Local Favorites for Breakfast in Naples, Marco Island & Beyond
To fully enjoy a day of fun on Florida’s Paradise Coast, you first need to fuel up. That means breakfast. There are countless restaurants across the Naples area that will serve you the first — and some say most important — meal of the day. They range from eateries within resorts to tiny mom-and-pops.
For this list, we have chosen nine restaurants that are independent and locally owned. Each has its own distinct cuisine, vibe, and location, but they all have one thing in common: The locals love them.
Naples Breakfast & Brunch
Jane’s Garden Cafe on 3rd
The Cove Inn Coffee Shoppe
The Rooster Food+Drink
Marco Island Breakfast Favorites
Doreen’s Cup of Joe
A lot of restaurants claim to use locally and regionally sourced ingredients, but Doreen’s Cup of Joe spells it out right on the top of the menu: Eggland’s Best cage-free brown Eggs; all-natural, preservative-free sausage from Bradley’s Country Store in Tallahassee; milk products from a local farm in Myakka City, and so on. Centrally located on Collier Boulevard, Doreen’s is airy and well-lit, with handsome wood floors. It also features a large area of covered outdoor seating. The vast menu covers the gamut: omelets, skillets, Belgian waffles, French toast and a few Mexican-style entries. Pancake lovers can expand their horizons with Pumpkin Cheesecake, Key Lime, Lemon Ricotta and Baked Apple.
Stonewall’s American Bistro
Set in a classy stand-alone building on Collier Boulevard across from resort row, Stonewall’s American Bistro promises “fine food fast.” After ordering at the counter, you can dine inside or outdoors under an umbrella. Stonewalls’ menu runs the breakfast table: sweet stuff (e.g. Cannoli-stuffed French toast); egg stuff (omelets, Benedicts, burritos); healthy stuff (Avocado Toast); and innovative stuff like the indulgent Crab Cake Benny — poached eggs and two crab cakes on an English muffin topped with Hollandaise and served with seasoned potatoes.
This unpretentious place proudly casts itself as a diner in a resort town not known for them. Situated on the northern part of the island in a shopping center, Hoot’s serves comfort food with some twists. You can create your own omelet — diner style — or opt for something a bit more creative, like the Andouille Scramble or Shrimp & Tomato Benedict. The small (but not cramped) space is unfussy, with basic tables and a small counter. Hoot’s also has a Naples location about nine miles southeast of downtown on U.S. 41.
Everglades City Breakfast & Beyond
The sign on the building says Everglades Fishing Co., but make sure you step inside and navigate through the bait and tackle and convenience-store basics — because a special breakfast awaits. Nely’s Corner proudly calls itself a “scratch kitchen,” and the food lives up to that billing. Carnivores should opt for the Steak & Eggs — petite medallions served in a skillet over breakfast potatoes and eggs your way. For a more Southern twist, there’s Country Fried Steak covered in sausage gravy. Nely’s also serves an array of other breakfast staples — skillets, sandwiches, burritos, pancakes — as well as mouth-watering Chicken & Waffles and Shrimp & Grits (the ultimate Everglades breakfast treat!)