The most important meal of the day gets more

important all the time.

According to a 2017 press release from NPD Group, only breakfast, of all three meals, had seen growth in restaurant traffic over the previous year.

Breakfast at home is getting so passé. Why bother, when you can get your bacon and eggs, better and cheaper, at a dozen mom-and-pops in Punta Gorda alone?

You can even get family-favorite Breakfast for Dinner at Angela’s (258 W. Marion Avenue), starting at 4 p.m. But regular morning breakfasts are more plentiful than you might think in Punta Gorda.

What are you waiting for? Here are the 13, in no particular order other than the alphabet.

Ana’s European Café

315 Taylor Street

941-888-0525. anaseurocafe.com

The newest more-than-just-breakfast spot in town fills the former Tina’s Café & Bakery Vienna with the aroma of fresh-roasted coffees, teas and baked goods, all at the unhurried pace locals have come to expect of this European-style venue. Now serving crepes, quiche, croissant, crème brûlée and more—for breakfast and lunch. Open Tuesday to Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Bean on 41

Towles Plaza, 2705 Tamiami Trail

941-769-2398. thebeanon41coffeeshop.com

Local entertainer Tiki Tom Watson is serving everything from baked goods and simple breakfasts to the Jersey Shore Special—pork roll (Taylor Ham) with two eggs and cheese on a Kaiser roll—with a wide variety of coffees, teas and smoothies to wash them down. Open for breakfast Tuesday to Friday at 7 a.m., Saturday and Sunday at 8 a.m.

Bella’s Bistro

117 W. Marion Ave.

941-916-9786. bellasbistropuntagorda.com

Down-home comfort food in a retro café with a cozy interior and shaded patio seating, serving breakfast all day. $5.99 will get you two eggs, one pancake and sausage, bacon or ham at this pet- and patriot-friendly venue. Open Tuesday to Sunday 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Burg’r Bar

317 Tamiami Trail

941-655-8050. burgrbarpg.com

After only a year in the breakfast battles, Burg’r Bar landed Charlotte Sun Readers’ Choice 2018 first place for Restaurant Breakfast. Notable noshes include Irish Benedict with corned beef hash and French toast served crunchy, stuffed or toasted coconut—or even all three at once. Breakfast bloody Mary or mimosa for $2.95. Breakfast served daily 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Dean’s South of the Border

130 Tamiami Trail

941-575-6100. deanssouthoftheborder.com

You know this Tex-Mex cantina has to have Huevos Rancheros, Breakfast Tacos and Breakfast Burritos. But traditional hash skillets, omelets, eggs, biscuits and gravy, and, we suppose, even pancakes and French toast can be kicked up to one or two hot chili peppers if you want. Breakfast served Monday to Saturday 6:30 to 11 a.m., Sundays from 7 a.m. Bloody Mary bar on weekends.

Elena’s

1101 U.S. 41, Cross Trails Center

941-575-1888. elenas-restaurant.com

Local restaurateur Jimmy Psicharis’ longtime diner-style breakfast favorite with an eastern Mediterranean flair. Open daily at 7 a.m., serving breakfast until 3 p.m.

John Ski’s House of Breakfast and Lunch

502 King Street, next to Gatorz Downtown

941-347-7645. johnskishouseof breakfast.com

Homey local diner that’s so noted for its gargantuan portions that it was obliged to invent the Fat Boy and Fat Girl Breakfasts, featuring a pileup of such John Ski’s favorites as country potatoes, sausage patty, three strips of bacon and three eggs any style, smothered with Big Daddy’s Sausage Gravy and topped off with shredded cheddar and sprigs of parsley as a digestive. Breakfast, lunch and, now, diner-style dinners like Liver and Onions and Pot Roast are served all day. Open Monday to Friday 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nino’s Bakery & Restaurant

3151 Cooper Street

941-833-8912. ninosbakery.us

Founded in 2006, Nino’s at first baked bread and pastries for other restaurants. Two years later, it began selling retail at Punta Gorda farmers markets. Today, Nino’s is a full retail bakery serving the public and wholesale customers. Named as a “hidden gem” restaurant by Best Things Florida, Nino’s serves breakfast all day, every day, starting at 7 a.m., until 7 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

Penny’s Restaurant

1133 Bal Harbor Boulevard

941-347-8106. Facebook @PennysRestaurantPuntaGorda

Retro diner in the former PGI Grill location, remade by new owners Gordon Muir and Penny Rowe in clean, beachy driftwood, aqua, sunshine yellow and white. Open daily at 7:30 a.m., serving breakfast until 3 p.m., then rolling right into dinner from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday to 9 p.m.

Punta Gorda Coffee & Tea

117 Herald Court, Unit 118

941-916-9095. Facebook @puntagordacoffeeandtea

Serving fresh-roasted Black Gold coffees and international teas in a new 1,200-square-foot space around the corner from sister company Punta Gorda Chocolate & Wine. You can also grab fruit yogurts and Zoet Sweet Boutique’s baked goods, ham and cheese pastries, spinach and ricotta, and Dutch sausage roll. Open Monday to Saturday at 7 a.m.

Punta Gorda Diner

3941 Tamiami Trail

Not technically open yet, the gutted former Burnt Store Grille aims, according to co-owner Mike Arnold, “to bring old-fashioned customer service and scratch cooking back to the area,” serving southern comfort food, diner-style breakfast all day and anything on the menu, even a steak, in the morning. Punta Gorda can hardly wait.

The Smoke House

415 Cooper Street

941-639-2000.

The oldest and arguably most beloved establishment in Punta Gorda, dating back to 1980, The Original Smoke House Restaurant is best known for biscuits or potatoes with sausage gravy. Pam Adelson, owner for 27 years, learned how to make that gravy from original owner Fred Addison, whose grandmother’s recipe it was. Today an endangered Punta Gorda species, its building is for sale. Open Tuesday to Friday 6 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday to noon, Sunday 7 a.m. to noon.

T n D Bakery

122 Nesbit Street

941-585-9443. tndbakery.com

The delightful surprise about T n D Bakery is that everything there is completely gluten, preservative, additive and GMO free, but also delicious. The antiquey coffee shop serves a variety of sweet and yeast breads, cupcakes, cookies and bars, as well as spinach pie and waffles. Open Monday to Saturday at 8 a.m.

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