Retooled Agave serves favorites from both bar and grill
Published 03/06/2014 at noon
Agave Southwestern Tequila Bar & Grill is now simply Agave Bar & Grill. Here's a look at the new menu for the retooled North Naples restaurant.
Talent, tenacity and technology help Jim Heffernan double up on Naples Players roles
Published 03/06/2014 at 10:12 a.m.
Jim Heffernan is a man with a lot of lines, but his smooth taling is confined to the stage. He's in back-to-back roles for Naples Players.
Fine fare, wine and generosity take center stage at SWFL Wine & Food Fest
Published 03/04/2014 at 1:17 p.m.
When Chef Brian Roland of Crave Culinaire was asked to repeat his celebrity chef status performance for the 2014 Southwest Florida Wine & Food Fest at Miromar Lakes Beach & Golf Club, he jumped at the chance to give back ...
Alto restaurant sings its way into Naples
Published 02/27/2014 at noon
Here's an exclusive look at Alto Live Jazz Kitchen, which recently opened in Naples' Bayfront.
Sous vide cooking takes center stage at new Italian eatery in Naples
Updated 02/26/2014 at 11:10 a.m.
Sous vide cooking involves more than just boiling food in plastic bags. Here's how it's being used at a Naples restaurant.
New Avenue5 underscores elegance on Fifth Avenue
Published 02/13/2014 at noon
In the 239: Avenue5 opens on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.
Love in the air and on the menu at Naples' dining spots for sweethearts
Updated 02/05/2014 at 6:22 a.m.
If you want a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day, the atmosphere plays just as big a part of it as the food. Fortunately, that's not hard to find in Southwest Florida.
So how good is that smoothie in the morning? Here are don'ts and dos
Published 01/08/2014 at 4 a.m.
Smoothies have becme the new breakfast of choice. But how do you know you're getting a balanced one?
Taste of the Town: Fred's Food, Fun and Spirits
Published 12/03/2013 at 11:36 a.m.
When someone mentions the name Tony Newton, people usually associate his restaurant Fred’s in North Naples. Fred’s is named for Newton’s beloved dog Fred and the restaurant remains one of Naples most fun dog-friendly dining and music destinations.
Dining In the 239: Manzanillo's serves up rustic, yet sophisticated, Mexican
Published 11/22/2013 at 10 a.m.
The new Manzanillo’s Cocina Mexicana is sprawling, and the décor is comfortable and upscale. Perhaps it could be called rustic sophisticated Mexican.
Chefs vie in front of judges for jobs at new French restaurant on Fifth Avenue in Naples
Published 11/12/2013 at 2 p.m.
The old saying about singing for your supper got turned on its head Monday as chefs chopped, sliced and sauted for the chance to have a French restaurant job.
Dining In the 239: Cafe Lurcat commemorates 10 years in Naples with new menu
Published 11/08/2013 at 5:35 a.m.
Cafe Lurcat on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples marks 10 years in Naples this month with a new menu.
Flavors of Peru a find for foodies in Naples
Published 10/30/2013 at 5:53 a.m.
From having no Peruvian restaurants a decade ago, Naples now has five restaurants or shops catering to its cuisine. Just what characterizes Peruvian flavors?
Dining in the 239: New Tewksbury's has large menu, flawless burger
Published 10/25/2013 at 11:50 a.m.
Tewksbury's Restaurant recently replaced the longtime Bernard's at Royal Wood County Club in East Naples.
Dining in the 239: Costa Verde brings affordable Peruvian cuisine to Naples area
Published 10/18/2013 at 5:44 a.m.
It’s easy to understand why Peruvian food is so hot now. Flavorful ingredients prepared by passionate chefs — what’s not to love? A new player on the Peruvian food scene has arrived in Naples in the form of Costa Verda, ...
Dining in the 239: Culver's brings a little Wisconsin to Naples
Published 10/11/2013 at 5:30 a.m. 1 Comment
Sometimes you want food fast, but you don’t want fast food. Culver’s, which recently opened on Airport-Pulling Road just north of Pine Ridge Road in Naples, fits the niche of being just enough fast food that fast, but tasty enough ...
Dining In the 239: Cafe Chic charms its way into Naples
Published 09/27/2013 at 10:30 a.m.
