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Jul 30, 2008 07:45 PM

Cheap in Naples?

Is there such a thing? I have seen several posts about various locales to eat in Naples area, but not all are - shall we say - family friendly pricing. So can you eat cheap in Naples?

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  1. The Greek Gourmet is family owned and family-priced, and it's the best Greek food my husband and I have had anywhere. We ate there twice in one trip to Naples.

    1. Grouper and Chips has the best fried grouper you will ever have. I've been told Miss Saigon has very good vietnamese at low prices. I haven't tried it but I would certainly give it a go.

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      1. re: RevrendAndy

        Miss Saigon is very good BUT they've really raised their prices -- sigh. Starbucksbrew likes Greek Gourmet...I think Pelagos is as good or better (okay, okay...I like my falafel with tzatziki sauce, not tahini sauce...GG won't serve it that way, in fact the guy behind the counter at GG bristled a bit at my question about having the falafel pita with tzatziki)...and is on the inexpensive side for lunch, not sure about their dinner prices..$6.95 for falafel pita that comes with either french fries or beans & rice..I keep asking them to allow people to choose a small Greek salad as the side, not those other 2 sides...argh! That's an example of inexpensive. Now, if you want to talk about taquerias, San Julian on Bayshore sells tacos for $1.50 each, doesn't come with anything but their tacos al pastor can't be beat. I really don't know of too many other great "value" spots here in Naples.

        1. re: RevrendAndy

          Man, Grouper and Chips isn't cheap at all! My $11 grouper and chips LUNCH plate had a piece of fish on it that was about 4 small bites! The flavor was alright I suppose but what a ripoff!

        2. Fun place with the family is Buffalo Chips (great wings and rings).

          1. During the off-season (April thru November) LOTS of places are having 2 for 1 deals and such. One hidden gem is Machu Pichu -- we got this Peruvian tempura seafood thing and split it (it was huge) for like $12. Happy hour round 3 or 4 till 6 or 7 at places like Castaways, The English Pub, Pinchers or Sushi Thai-too will score you some great food for really cheap--- but hands down for the cheapest and best all day long is Castaways--- at lunch a blackened or fried grouper sandwich with sides is like $5! Their pizza is the cheapest and best ever, and the full menu goes clear till closing at 1:30 am~!

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            1. re: joebobjim

              Good to know, son reports that on the north end of town in the Mercado at McCormick & Schmick's they have killer happy hour food prices from 3:30 to 6 and he loved the $1.95 fish taco and the $1.95 tuna roll. His friend had some kind of awesome burger for $2.95 I think, and someone else had mussels but I don't know how much they were...supposedly the happy hour specials will go all summer.

              1. re: Val


                The tourists have left, and the prices now plummet down to earth, at many places, with apps for free, or a few dollars. Even Ruth's Chris has a $39 "bargain" special!.

                One place, though, keeps the prices the same year round, and the line goes around the building as people wait to eat inside, or take home a few lunches.

                Mister Five, in Naples across from Home Depot on Airport, east of the Courthouse has huge and tasty breakfasts and lunches for, what else, $5. The chef is also a higher end caterer, and he gets great deals on top quality lamb chops, kobe steak, prime rib, and serves them as specials, it till it runs out-quickly!. I've taken home 4 lunches, and others have taken out 15 lunches ($5 each) to their offices, and there's leftovers. The are said to be serving dinner now, check on what days.

                My review is at:

                1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                  Dude, I read that Ruth's Chris just below..someone told me that the Cookie Bakery in the mall also just closed...she tried going buy a big cookie cake for her son's end of year party at school and the place was all closed up (I guess it's possible that they've moved but the sign just said 'closed.')


                  1. re: Val

                    Coconut Point could be next. It is seldom full anymore. CP has been really dead anytime I have stopped by. Shops are pulling out. Mercado seems to be improving.

                    I really don't "get" Ruth's anyway. I wrote a review here a while back when CH would not allow reviews of chains on location threads.

                    Here's my comments a year ago and I've only been subjected once more to this place and my opinion did not change.

                    "We had a perfectly wretched meal at the Ruth's Chris in Bonita Springs, FL. I should have known something was up when I made a same day reservation in "season". Last year there was a two-three week wait.

                    I ordered a prosecco apertif and my boyfriend ordered a beer. The prosecco barely filled half the glass, this was no great burgundy requiring room to breathe <G> It was also flat. The server brought a second one that was only slightly chilled, underfilled and still flat.

                    We ordered a t bone and a filet. Neither was cooked to our specifications and the t-bone could barely be sawed with the knife. Barebones presentation. Definitely not aged beef. Someone is cutting corners.

                    Baked potato for him with a flaccid skin, almost as if it were microwaved. I ordered the special peas of the day. "Petit Pois" were barely thawed and had a variation of cheez whiz on them.

                    Bread was undoubtedly pepperidge farm. We had a bottle of Parducci Pinot Noir which is bottled for them. Nice wine but it was way too warm. No cellar temperature here, more like Florida trunk temperature. Had to be 75 degrees. We decided not to complain but I wrote the company via their website and had a reply wanting to call me to apologize. No thanks. I would not want to return.

