Diners in Sarasota Springs

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Using an in-house brand of tangy, sweet sauces, steaming stacks of ribs, and homespun slow rubs, the family recipes behind Quick Q BBQ deliver authentic, smoky, home-style flavor. Strap a bib around wayward beards and take a gander at the menu, on which heaping plates of ribs, chicken, ham, and mullet await the maws of barbecue connoisseurs. The meat not only falls off the bone but also practically hops in the mouth, chews itself, and writes it all off as a business expense. Barbecue plates come with iced tea and a variety of meat choices, including a jaw-dropping, chin-mopping stack of pulled pork with baked beans and mac 'n' cheese ($9.50) or an entire smoked chicken with mac 'n' cheese and fries ($12.50). Light lunchers can stock their own bags of bones with a three-bone rib sandwich with fries ($6.99), paired with 8-ounce house-made Southern sides such as potato salad, coleslaw, and collard greens ($1.99 each). Crank open your auxiliary stomach for dessert; Quick Q's sugary slew of cherry and peach cobblers ($0.93) and rum cake ($2.99/slice) high five tongues and fist pound bellies. Sidle up to one of Quick Q’s tables clad in a checkered tablecloth, or pull up to the drive-thru to bring victuals home to pod people masquerading as your real family.

3441 Central Avenue
St. Petersburg,
FL
US

The kitchen magicians at MarLiDa's Diner conjure comfort-fare classics from breakfast, lunch, and dinner menus. Pot roast ($8.95) teams with red potatoes and carrots to quell the first rumblings of stomach rebellions, and dinner helpings of meat loaf ($8.95) fill bellies with equal amounts of meat and nostalgia. More than 20 sandwich options swarm lunch hours, including the Haley's Comet ($6.95), which sends roast beef, provolone, and bacon-horseradish dressing rocketing across a pressed croissant. People who haven't hit snooze too many times on their roosters can breakfast on biscuits and gravy ($4.99), which douses two buttermilk breadballs in sausage gravy and charges two cooked-to-order eggs with escorting them tableward. A kids' menu ensures little mouths are fed with favorites including chicken fingers with fries and applesauce or cottage cheese ($2.99).

18051 S Tamiami Trl
Fort Myers,
FL
US

Casual, roadhouse, homestyle cooking by mama. All u can eat specials every day! Live entertainment! We make you feel at home.Every dish cooked just for you so this is not fast food.Just food that is prepared here, not out of a box!

16641 San Carlos Blvd
Fort Myers,
FL
US

For a classic slice of Americana, customers need only to cross the threshold of Mel's Diner. Hungry diners can pull up to the counter or at a table to order from a menu of classic diner food. And this kitchen takes care in crafting every meal. The crew roast turkeys and smokes ribs in house and uses their very own hands to bread fish and patty burgers. A locally sourced menu of fresh grouper, salmon, New York strip steak, and natural chicken breast offers a variety of flavorful protein options. The eatery sates morning appetites as well, with fluffy just-baked biscuits covered in housemade gravy instead of yesterday's coffee.

4820 S Cleveland Ave
Fort Myers,
FL
US

When morning falls on the town of Naples, Joe's Diner's chefs begin whipping up the homestyle skillets, blintzes, and frittatas that earned the diner a place among the Naples Daily News' top breakfast spots. They shower fluffy biscuits in sausage gravy, potatoes, cheese, bacon, and egg to craft the Joe's Challenge—their signature breakfast dish. The chefs continue to serve breakfast throughout the day, adding custom burgers, specialty sandwiches, and juicy steaks to the mix when lunchtime rolls around. Servers bear plates out to the bright '50s-style dining room, where guests sip milk shakes at checkered tabletops and in big red booths.

1225 Airport Pulling Road South
Naples,
FL
US