My quartet of hungry diners tried, and couldn’t finish our $25 worth of breakfast and lunch items. Like a family diner in the ‘50’s,the servers, in attractive uniforms, are friendly.
Elayne and Nikki
Kids love the $5 Black and White Pancakes, with white chocolate chips in the batter of the half foot diameter pair of fluffy pancakes, with a generous criss crossing of chocolate syrup, served with bacon (2.50), two eggs any style ($2), and sausage ($2.50).
The Peanut Butter and Jelly Pancakes are huge, fluffy, bursting with jelly goodness, with PB&J sandwiched between two large pancakes, each with peanut butter and crunchy bits of peanuts in the batter. Add Canadian bacon or two sausages for $2.50.
You’re a late riser, don’t worry, breakfast is served all day long.. Combined with the lunch menu, there are 55 items, with 3 daily specials.
Eating light? Try the $5 Cape Cod Cranberry salad, with chopped Romaine lettuce, cranraisins, sliced apples, nuts, tomato and onions, finished with a cranberry balsamic vinaigrette. Nice!
My favorite, the $5 Fried Fish Sandwich features Basa, the delicious slightly sweet succulent fish that many restaurants have allegedly been selling for years as “Grouper.” Crisply fried with Mr. Five’s spices, put on a toasted bun, it’s my favorite, crispy on the outside, moist and tasty with a delicate texture!
Spicy Ranch and Bacon Chicken, $5, is an herbed and lightly fried piece of tender chicken breast, topped with a mildly (to some, moderately) spicy ranch dressing, served on a toasted French bun with sliced tomato and fresh lettuce. A hot sandwich, with a little kick to it. Very filling for $5!
One of my companions said “I’ve never seen such an imaginative menu in a restaurant this small." There's BBQ Chicken, Italian Salami and hot peppers with provolone, Meatball subs, Chicken Jalapeno Quesadilla, and Grilled chicken Paillard.
The $5 Philly Cheese steak sandwich has tender thinly sliced seared steak and cooked onions, served on a toasted long soft French style bun (hoagie), drenched with soft yellow cheese. The side is Loaded Fries, served piping hot, covered with the same bright yellow cheese, and chunks of crisp thick bacon. Tasty! Now, I’m used to my family's Philly steaks with a white cheese (provolone, Mozzarella?). Anthony, Chef Daniel Johns, and a Google search assure me that there’s an equal Cheez Whiz or Velveeta type “yellow cheese” camp that has been doing it this way for decades.
You can get an order of just the Cheezy Loaded fries, topped with the Cheez Wiz gooey cheese, with hunks of bacon, for $5. The filling Hamburger sub, yep, $5, has two patties on a hoagie roll, with lettuce, tomato, and ketchup, mayo, mustard, or whatever else you desire. The burgers are made fresh each day, not frozen for 3 months and then defrosted, McD's and other chains' style.
Specials of the day have included $5 Kobe Beef Sliders, (They sold out fast!)Last week were Prime Rib subs for $5, and the meat alone costs that at Publix. Caterers have their sources, buy in bulk-you benefit. The Basa Puttanesca has the same tender grouper-quality you’d pay $25 for dinner if you were on 5th Ave South. It’s a no brainer for the quality, and at 1/5th the price, you can’t beat it!
And desserts? I loved the Cannoli Poppers! Four mini cannoli for $3, are piped with the tenderest Ricotta cheese, custard light, wrapped in crisp shells. Anthony’s been to Italy, and makes the best.
Anthony is one of the brightest chefs to have come up with this idea, and make it win-win for him and customers alike. And he’s just 23! Wait till the Mister Five franchises start rolling out, and put McD’s out of business! How’d he come up with the idea? He said, “I don’t want to pay $8-14 for lunch. I asked myself, what would be a price I’d love to pay, and $5 was just right.” It is. The customers come from East Naples to Port Royal, driving everything from fix-me-ups, to Bentleys.
One woman said, "It’s a very clean place. My whole family can afford it. We often have some to take home for another meal!"
A mother with kids summed it up, “ This is better than fast food. You just can’t cook this much good food at home for $5, or even $10 a plate. There’s no way. I order, take out, and have lunch or dinner for my family for less than I can cook, and it’s all cooked fresh!”
Owner Anthony Chinaglia, Chef Daniel Johns.
For express pickup, call 20” ahead. Local delivery for orders >$35, place order before 10:30. Hours 7 days a week-7:30 am till 2:30 pm, dinner is 5-9 pm. 1716 Airport Road South, Naples. across from Home Depot 262-1555
**NOTE: SINCE THIS REVIEW, MR. FIVE STARTED DINNER SERVICE, 6 NIGHTS A WEEK, CLOSED SUNDAY NIGHT!