Haley Haman · Mar 6, 2019 · 3 min read
Whether you're grabbing a morning coffee, or stopping in for a bite to eat, Banyan Cafe offers various coffee, espresso and tea options, breakfast (served all day), lunch and brunch, and yes...there's more! They also have wine and beer, house-made pastries on the weekends, and a catering menu. They are part of the Morean Arts Center complex, across from the Chihuly Collection, and near many local shops right on Central Ave. I would say Banyan Cafe is the ideal location for a day exploring Central, with a ton of food and drink options!
Let's get into my favorites!
This Mocha Latte is calling your name if you enjoy a sweet, but not too sweet, and smooth freshly brewed coffee. Banyan gets their coffee from Buddy Brew Coffee, a local company based in Tampa that serves up their specialty roasts across the Bay. I would recommend this if you're looking for a warm and cozy drink to sip on.
My absolute favorite breakfast is waffles, so when I saw them on the menu I didn't hesitate. They're served warm with fresh strawberries and bananas, house-made whipped cream and maple syrup. Since breakfast is served all day, you don't have to be an early bird to try this delicious meal!
My go-to drink at any coffee shop is an iced coffee with almond milk, so I tried that, with vanilla flavor. They have various flavors like vanilla, mocha, caramel, hazelnut and more. This drink was refreshing and just what I needed in the middle of my work day!
Banyan offers the most perfect breakfast sandwich with two eggs either scrambled or fried, white cheddar cheese and a choice of spinach or bacon, served on toasted Cuban bread. You can't go wrong with this one! It was fresh and delicious, and very filling.
A friend of mine got a fruit smoothie with mango, banana and strawberries. I tried a sip and thought it was refreshing and sweet, in a healthy way! They make their fruit smoothies from scratch with fresh fruit and absolutely no added sugars or syrup. I would go back to get this for myself if I'm looking for a cold and delicious drink.
Their avocado toast is insane! As you can see in the photo, they do not skimp out on this meal. First impression, I was a little nervous. All of the avocado toast I've tried was always simple: avocado, toast, maybe salt. At Banyan, they start with multigrain toast, then the fresh avocado which is topped with toasted pesto pumpkin seeds and chipotle-lime salt. Each bite was fully packed with the salt flavor from the seeds and chipotle-lime salt, and it was delicious. If you prefer savory vs sweet, you gotta try this!
Back to the sweets, their salted caramel iced latte was a delicious sugar rush in a cup. It reminded me of a Starbuck's caramel frappuccino, which is more of a dessert drink in my opinion. It was easy to slurp down since it was so sweet!
This coffee shop and cafe has everything going for it: fresh and locally brewed coffee, a unique and flavorful menu, and the charming location along Central Ave. You can't go wrong with a trip to Banyan Cafe!
Funky, modern coffee shop serving New American breakfast & lunch fare plus weekend brunch.