‘Watts for Dinner’: Skillets – Southwest Florida staple is growing by leaps and bounds

Will Watts
The “Two Egg Platter” from Skillets.

Our next dining destination is Skillets with numerous locations from Naples to Venice Beach. We visited the Lely restaurant for this review.

We arrived for a late breakfast and I started with the potato, bacon, and onion frittata ($12.25). According to the menu, it’s finished with a parmesan crust and served with fresh sliced tomatoes. This dish has lots of bacon mixed in, so no complaints here. There were no tomatoes on my dish, but that’s OK. I don’t like ‘em that much anyway.

My dish comes with a choice of Skillet’s “Signature Potatoes,” grits, or a fruit cup, and toast, a scone, or biscuit. I selected the potatoes and wheat toast. The potatoes were like a cheesy delicious casserole. Really good! Other diners may want to pick a different side, as there are some similarities. As for me, there’s no such thing as too much potatoes and cheese.

The potato, bacon, and onion frittata from Skillets.

My dining companion had the “Two Egg Platter” ($11.25). He added cheese to the eggs and sausage links as his meat of choice. You can also choose from Skillet’s “Signature Potatoes,” grits, or a fruit cup, and toast, a scone, or biscuit. He also added a side of sweet-tasting smokehouse bacon ($5.25).  

We also shared some flavored pancakes ($6.50). In this case, cinnamon-crusted. The dish looked like pancakes but tasted more like birthday cakes. And I have zero problem with that. The dish also comes with maple syrup.

We also took home some lunch for later.

Cinnamon-crusted pancakes from Skillets.

I selected the “Tuna Pepper Jack Panini” ($11.50) featuring albacore tuna salad (light on the mayo) with Bermuda onion, pepper jack cheese, and honey mustard on a panini-grilled croissant. I substituted the croissant for bread. Simply amazing!

My partner had the chicken salad croissant ($10.75) with house-made chicken salad, lettuce and tomatoes.

Both meals come with a parmesan potato pancake (yum!), kettle chips, cole slaw, or a fresh fruit cup.

The service is amazing. The atmosphere is country classic. And the cooked-to-perfection food leaves no room to wonder why this Southwest Florida staple is growing by leaps and bounds. Happy eating!

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If you go


  • 7711 Collier Blvd #101, Naples (Lely)
  • 9174 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs
  • 5628 Strand Blvd., Naples
  • 847 Vanderbilt Beach Rd., Naples
  • 8845 Founders Square Drive, Naples
  • 5461 Airport-Pulling Rd., Naples
  • 4170 Tamiami Trail N, Naples
  • Other locations in Fort Myers, Venice and Sarasota
  • 239-732-9786 (Lely)
  • 239-992-9333 (Bonita Springs)
  • skilletsrestaurants.com