal, just to enjoy the food and overall dining experience.

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Next time – my ideal breakfast buffet and a couple beach photos!

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