Best Bets for Homestyle Comfort Food in Naples, Florida

Naples has been proclaimed a top U.S. foodie city by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, and that has a lot to do with its recent daring, break out of the mold cuisine. But for those who savor a good, hot, hearty, homemade repast, Naples offers a number of neighborhood cafes and restaurants where you will feel right at home. Most of these serve breakfast and lunch only in something of a retro, diner setting. Others, however, reflect Naples’ diversity with not necessarily typical American comfort food. Take for instance the Oyster House Restaurant in Everglades City. Most Americans would not consider frog legs and alligator tail comfort food, but that’s exactly what Everglades folk consider it. At Patric’s in Naples, the comfort food actually takes a turn for healthy with special gluten free Paleo diet menus featuring meat and leafy veggies.  

This list includes both of these unusual homestyle options as well as the ultimate ethnic comfort food – pizza and pasta – plus the all-American and Southern style diners where biscuits and gravy, country fried steak, meatloaf, juicy burgers, pot roast and mashed potatoes and homemade fruit or key lime pie sate that specific appetite that only homemade comfort dishes can. 

Breakfast Plus
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Marco Island has a wealth of places devoted to breakfast; this one has the widest, most original and globally inspired selection of them all. Its two dining areas and counter are nothing fancy, occupying a corner of Marco Town Center. House...  Read More

Peppi's Pizzeria
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Naples has no shortage of pizzerias serving Italian comfort food along with subs and pies. This one is your typical strip mall variety with a strong local following. It is cliché down to the grape vine motif oil cloth on the tables and its...  Read More

Snook Inn
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Chickee bars are a signature form of the Naples area party scene, and at Snook Inn the open-air thatched roof structure also draws a lunch crowd looking for eye candy with their meal. The chickee at Snook Inn overlooks the Intracoastal...  Read More

Lulu B's Grill & Cafe
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In retro diner style, Lulu B's rock and rolls back to an era of juke boxes and cherry cokes. Take a booth or a stool at the counter for breakfast or dinner. Bacon and cheddar pancakes, country fried steak, corned beef hash and an egg whites and...  Read More

Oyster House Restaurant
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The essence of the Everglades, it serves the requisite fried froglegs, alligator tail, stone crab claws and other seafood in addition to its namesake dish. Try the sauteed gator nuggets appetizer with chips and homemade pico de gallo, fried...  Read More

Spanky's Speakeasy
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As its name suggests, this is an old-school kind of place that still does a salad bar and throws back to the classic comedy series "Spanky and Our Gang." It has been a Naples fixture since the '80s. Happily, the prices are a bit of a...  Read More

Trail Cafe & Grill
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As cheerful as a grandmother's dining room, Trail Cafe welcomes diners from the neighborhood and beyond who relish its brand of good old made from scratch cooking for breakfast and lunch. the extensive menus cover everything from pancakes,...  Read More

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Patric's has a split personality. On one hand, the charming little retro café loads up diners on comfort food such as muffins, pot roast skillet and bacon benedict for breakfast; and deep fried hot dogs and bacon and pbj sandwiches for lunch....  Read More

Joe's Diner
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Eat at Joe's! the sign outside commands, predictably. The popular North Naples diner is cliche in many ways – from its counter seating to its comfort food. Checkered tablecloths under glass top the usually packed tables. Photos of Frank...  Read More

Old 41 Restaurant
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Open for breakfast and lunch only (until 3 p.m.), it tastes like eating at home - especially if you are from Philly. Then you will likely order the Philly Breakfast with Taylor pork roll or scrapple or the Philly cheese steak served on genuine,...  Read More


Meet Chelle Koster Walton

Chelle Koster Walton – the Local Expert for Naples, Florida and the Caribbean – has been covering the destination for 30 years. Her top-selling Sarasota, Sanibel Island, and...  More About Chelle

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