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.
Political missteps turn into Capitol Steps' comedy fodder
Published 10/25/2012 at 6 a.m.
The stars seemed to have aligned for the Capitol Steps appearance in Naples on Oct. 31: It's Halloween, and certainly the 2012 elections can be described as nightmarish. Further, the election is still nearly a week away and all candidates ...
Zombies versus politicos: Election year masquerades are bringing out both in costumes, sometimes in the same ensemble
Published 10/23/2012 at 4 a.m.
The presidential candidates are popular as masks, but some commanders-in-chief from the past are popular, too, in Halloween costumes stores.
Stone crab season gets crackin' in SWFL
Published 10/19/2012 at 6:30 a.m.
Stone crab season is officially under way. Restaurants and stone crab festival organizers are gearing up for another season that some seafood lovers wait for all summer long. From festivals to restaurants to seafood retailers, it's finally time to crank ...
Cancer patients' food choices can boost their abilities to fight
Published 10/17/2012 at 5 a.m.
Words that begin with the letter d, such as diagnosis, dosage and diameter, becomes part of every cancer patients vocabulary. But one d word could be the most important of them all: diet.
Laccettis serve up authentic Italian cuisine at Trattoria Abruzzo
Published 09/28/2012 at 5:32 a.m.
Executive chef Ettore Laccetti and his sister Paolo Laccetti have found a new kitchen of their own in their new North Naples restaurant, Trattoria Abruzzo Cucina Italiana.
Miccosukee Native American Indian Tribe Day Saturday
Published 09/28/2012 at 5 a.m.
American Indian Day this weekend honors America's true first settlers: the Native Americans. Saturday, the Miccosukee tribe will celebrate with a free festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Miccosukee Resort & Gaming.
Mangrove Cafe stronger than ever for dinner
Published 09/21/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
What do you get when you combine die-hard customers, dedicated restaurateurs and staff who stick around no matter what? In Naples, it's called Mangrove Cafe.
Called to produce: Naples native debuts feature film
Updated 09/21/2012 at 10:13 a.m.
A Naples native produces an inspirational story, "Unconditional."
Elise Murphy goes from watching Sesame Street to making music with Elmo
Published 09/20/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
Hear that? It's your kids going berserk for Elmo. The furry red monster and the rest of the Sesame Street crew are back in town and will perform at Germain Arena Friday through Sunday.
Watermark Grille about good times, good friends, good food
Published 09/12/2012 at 4:52 p.m.
Watermark Grille is well known in town for the story of Naples' four Malo brothers and their collection of Viper sports cars and restaurant architecture — tall windows and daylight and nighttime ambiance. The restaurant is in homage to water, ...
Rolling flavors return to Immokalee for Paradise Food Truck Rally
Published 09/12/2012 at 3:30 p.m.
Seminole Casino Immokalee's Paradise Food Truck Rally is in swing again, drawing foodies and the trucks they love from across Florida. The rallies are on the third Sunday of each month through October and then every Sunday in January and ...
Nearly 30, Enzo's Italian eatery still wows
Published 08/29/2012 at 4 p.m.
The family restaurant team that is Enzo's Ristorante Italiano has been in business in Bonita Springs for 29 years. In an industry that has a high turnover, how have they done so well for so long?
Southwest Florida chefs offer some ideas for better packed lunches this school year
Published 08/22/2012 at 4 a.m.
Kids' box lunches can be healthful and fun, and several Naples chefs offer ways to do it.
Favorite comfort dishes are culinary constant at KC American Bistro
Published 08/10/2012 at 6 a.m.
Tucked away in The Pavilion shopping center in North Naples, KC American Bistro is continuing along the path chef and owner Keith Casey began three years ago.
Dralion roars into Germain Arena
Published 07/27/2012 at 6 a.m.
When Cirque du Soleil's "Dralion" arrives at Germain Arena next week, it will be way too big to sneak in. "Dralion" (pronounced "Drah-lee-on" ) boasts an international cast of 52 acrobats, gymnasts, musicians, singers and comedic characters. The costumes alone ...
Maguro mixes hot hibachi and sushi with cool atmosphere
Published 07/27/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
When you walk into Maguro, the décor leaps out at you. Lots of electric blue lighting is soothing and sexy.
Paris Bistro and Bakery offers unique French dishes in Naples
Published 07/20/2012 at 5:30 a.m.
After years of success in Naples with their family's French restaurant, Le Lafayette, Chef Sebastien Maillard, Astrid Maillard and her fiancé, Dave DiGrazia, opened Paris Bistro and Bakery.
Walk this way: Walking is basic exercise; make walking work better for you
Updated 07/24/2012 at 3:09 p.m.
Steppin' out is one of the best exercises you can cultivate, but just make sure you're doing it with the right equipment.
EJ's Bayfront Café perfect for grabbing coffee and a bite or enjoying a full meal
Published 07/13/2012 at 4 a.m.
EJ's Bayfront Café, which opened earlier this year at Bayfront in Naples, looks like any other cute metropolitan cafe with its open-kitchen atmosphere. You can grab a coffee and a bite or a full meal with a large group. But ...
Neapolitan women want comfort, light cuisine, attentive service and here's where they find it
Published 07/11/2012 at 4 a.m.
Most of us have a special purpose when we go out to lunch. In this first of a series on favored lunch spots in Southest Florida, it's for women friends to get together.
That's a mole: Senor Tequila's opens new location
Published 06/29/2012 at 4 a.m.
Señor Tequila's Fine Mexican Grill opened its third location recently in Marquesa Plaza in the southeast corner of Livingston and Pine Ridge roads. When we went there for dinner, the new location, much like its sister locations in Golden Gate ...
Peppers Deli & Butcher even imports spices to get authentic German flavors in its dishes
Published 06/20/2012 at 6 a.m.
In the heart of one of Naples' industrial communities is a German deli and butcher's market that embraces the past. Owned and operated by certified master butcher Georg Hörndler and his wife, Heike, Pepper's Deli & Butcher is a bastion ...
Cafe Alfredo provides new romantic, authentic Italian dining spot in Naples
Published 06/15/2012 at 4 a.m.
A little pasta, a little vino, some pizza and something sweet for dessert. What's more comforting than Italian food? One of the new kids on the block is Café Alfredo in the Galleria Shoppes at Vanderbilt at Airport-Pulling and Vanderbilt ...
No kids allowed on grown-up nights at C'MON
Published 06/08/2012 at 7:30 a.m.
With exhibits ranging from space exploration to journeying through the Everglades, adults are encouraged to explore and blast of on that mission to space, climb through a mangrove or just roll down a hill in the outdoor playground.
Whisk! Treats and Eats: On-demand sandwiches, pastries wrapped up in cute cafe
Published 06/08/2012 at 4 a.m.
Whisk! makes a good lunch simple, fresh and economical with its sandwich and treat menu.
Naples' Chez Boet now has one of the family in the kitchen
Published 06/06/2012 at 4 a.m.
Chez Boet now has a Boet in the kitchen: Lisa, one of indepedent diners' greatest champions in Naples. But she's also a tireless advocate for good food.