Red Rooster is by far the Best Breakfast restaurant in Marco Island. We discovered Red Rooster on our last visit a year ago and after stopping in today, they still get our vote for best breakfast on Marco Island.
Red Rooster has been open for a few years and is located in a more ‘locals’ area of Marco Island. It’s away from the hotels and main tourist ‘strip’ of the beach, which allows the prices to be a bit lower, and the quality of the food to be much higher. They make everything from scratch, even the bread. We actually wouldn’t be surprised to see Red Rooster featured someday on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on Food Network (are you listening Guy Fieri and Food Network??).
The inside is quite clean and neat with a ‘country’ feel. There are tables around the dining room and a small counter in the back if you prefer and the overall look is actually quite sleek with just the right amount of wall hangings (roosters of course!). It’s a comfortable spot and our server was very warm and friendly and brought over our menus.
The menu has your favorites from omelets to waffles and pancakes with sausage gravy and some great unique daily specials. Everything at Red Rooster is house made, from the bread to the sauces to the dressings. That doesn’t mean that they bake ready-made bread, they actually make everything from scratch and it shines through on the quality and taste. The specials rotate quite often from what we hear, so make sure you ask about them if they are not on the specials board.
I ordered the Italian Omelet and chose the hash brown casserole as my side with wheat toast. The omelet came out super fluffy and was HUGE. In fact both omelets were so fluffy they had a hard time folding it. Perfectly cooked, I peeked under the egg and found all of the tasty ingredients like fresh Italian Sausage, zucchini, onions, mushrooms, tomato and roasted red peppers. Of course holding it all together was provolone cheese, a lot of it! This is by far the best omelet I’ve had anywhere. If Red Rooster was in Fort Lauderdale, we’d have a hard time not going there every weekend for breakfast. The hash brown casserole is similar to Cracker Barrel’s version, but 100 times better. This was full of cheese which gave it a comforting texture that you just couldn’t get enough of. It had a slight saltiness from the cheese and just a few shakes of pepper and it was perfection. The home made wheat toast was thick sliced, toasted perfectly and some of the best bread we’ve had in a restaurant. I bet the BLT’s are great with this bread too.
Jeff ordered the Polish Omelet (one of the daily specials) with hash brown casserole and wheat toast. His omelet was prepared the same, nice big and fluffy. Loaded inside was smoked Polish Kielbasa, sauerkraut, onions and cheese. I might have forgotten one or two items in that huge omelets, but the taste was great. If you are a fan of kielbasa and sauerkraut, you have to order this omelet. The kielbasa was very good quality and not greasy at all and we know our Polish food. Jeff cleaned his plate and even ate all of his toast (he never does that) without using jelly. Now that’s saying this is good bread!
Red Rooster has always been consistent, quick and serves the best breakfast on Marco Island. The portions are huge and the value can’t be beat. Where else can you get scratch made food at a reasonable price on Marco Island? No place. Trust us, we’ve tried and Red Rooster is the best. They do a great job creating a warm, inviting restaurant that is a must stop on your visit to Marco Island.
Red Rooster is located at 1821 San Marco Rd Marco Island, FL.