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Sep 30, 2009 11:17 AM

Naples/Naples area seafood shacks? Help.

Hi, we are headed down to Naples Grande next week for a few days and I would love to find a seafood shack in the area. We have been to Steamers (in a strip mall) and it was very good. We will go this time – but we are looking for the old-school Florida fishshack (like Frenchies in Clearwater or Fourth St in St. Pete.

Florida has amazing seafood, and we look forward to it.

We are willing to drive up to 45 mins from Naples I suppose.

Any help is appreciated. -jm

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      1. re: Roslynjohn

        Try Buzz's Lighthouse Restaurant 9180 Gulfshore Drive, Naples 597-2551
        By the Ritz and a block from the Gulf, and on the Bay, its inexpensive decent food, and a touch kitchy.

        Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina 26107 Hickory Blvd, Bonita Springs 992-0991 is twice the prices, on the bay, and good.

        I like Flippers, by Fort Myers Beach for the best of both worlds


        Thre's some good ones on "Little Carlos Island, the Island North of Fort Myers Beach that have been around for many years like Dixie
        714 Fishermans Wharf Fort Myers Beach,) 765-0707

          1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

            when people are looking for a locals place in Naples, I always suggest Buzz's. Contractors and workmen have been going there for years. Grouper Reuben is what I order. Cold beer, water view.

            1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

              Dixie Fish was strictly a seafood market until two years ago and it was bought and renovated. It is a very old fish house and little marina. They kept Thomas Edison's boat there for a while.

              I haven't been for a while, but I believe it is closed. Not sure if that is permanent or just until snowbirds return.

                1. re: LilMsFoodie

                  had to run to the beach this morning and drove by Dixie Fish. It was open, just no customers but it is more a happy hour sort of place. Did not want to dissuade someone from stopping by. It has a fantastic, off the beaten path location

                  1. re: LilMsFoodie

                    got it - we would be stopping by in early eve/happy hour thereabouts

            2. Pinchers Crab Shack, in Bonita Springs is good, although a step up from a basic hole in the wall seafood shack.

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              1. re: RevrendAndy

                Thanks Reverend! I like that it has shack in the name - although it's not a shack!

                1. re: Roslynjohn

                  Another is Joe's Crab Shack. Decent food, kitchy atmosphere at 1355 Fifth Ave, Naples, on the backwater. It's kinda across from where Naples Princess sails at 6 pm or so. That's worth taking for a 2 hour cruise along Port Royal and into the Gulf. There's 2 for 1 coupons now, so $25 each ,and get a meal, and sunset cruise, too! I just did it last week.
                  Photos at:

              2. Ivan, isn't Joe's a national chain?

                Rosyln, another place not a shack but small and inexpensive is Grouper and Chips. Imo, they have the best fried grouper you will ever have, and this is the grouper coast. They are on 41 near downtown, closed on Sundays.

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                1. re: RevrendAndy

                  Andy, You are right!

                  I like Grouper and Chips. It's near where they are staying, even if it's landlocked.

                  For the charm on the water and still nearby, Buzz's Lighthouse is good, Big Hickory Fishing Nook Marina is 25" away, right on the water and is very good, and 30" away is Flippers, by Fort Myers Beach, a waterfront delight, as people beach their boats and come in for a bite.

                  Rj, you've got some fun places to check out! I look forward to hearing your reports!

                  1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                    Thanks so much everyone _ I will report back. Let me know if you ever need help on the North Shore of Long Island!-jm

                    1. re: Roslynjohn

                      Hi _ Here is my report back. We only had time to check out Dixie Fish, Grouper and Chips and our regular visit to Steamer's,

                      My favorite is still Steamer's - the range of food and the quality is fantastic. Great stuff.

                      Grouper and Chips (we went to the one on 41 – Gulf Coast Grouper and Chips) and it was really good - a little greasy I must say - but really great. I would definitely go back.

                      Dixie Fish had the potential to be amazing - but it was really hot - the table was sticky – that said, the fish dip was great - and the location is amazing. I will definitely give it another shot. Plus, the band playing was really good. The people were really nice and friendly there. I want to love this place.

                      So - many thanks to all - we wil be back there in a couple of months and I will try the other places. My kids want to go to Truluck's this time. Great place.

                      1. re: Roslynjohn

                        Dixie Fish is sort of a fantasy seafood shack. I want them to succeed. In this heat, I will not go to an open air place. Hopefully this weekend will be cooler as promised.

                        They are going to have a stone crab thing this weekend, or so I was told. We will go.

                        1. re: LilMsFoodie

                          That is a spot-on assessment - a fantasy seafood shack. It has potential to be amazing and a destination for sure. It will need work!
                          Have fun this weekend - hopefully the weather will cooperate!

                  1. re: Zeits

                    We love it - we have been going there for a number of years. We are contemporary architecture fans  – so this place suits us well.

                    I must say the food quality has improved dramatically since last time we were there. Aura (breakfast) was very good - and the poolside grouper sandwich was a knockout - simple, clean and fresh.

                    1. re: Roslynjohn


                      Could you be so kind to ask Dixie fish to clean out their phone messages- They lost a party of 10 by not answering their phone for two days, so a reservation could not be made (after seeing your Oct 1 posting) . I called again yesterday and today, curious if things changed, and same message of "mailbox is full".
                      Full mailbox=no reservations=lost easy revenue. Not a smart business plan. Website today ( could not be brought up to send an email. We'll try again in Nov. If you hadn't said they were open, I'd have wondered...

                      Rj, good to hear Aura was good for breakfast. Anyone gone there recently for dinner, to assess noise, food, service, etc?

                      1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

                        doesn't sound too promising at Dixie Fish. They have a problem being next to Doc Fords (tourist trap) and Bonita Bills (local geezer bar that draws big crowds of 70 somethings) If we are out in the area the next few days, I'll try to stop by to see what's up.