                    After I mentioned this on Fodors, it appears that my experience is similar to others.
                    LilMsFoodie Jan 31, 2008 05:08PM

                    Another steakhouse could go in their space as CP needs a steakhouse, I'd just like to see another one. Won't be Capital Grille.. the Mercado place is too close.LMF

                    1. re: Val


                      Aha! I had one of the last meals at Ruth's Chris!!

                      I was there twice in May as a guest of others, and each time there were at most 10 other diners from 6:30-9:30 pm., in a 250 seat place. Yes, Ruth's current "$39 bargain" is a laughable "no bargain" in this current economy. Ruth's in Estero still have steak prices in the $40's, and sides cost $8 or so.

             has very good restaurants like Sea Salt, Bha Bha and M Waterfront offering 30% off coupons to bring in customers.Many places have free apps, or apps for $2-3-I don't have time to list them. There are too many restaurant seats this time of year that need to be filled. They are not making money at these prices given their rent-this discounting keeps staff employed and the place near break even point, till next season.

                      Other places that have closed are Mr. G (way overpriced average food) Blu Sushi in Naples, Chardonnay (may reopen in Fall), and Dino's did not renew their lease. Not good, still not too bad, as an equal number have opened.

                      New spots like AZN, The Pub and VIVI are doing well at their malls. There's two muffin places in Naples-wonder if they will add cookies now?

                    2. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                      FYI: Ruth's Chris is out of business as of early this week.

                      1. re: 1stmakearoux

                        1stmakearoux ,

                        Yes, I should have been clearer on what I meant by my saying "I had one of the last meals at Ruth's Chris!!" after Val wrote before me " Dude, I read that Ruth's Chris just closed."

                        They are belly up in Naples, and their web site refers people to Estero-that's why I quoted Estero's Ruth's prices. I wonder how the Estero Ruth's will do. They have more competition from other steakhouses. Since most have steaks at $40 and up, it'll be interesting to see how they offer discounts to match other spots, and still maintain their image and profits. First is to crack the $40 price point. Next is to crack the $29 price point. I had great beef tips at Shula's in Naples for $15 as an appetizer-well worth it, and on Friday's they have free Jazz and happy hour.

                        Naples' Ruth's kept up the image and pricing, and withered away as people stopped paying the prices in the Coastland Mall. VIVI's opened next door, and is doing a good business with items at 1/2 of Ruth's. Still, there are more openings than closings of restaurants in SW Florida, so far.

                    3. re: Val

                      McCormick & Schmick's has the BEST raw oysters. Not cheap though, sorry.

                      McCormick & Schmick's Naples
                      9114 Strada Place, Naples, FL 34108

                    4. re: joebobjim

                      I am a chef and a fisherman. And if you are getting a grouper sandwich for $5.00, IT'S NOT GROUPER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                      1. re: big c philly

                        Most amusing, my friend! My wife and I are chuckling. I agree.

                    5. Lots of 5th ave restos have summer specials
                      Altins cafe - 2 dinners (soup or salad, entree and bread) and a bottle of wine for $29.95. We had salmon & filet mignon
                      Cafe Luna - 2 dinners and a bottle of wine $29.99 with bread, and $3.99 add on-apps. We had spaghetti & meatballs, and ravioli. Their marinara is eally fresh tasting!
                      The Dock - buy one get one free entree. Find a coupon in the local paper.

                      CHeck the Naples Daily News wednesdays and fridays for resto coupons. A lot of places are offering 3 courses for around $20-25 pp.

                      Also try for up to the minute specials for locally owned and operated places.

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                      1. re: sparkalina

                        thanks for giving the link to

                        I hadn't seen that before and think it is a great idea. Lee County sure could use such a web presence. LMF

                        1. re: LilMsFoodie

                          How about a very good steak house, that's under your radar, and truly "Cheap in Naples?"

                          The Argentinian-Uruguayan Martin Fierro serves huge quantities of grilled steaks, beef ribs, pork, skirt steak, homemade sausage and chicken, at great prices. They stock very good meats, and they know how to grill in South America. The place has a butcher shop next door, and has a good crowd most nights.

                          If you get the Mixed Grill of meats, it's $29 and can serve 3 big eaters, or four normal eaters. Do the math. A filling portion of tender meats is $10 or $7.50 per person. Top that! This is a Parillada, like the similar Brazilian churrascarias popping up in major US cities.

                          For the adventuresome, there's also grilled tripe, sweetbreads, kidney, blood sausage, and it's the real deal. It's a few minutes East of Airport, on Radio Road. It's good for a family of 8 or a hungry couple. Service is good, and you can even go in the open "kitchen" and see your steaks sizzle on the grill! 'Have the sausage, cold beer, and some plantanos maduros-fried sweet plantains, and you're set.

                          Check it out at::

                          1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                            Add Inca's Kitchen, on 951 just 2 blocks north of Golden Gate Parkway, for superb Peruvian food and great prices, nearly all is under $14. Peruvian, with Chef Rafael, is like the best of French saucing, with a latin beat, or vice versa.

                            Review and photos at:


                            1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                              Oh yeah, Fierro is awesome! Talk about some real feasting! Couldnt believe how cheap it was, even with the wine