Log Cabin Restaurant

The Log Cabin, a barbecue and seafood restaurant in LaBelle, provides tasty hole-in-the-wall fare, and at low prices. / Photos by J.D. Vivian

You don’t need to wait for LaBelle’s annual Swamp Cabbage Festival to have a reason to visit this Hendry County city. The hole-in-the-wall Log Cabin restaurant, directly on State Road 80 (also known as Hickpochee Avenue), provides a good-enough excuse.

Log Cabin restaurant

The Log Cabin restaurant serves meat as well as seafood.

Featuring a rustic interior and exterior, the Log Cabin also boasts a friendly and efficient staff. They even greet customers by name.

While returning from a trip to Southwest Florida, I decided to take a different route than I’d driven on my way to Fort Ogden, where I stayed four days.

Heading back home, instead of taking State Road 31 south to U.S. 27 and then heading east, I stayed on S.R. 31 until I hit County Road 78, which connects with S.R. 80 after you cross the bridge over the Caloosahatchee River. (The distance home was only nine miles, and about 15 minutes, longer.)

As it turns out, I made a wise decision. By the time I hit LaBelle, it was 10:30 a.m. and I was ready for sustenance. I haven’t been in LaBelle in several years and am unfamiliar with the restaurants there, so I figured I’d drive until I found a place that looked interesting.

And there it was! How could I resist the urge to dine at a place that looks like a … well … log cabin?

Breakfast fare is plentiful, low-priced, good

Log Cabin Restaurant _ Country-Fried Breakfast

The Country-Fried Cabin breakfast ($7.99).

Breakfasts are served with either home fries or grits, and choice of a biscuit or toast. My selection, the Country-Fried Cabin ($7.99), served up more than enough food: two scrambled eggs, home fries, a biscuit, and country-fried steak smothered with gravy (chicken is an option). All of it was excellent.

I drove home with the leftovers. Next time I’m anywhere near LaBelle — or even if I have to drive some distance out of my way — I’ll stop in at the Log Cabin for a repeat performance.

(Editor’s note: The next Swamp Cabbage Festival is set for Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 24-25, 2018. For more information, visit labelleswampcabbagefestival.org.)

Log Cabin

480 W. Hickpochee Ave. (State Road 80), LaBelle
863-675-3418; www.logcabinlabelle.com