At a Glance:
Dick’s is open for business all day, but is most well-known for its breakfast.
When you’re hanging out on the beach after an awesome surf session and everyone’s starving, but not yet ready to stop talking about how amazing the swell was, someone will ask:
Someone else will chuckle, like you just did, and then everyone will regroup around one of the wooden tables at this cute little bakery on the main cabarete drag, to analyze and revisit every wave caught that morning.
I think kiters hang out here too, later in the day… but kiters and surfers are on a completely different schedule, so I’d have to ask one.
Why Dick’s? Speed of service and price quality.
Sure you can find a better breakfast in town, but it won’t get to you fast enough to muzzle that rabid dog tearing at your stomach lining! (Very few activities get you hungrier than a 3 hour sunrise surf session)
And yeah, you can find a cheaper breakfast, any dominican parada will do, but it’ll be loaded with salt and not nearly as nutritious as an English Breakfast (Eggs your way, sausage, bacon, potatoes, pineapple jam, coffee, AND juice) with a side of fresh whole wheat bread. All for about RD$160, $4USD.
Plus the people here get real personal.
The staff is local dominican staff, and these ladies will call you “Mi Amor” right from the get go.
(literally “my love” but it’s more of a “darlin’.” Think american diner waitress calling you “hun” but make her dominican, and take the gum out of her mouth, and you’ve got the right feel)
Service here is friendly and light-hearted, but they care. If you think you got gypped on the potatoes this time around, they’ll put twice as many on your plate before you can finish your sentence.
There’s a good morning-light, and a “Good Morning” feel here.
When we’re usually eating it’s nine-ish and we’ve already had a very productive morning as the hustle-bustle of a town just waking up revs up around us: Camionettas and motos out for morning deliveries, hung-over but wanderlusting tourists walking by with sleep and jet-lag still in their eyes, but we’re all wired on adrenaline.
It’s a good transition. It’s that coffee break to take all the surf energy from the water and project it unto the rest of the day.
Plus Dick’s makes good buns. ;p