‘Watts for Dinner’: An amazing breakfast at the R’s

Will Watts
The sausage, egg and cheese sandwich from The R’s Diner, South Naples.

There are a lot of great breakfast stops on Marco Island – Red Roosters, Hoots, Doreen’s Cup of Joe, Empire Bagel, Stonewalls, Smith House and so many more. Same with South Naples -- were Hoot’s and Empire also have a home, as well as Skillets, Waffle House, Cracker Barrel and Perkins . And they all have one thing in common, I’ve eaten there at least once and likely several times.

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We recently tried a new-for-us breakfast spot in the Hitching Post Plaza in South Naples, the R’s Diner. From Wednesday through Saturday, the diner is open until 8 p.m. And that’s important to me, because sometimes I like having breakfast after 2 p.m. – don’t judge me.   

I was super excited when I saw the menu, because there was a pork loin breakfast listed (I was having First Watch flashbacks). Alas, when you’re late for breakfast you can’t always get what you want.

The farmer’s omelet from The R’s Diner, South Naples.

So, I settled for the sausage patty, egg and cheese sandwich. You can build it on toast, English muffin or bagel. And you can  have hashbrowns or home fries. I choose the latter on both.

The bagel was super fresh. The egg was fried to perfection. But what I loved most was the sausage patty. It looked like it was pressed right there in the restaurant; thin and well done. I loved it. Perhaps the best breakfast sandwich I’ve ever eaten.

The spicy poblano omelet from iHop, East Naples.

My dining companion selected the farmer’s omelet, featuring bacon, sausage (link oddly), mushrooms and onions. You can have your choice of potatoes, toast, English muffin or pancakes. He picked hashbrowns and pancakes.

The omelet was fluffy and looked amazing. He did rightly point out that a farmer’s omelet could use more veggies.  

The R’s did have amazing service and the establishment was very clean.

The next day, we checked another East Naples breakfast spot off our list, iHop.

The build your own omelet from iHop, East Naples.

I selected the spicy poblano omelet, featuring the namesake peppers, red peppers, onions, shredded beef, a blend of cheeses, avocado, poblano cream and chopped serrano peppers.

The only thing too hot for me was the uncooked jalapenos, which I promptly removed. The sauce was good, the avocado was turning black. All and all, I won’t be having this dish again.

My dining companion had the build your own omelet. He selected bacon, mushrooms and cheese. His main complaint was the ingredients are folded into the dish, instead of cooked with it.

Breakfast is an important meal and one of my top three. Happy eating!    

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If you go

The R’s Diner

  • 11518 Tamiami Trail E., Hitching Post Plaza, Naples
  • 239 -732-6614
  • 11985 Collier Blvd., #1, Collier Plaza, Naples
  • 239-529-5806


  • 1921 Davis Blvd., Naples
  • 239-793-0704