Cafe Chic, a coffee shop in Naples’ Venetian Village that boasts the rare trifecta of having good coffee, a creative cafe atmosphere and really good food.
Dining Out: New Tacos & Tequila Cantina is all about fun
Published 09/13/2013 at 10 a.m.
Tacos & Tequila Cantina was birthed by the folks from Aldos Italian Ristorante and Bar, Kelly and Aldo Musico, and Kelly’s brother, Dave Resch, who also acts as executive chef. They opened this latest venture in what formerly was Yukihana ...
Dining Out: Thai Udon Cafe was worth wait to open
Published 08/30/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
In the few weeks since owners Khwan Sawai and her husband, Adam Satinsky, debuted Thai Udon Café, it’s become a hot spot for local celebrities and foodies.
Dining Out: Taps' strength is its beer and wine offerings
Published 08/16/2013 at 11 a.m.
The selection of wines at reasonable, and the flavorful beers, are the strong suit of Taps, Mercato's new beverage-and-food tenant.
Dining Out: Joey D's expands on space and flavor
Published 07/26/2013 at 10 a.m.
Sometimes, when a restaurant expands to add an additional location, diners groan because it can mean a decrease in quality. I go into those places bracing myself for my favorite dishes to become mediocre and for a downturn in service. ...
Kitchen 845: Soup to nuts and everything yummy in between
Published 07/19/2013 at 9 a.m.
David Weinberghas long been a busy caterer in Southwest Florida, but fewer people know Kitchen 845 has some of the best sandwiches and soups in town.
Oodles of noodles at Pho Dai Loc Vietnamese Cafe
Published 06/28/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
It’s rare to find Vietnamese cuisine in Naples. That’s why people are so excited that a new Vietnamese restaurant, Pho Dai Loc has opened on Collier Boulevard in Golden Gate. There are hits and misses at Pho Dai Loc, but ...
Maria D'anna Cafe serves lots of 'happiness and love' in Naples
Published 06/21/2013 at 11:15 a.m.
When a new restaurant opens in Naples, it can take a while for it to catch on. Few places enjoy five-star reviews right out of the gate.
Mr. Big Fish: Laid-back seafood swims up Neapolitan Way
Published 06/14/2013 at 7:15 a.m.
Mr. Big Fish fills a hole in the area's upscale casual dining choices, where you can get classic favorites without pretentiousness.
Culinary star says 'Bonjour' to fine Naples dining
Published 05/30/2013 at 12:26 p.m.
A veteran culinary star -- with praise from New York City diners for his Cosette and Orienta eateries -- has opened Restaurant Bonjour in Naples.
Dining Out: Eat your veggies, says The Local restaurant
Published 05/24/2013 at 6 a.m.
The brainchild of Jeff Mitchell and Chef Richard Demarse, The Local showcases light-as-air salads, savory soups and satisfying sandwiches — especially the savory veggie sandwich.
Pooches get ready to put on the glitz for Fort Myers dog show
Published 05/24/2013 at 6 a.m.
While Southwest Florida looks forward to the Greater Fort Myers Dog Club Show this weekend, handlers and owners already are hard at work beautifying their competitors for the spotlight. Just what does it take for a handler or owner to ...
Sandy's Cuban Cafe spices up East Naples food scene
Published 05/17/2013 at 8 a.m.
Nothing gets my taste buds fired up like discovering a great little gem of a restaurant close to home.
Fluent flavors flourish at Flava
Published 04/26/2013 at 7 a.m.
Sometimes the best-kept secrets exist right in front of you, but somehow you keep missing them. In the case of Flava Restaurant in Old Naples, I’ve been missing a hidden gem.
Gustitos pleases palates with Peruvian plates, pastries
Published 04/05/2013 at 7 a.m.
It’s always a good time for empanadas. Gustitos Bakery and Peruvian Cafe in North Naples, is home to a variety of empanadas, but it also serves up a bevy of other delights.
New chef, old favorites: Vergina still satisfies on Fifth
Published 03/29/2013 at 7 a.m.
Vergina Restaurant, which has long been a staple of the Fifth Avenue South dining scene, has someone new at the helm in the kitchen.
Skillets adds to culinary scene at Pavilion shops
Published 03/22/2013 at 5:15 a.m.
Pavilion Shops in North Naples is fast becoming a Naples culinary attraction, with KC American Bistro’s expansion, Fit n’ Fuel Cafe, Trattoria Abruzzo, Margarita’s and now the new Skillets.
