Saturday, June 25, 2011
Naples Trail Café & Grill - Delicious Home Cooking, Kicked up a Notch!
The Café is refreshingly homey with antiques and knick-knacks nicely displayed on the walls, behind the counter, and even above the windows. By keeping the menu favorites and adding new dishes, Trish and Christopher have successfully maintained customers and added new ones.
The cozy ambiance, attractive setting with antiques, friendly servers and wonderful food reminds me of memorable brunches at some of the better Bed and Breakfast places. (Top B and B owners pride themselves on the quality of their breakfasts, and national magazines like Gourmet would often publish their recipes.)
There’s a breakfast and a separate lunch menu, with breakfast/brunch served all Sunday. This write up is based on several visit’s experiences-all enjoyable.
Start with seasonally fresh squeezed orange juice ($2/2.80), coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Many go for the eggs, be they scrambled to order, or sunny side up.
The Trail’s Benedicts are a delicious sextet, ($10-14), with choice of Egg Benedict, Lox, Florentine, Bacon, sausage or Crab Benedict with thermidor sauce. All Benedicts come with choice of hash browns, cottage fries, grits, fruit or sliced tomato.
Lighter eating is the Peach croissant French toast ($12), topped with grilled peaches and glazed pecans with a buttery brandy and maple syrup sauce.
The breakfast menu is served Monday through Friday morning, 7am until 11:30 am, and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. It also offers build-your-own omelets or skillets, with more than 20 ingredient options.
Ready for lunch?
The Trail Café’s fish and chips would make a British visitor broadly smile, as the battered and deep fried fish is served tender, with just the right crispness to the crust. While the French fries are good and crisp, I recommend having the house’s specialties-the more unusual crisp sweet potato fries and home made potato chips.
There’s a large variety of dishes to be had, each done with a twist that makes it better than what you may have had elsewhere. The juicy bacon cheeseburger comes with healthy fixins.
Bottom line- This is a very special breakfast/lunch spot with generous portions of food that’s truly fresh, deliciously prepared and reasonably priced with friendly servers. All is from scratch, be it apricot pecan bread or long simmered soups and healthy sauces. Trail Café & Grill is the match of other caterers, and “favorite spots” elsewhere in the USA. Best part, it’s here in Naples, and you don’t have to cook! Have breakfast and lunch seven days a week, 7 am until 2 pm..
Trail Café & Grill is at the south end of the Lynnwood Square strip mall in North Naples at 12820 North U.S. 41, one mile north of Immokalee Road , serving 598-2480, http://www.trailcafenaples.com/