We spent part of our holiday vacation on Marco Island, Florida. What a treat to walk along a beach instead of shoveling snow! We tried a couple of highly recommended breakfast places but found them to be rather indifferent. Imagine our delight at finding Petit Soleil nestled among the Shops of Olde Marco at the northern tip of the island. The charming breakfast and lunch spot has only been open since May and serves authentic French food along with American standards. Paris and palm trees combine rather well!
We liked it so much that we went back for breakfast the following day. Everything we had was delicious. They smoke the salmon used in their eggs Benedict. The croissants and pain au chocolat were très bons. One day I enjoyed a waffle filled with pecans, which was very yummy. Their coffee is particularly good and our waitress kept our mugs filled with the elixir of life. We dined in the courtyard one day and indoors the next, due to an impending storm. Both were very pleasant and we lingered for a long time over our coffee. Petit Soleil is owned by French Chef Denis Meurgue of nearby Bistro Soleil. It is located at 210 Royal Palm Drive and is open from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m.
There’s a French expression fondre comme neige au soleil (fondruh kum nezj oh sewlay) that literally means “to melt like snow in the sun” but figuratively means “to melt away overnight” or “to disappear into thin air.” You’ll feel any tension that Marco Island hasn’t yet taken care of melting away as you enjoy your French breakfast at Petit Soleil.