As we were leaving Marco Island at the end of our stay, Nancy and I stopped for breakfast at Hoot’s, and I’m very glad we did. Everyone in Marco seems to go to Doreen’s Cup of Joe for breakfast and, indeed, that was our Yelp’s-based first choice. The problem was that since everyone goes there, no one can get in. So we drove on to Hook’s.
Hook’s is a nice breakfast place, and it’s clear that it has a loyal clientele. The hostess greeted ‘most everyone by name, and was so friendly and chatty with us (which I encouraged, as usual) that we felt like regulars in short order.
I ordered corned beef hash, which came with hash browns.
It was good. The eggs and hash were very nice and the hash browns … well just look at them. And there was good sourdough toast.
Nancy ordered Scrambled Eggs with Every Known Vegetable Plus both Mozzarella and Cheddar.
Okay, that’s not its real name. I tend to look askance at vegetables other than the odd onion, bell pepper, or green chile at breakfast in restaurants, but Nancy couldn’t have been more pleased with the dish.
So Hoot’s is a good place to stop for breakfast and, I’m guessing, lunch. You get a good meal at a place that makes you feel much more than welcome.
But there’s more. Hook’s men’s room is worth the trip. Yes, the men’s room, and not just for that. It’s full of stuff from an old barber shop — I guess Mr. Hoot’s grandfather may have been a barber. You’re yawning. Okay, take a look at this:
Look again and pay attention this time. Mange? Oil (!), egg (!), and whatever Fitch is, but mange?
I looked it up. The Mange, Oil, Fitch, and Egg Shampoo are actually four different types of shampoo. Glover’s Sarcoptic Mange Medicine was a treatment for head lice/scabies. Fitch apparently does not refer to either the flower or the hair of a polecat, the first things that popped up, but rather to a specific product, the Fitch Scientific Scalp Treatment. It was a shampoo designed to cure dandruff and grow hair. Oh, and a clay pack is a poultice.
There’s all sorts of stuff like that, the sort of little oddities that add zest to travel. Go home and ask your barber for a Fitch Scientific Scalp Treatment and a witch hazel steam. It should start one of the best conversations you’ve had in months. That may not be saying much, considering the last 10 months, but grab for what you can.
Go to Hoot’s. Have a good breakfast and make some friends. And take a trip back to a full-service barber shop. You’ll enjoy the journey.
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