Veranda E is downtown dining aphrodisiac
Published 03/08/2013 at 7 a.m.
You've likely seen the saying “eat dessert first.” While Veranda E at the Hotel Escalante has some amazing savory dishes, Executive Chef Michael Kang’s homemade ice cream dictates beginning this story with dessert.
Better burgers: From Kobe beef to fried-egg toppings, these sandwiches have folks talking
Published 02/27/2013 at 10 a.m.
It’s impossible to name every restaurant that serves a great burger in Naples. But it’s also impossible to ignore the noise some special burgers are getting.
Scallywags fills dining need on East Trail
Published 02/15/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Scallywags Steak and Burger House fills a dining need on the East Trail in East Naples.
Tasty food, dance and fun characterize Collier County ethnic festivals
Published 02/01/2013 at 6:30 a.m.
Attending food festivals is one of the best ways — not to mention tastiest — to experiment with diverse cuisines without having to get on a plane. Naples has at least four food festivals coming up in February, including German ...
Dining Out: La Piñata provides a fiesta experience
Published 01/25/2013 at 4 a.m. 1 Comment
When La Piñata Mexican restaurant opened recently in East Naples, people flocked to it. And they are still flocking.
Chef Jon Ashton is bringing the best ideas from his magazine to Naples Saturday
Published 01/23/2013 at 4 a.m.
Jon Ashton is a chef. But he's a showman as well.
Finding fun among Florida's fossils
Published 01/18/2013 at 6:30 a.m.
If you love learning about Earth's storied past, being Dr. Gary Schmelz would be a dream job. Schmelz is leading fossil digs with the Conservancy of Southwest Florida throughout January, February and March. The digs will take place in Charlotte ...
Naples newest catch: Fish opens in Village at Venetian Bay
Published 01/18/2013 at 5:30 a.m.
Fish Restaurant recently opened at Village on Venetian Bay by local restaurateur Sal Sinzieri, who also owns MiraMare in the Village. His seafood bistro is a wide-open dining experience on the water and, as the name implies, is all about ...
Dinner at Downton: Naples' British purveyors offer what the TV characters would dine on
Published 01/16/2013 at 4 a.m.
We love the characters of "Downton Abbey" on PBS. Would we love their food? Local purveyors of British goods invite us to see for ourselves.
Back to that same old place: Sweet Home Chicago
Published 01/04/2013 at 7 a.m.
Sweet Home Chicago Pub & Grub is keeping it all in the family. Breaking free from the chains of pizzeria franchising, the owners have given their Naples restaurant a major menu makeover with some catchy names to boot.
L'Angolo reinvents the corner Italian cafe
Published 12/21/2012 at 7 a.m.
There's a lot to be said for doing your own thing. That's why the owners of L'Angolo 5th ave have renamed and reformed their restaurant and are featuring a revamped menu.
Masa migrates modern Mexican to Mercato
Published 12/14/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
In Naples, Masa is the first generation of trendy, fine Mexican dining.
The Spinners working their way back to Southwest Florida
Published 12/07/2012 at 7 a.m.
Get ready to stand up, get moving and get grooving. The Spinners — one of the most beloved rhythm and blues bands of all time — are returning to Southwest Florida this weekend.
Bha! Bha! still Yum! Yum! after move to Fifth Avenue South
Published 11/30/2012 at 5 a.m.
After sampling the cuisine at Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro's new location on Fifth Avenue in downtown Naples last week, I now understand why readers have badgered me to go there for so long.
Cote d'Azur provides a little slice of French Riviera
Published 11/23/2012 at 7 a.m.
Cote d'Azur, which has won many accolades — including several Zagat best restaurant awards — is a charming place. Little awnings over each table and bright colors with little mirrored windows are meant to evoke images of dining in sunny, ...
Thank heavens for Chapel Grill
Published 11/16/2012 at 7 a.m.
In the Bible, gluttony is frowned upon. So it's a good thing Chapel Grill is located in a beautifully restored church, because you will need all the forgiveness you can get after eating there. The highly creative menu makes it ...
L'Orient creates 'new sushi' with custom combinations
Published 11/09/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
At L'Orient Exquisite Asian Cuisine in Naples, the owners have been keeping a sushi secret.