Roberts Place Café is an old family home, divided into three charming dining rooms.
The Roberts family allotted one room for their father, Colonel Lawrence Roberts, a crew member of the famous Tuskegee pilot, and another for his wife Lucimarian.
The first room you enter, with a few tables and a cash register, is a montage of the family’s most famous, Robin Roberts’ Good Morning America’s. This café describes itself as a café that serves South American food in a casual atmosphere, and is all about family.
Owner Dorothy Roberts says her motto is “Cook with Love and Serve with Pride” and it shows. Roberts is full of smiles and the smell of good food coming out of the kitchen.
It’s another principle Dorothy insists on sticking to: a pleasant environment, good service and good food is what makes this place work. And a lot of the good food they serve here is family tradition.
All about comfort food, like the red bean and rice Monday special served with sausage and cornbread. Nest is called one of the best selling breakfast selections. It’s a classic combination of two sunny-side up eggs and bacon in a nest of hash browns made with peppers and onions. Simple but delicious.
Breakfast at Roberts Place follows the suite, with a plate of eggs, grits, hash browns, bacon, or sausage. There’s also a bacon and egg sandwich that Lucimarian Roberts loved to serve to her (Lucimarian) children. Robin Roberts special, RRR, is two egg whites scrambled with the same options on both sides. A favorite on the breakfast menu should be the sausage biscuit with gravy, shrimp and grits.
A mainstay on the lunch menu are burgers, three in all. The Bass burger comes with French fries and dill pickles but is also topped with Colonel Roberts’ Asian BBQ sauce. Dorothy told me that Colonel Roberts didn’t invent the sauce, but he would have approved it! He was based in Japan and developed his passion for Japanese food. There is also a grilled tuna sandwich, a beef tenderloin sandwich, shrimp and grits, and a few salads. There are also a few traditional sandwiches, such as chicken salad and the classic BLT. If you like sweets, Roberts has ice cream and some pretzels.
Roberts Place Café is as homey and fun little café as you will find. It is truly a family business, and everyone feels right at home. The food is simple but good and worth the drive from anywhere on the coast.
Close by, Robins Nest is a family gift shop and definitely worth a visit as well.
if you go
Address: 233 Davis Ave., Pass Christian
Hours of Operation: 7:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Closed Wednesday and Sunday.