Cosse’s on the Beach is the second outpost for owner Mike Cosse, serving breakfast and late-night menus that he doesn’t offer in Milton, some 30 minutes north. We arrive early on a Tuesday, when there’s a $8 bottomless mimosa special. Cosse’s is attached to The Beach Bar, so if you’re looking for something stronger than mimosas and Bloody Marys, you don’t have to go far.
Mimosas come in clear plastic cups. Our waitress leaves a extra orange juice so we can doctor them as we like. Coffee arrives in paper cups and food on paper plates. Wooden tables line the room, and an oyster-tiled bar sits in the middle. Two TVs show Chive antics—puppies doing adorable things, kids skating down mountains, epic wipe-outs, and the like.
A honey butter gator biscuit comes swimming in a heavy-handed spill of honey. You know that middle bite of a well-dressed honey biscuit that’s soaked through with sweet, salty goodness? That’s the entire biscuit here. The gator does taste a lot like chicken but with a touch of gameyness; and it is firmer. Its thick, sweet coating has a nice crunch.
The bacon po boy is like a great, simple sandwich met a great, simple breakfast. There’s a fresh baguette with soft insides and a crunchy shell. Perfectly fried eggs and chewy bacon. Tomato, pickles, lettuce. Yum.
I’m a sucker for muffalettas, and here you’ll find a burrito version. Again, nothing fancy. It’s a flavorful combination of olives, ham, salami, and mortadella mixed with scrambled eggs and wrapped in a flour tortilla. It comes with some tangy mayonnaise, but I think that’s an unnecessary addition to the collage of things already going on.
Benedicts include alligator, crab, and crawfish as well as one that combines small, plump shrimp and flavorful tasso ham. They come drenched in Hollandaise that is delicious.
Cosse—pronounced “Co-say”—is passionate about sharing his love for eclectic New Orleans flavors with those around him. We are glad he does. This funky beach spot is like a little slice of The Big Easy.