|BLT, Bill's Cafe|
Bill's Cafe (BC) is a restaurant in Naples serving breakfast and lunch. They have been open, as of this writing, for almost six years. Bill Salley, the proprietor, has been around the culinary block. With breaks in between, he has been cooking in Naples for over 30 years.
|Chef Bill at his craft, Bill's Cafe|
I had heard very good things about BC and decided to take a look.
The interior of the restaurant is very interesting; chock a block with mementos from presumably Chef Bill's past. I used to own many of the LPs on the walls. I wish I still had them.
|Interior, Bill's Cafe|
The menu is very straightforward, and has both breakfast and lunch items.
|Menu, Bill's Cafe|
On my first visit there, my dining companion (DC1) and I sampled a couple of sandwiches. Bill's famous BLT was one of these.
Nine pieces of bacon (1/2 pound) graced this sandwich. Tasty Oakes Farm tomatoes, iceberg lettuce and home made mayo made this sandwich over the top delicious. The added in house made home fries only made this sandwich that much better and this writer that much more full!
DC1 tried the brisket melt. This was white bread toasted on the griddle with brisket, shredded cheddar and jack cheese, grilled onions and mayo. Another over the top menu item full of deliciousness.
On my second visit, DC2 and I tried a couple of different menu items. The first was the breakfast burrito.
The burrito was as big as a small dog, reminiscent of the burritos ordered in the Mission District of San Francisco when I lived there. The burrito was stuffed with taco-seasoned hamburger, red beans, jack and cheddar cheese, eggs, lettuce and tomatoes. It was very, very good and easily enough for two. Here is a cross section of this extraordinary menu item.
DC2 ordered a taco salad. This was basically the filling of the breakfast burrito on home made tortilla chips without egg. It was another very good and overly filling dish.
The food at BC is great. It is all mostly made from scratch and has no pretense. The portions are huge as well as delicious and for what you get, a great value. I think any diner would be more than happy after eating here. If you eat a later lunch here, don't plan on eating anymore until the next day. Highly recommended.
It's a wrap for another post on Forks.
947 3rd Avenue North
Naples, FL 34102
Open 7AM-3PM Monday-Saturday, 7AM-2PM Sunday; All major credit cards accepted.
|Exterior, Bill's Cafe|
|Chef Bill's resume|