The Trail Café & Grill led the pack from the starting gate with their signature Razzleberry stuffed French toast-so rich in berry goodness. The Homemade chicken salad with crackers is a keeper, and is not like any chicken salad you’ve had before! This is one of my favorite spots for breakfast and lunch, and with a full liquor license, will soon open for dinner, too!
Trail Cafe owners Christopher and Patricia Jubinville
The Capital Grille is tops for me in Naples for steaks, service and ambiance. Their Kona crusted seared tenderloin with shallot butter is beautifully cooked, and the shallot butter is a savory delight you could happily add to any steak.
Chef Alain Petitbon (on right, below) offered heavenly conch fritters with a New Orleans style remoulade sauce, with just the right touch of cayenne pepper for heat.
Service by Jordan’s Asparagus tips wrapped in coiled puff pastry was a welcome surprise!
Alexanders’s Restaurant had people come back for seconds on their Jumbo lump crab cake with a light Maine lobster sauce. This was paired with the Miso Butter fish with a tropical mango sals and rice.
Want a great New England style Lobster roll slider? Go to The Dock at Crayton Cove, for their slider that’s packed with lobster and no fillers!
The Sauce Lady hit home runs with Mushroom Boscaiola sauce and also a rich meaty Beef Bolognese with meatballs and pasta.
I took a breather to say hello to Mr. Bob Beamon, a hero to many since he set a new Olympic world record in the long jump by beating the previous landmark.
|Mr. DeVito and Mr Bob Beamon|
A bonus for Naples-this soft spoken gentleman and his family are moving to Naples, after living in Chicago and New York!
“Year-os”, not “guyros” or “jeeros” is the Greek way of pronouncing the delicious roasted meet on a pita slice, with tomato slices, onions and feta- The Greek Gourmet does it right!
Café Normandie brought a Touch of France with Beef Bourguignon and baguettes. Followed by a rich crème brulee, I could not ask for more! This intimate spot is often standing room only for their popularly priced cuisine.
The Strip House, known for great steaks, did a switcheroo that had many coming back for seconds! Their Strip House roasted bacon salad with baby arugula, grape tomatoes and Russian Dressing was tops!
Rita’s gave a refreshing break with rich, juicy ices. Try a Mango, Raspberry lemonade, Wild black cherry, or Iced coffee Cream ice-you’ll be glad you did! These are light years better than the ices you had as a kid.
The Wine Merchant brought a bounty of Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay and other great wines, sourced from around the world. Trying the assortment is my kind of geography lesson! Now’s the time to pay them a visit, as there are many great bargains to be had as season ends.
Stevie Tomato’s Sports Page kindly brought a variety of beers, wines and mixed drinks.
Enchanted Rock Martini Bar created special “Savor the Flavor” martini’s that were very popular.
Emack & Bolio brought their top sellers-Chocolate addiction Ice cream, and the Deep Purple Cow. Great things to savor, in all four seasons!
Gracie’s Cup Cakes own Grace Bolen brought many artfully displayed mini cupcakes, including the ever popular Red Velvet and some chocolate cupcakes that are my favorites!
|Grace Bolen with Mini Cupcakes|