A good rule of thumb for any vacation is to eat where the locals do. Since you may not know any of our locals (yet), here are just a few of their secrets to get you up and at ‘em with a great breakfast:

Punta Gorda

Little Good Times Diner: Enjoy the homey feel, the friendly service, the traditional diner atmosphere, and the tasty food in this family-run spot. We have it on good authority: the omelets are big, the potatoes are very good, and “try the Oatmeal Crusted French Toast.”

Village Fish Market: If starting the day with a truly scrumptious breakfast right on the water sounds lovely, it is! Service starts at 8 am and includes treats like the Bananas Foster Pancakes and Lobster Benedict. Added benefit: savor your meal at your leisure then enjoy exploring the rest of Fishermen’s Village.

Port Charlotte

Zoe’s Sweet Kitchen: Enjoy specialty waffles, breakfast sandwiches, “Eggs in a Big Fat Blanket,” and more. Their a la carte menu makes it easy to build your own best breakfast.

Joseph’s Deli: This local gem has been serving the area since 1999. With daily specials, breakfast specialties, and even entrees that are served all day, you’ll walk away more than satisfied and ready to tackle the rest of the day.

Englewood

Country Hound Café: “Down home” cooking and a welcoming atmosphere are the hallmarks of this local treasure. Their Biscuits and Gravy are rather famous around Englewood.

Zarate’s Family Restaurant: This family-style diner offers tasty and creative breakfast specials like Coconut French Toast and The Cobb Omelet, as well as a welcoming atmosphere and good food. It doesn’t get much better!

After a nice breakfast, you’ll have plenty of energy to enjoy all the delightful activities and attractions in Punta Gorda/Englewood Beach!