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Naples Recommendations!

Lindsey.K Aug 13, 2010 08:06 AM

I am going to be in Naples for Labor Day weekend and would love to hear what your opinions on the best restaurants in Naples are.... Your absolute favorite restaurants with the best food - Any type of cuisine or price, both casual and fancy.

Here is a list of restaurants I am considering, please let me know your thoughts... Of course I can only pick a few of these, so let me know which you recommend most:

Top 3:

* Roy's
* Chops City Grill
* Campiello

* Inca's Kitchen
* Michelbobs BBQ
* IM Tapas
* Sea Salt
* USS Nemo
* Swan River

Thanks a lot!

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    sekelmaan Aug 21, 2010 07:00 AM

    This is a great list. I happen to be in Naples at the moment. I wonder if someone could recommend some really outstanding, traditional cuban food? It does not have to be high end, a dive would be great if it was delicious and made with passion (and lots of pork fat and skin).


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    1. re: sekelmaan
      Val Aug 21, 2010 07:30 AM

      sekelmaan, Fernandez de Bull is my particular favorite Cuban restaurant in Naples, owned and run by a Cuban family. There IS another highly rated place on the corner of Pine Ridge Road and 951...for the life of me, cannot remember the name...many 'hounds here also love that place, also owned and run by nice Cuban people...will try to come back here and post it....yep, here it is: World Cafeteria and Bakery on Pine Ridge Road, northwest corner of the intersection. Those are two pretty good Cuban recs that I know of...maybe others have even more.

      1. re: Val
        sekelmaan Aug 21, 2010 07:36 AM

        Thanks very much. I really appreciate it.

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          sekelmaan Aug 21, 2010 07:42 AM

          The only thing I can find near that intersection on google maps is Angelito's Cafe. Is that it?

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            Val Aug 21, 2010 07:58 AM

            NO! Here's the phone #239-304-0333...address 4075 Pine Ridge Road...I just called them...they are open. Good luck! I just googled "World Cafeteria Naples" and it came right up on the Google map by the way.

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              Val Aug 21, 2010 12:25 PM

              sekelmaan, where did you end up eating?

              1. re: Val
                sekelmaan Aug 21, 2010 01:40 PM

                We went to the world cafe and bakery. It was awesome. The two of us wanted to try everything and got a lot of food. We got rice with pork, platanos, oxtail, ribs, stewed beef and, yes, a Cuban sandwich. The oxtail was amazing and we loved the stewed beef. The ribs were rubbed in adobo and toothsome and delicious. The cubano I was about to cancel as it was premade and with sliced pork which to me just isn't a cubano. The lady behind the counter offered to put some of the roasted pork on it as well and we took it that way. It was pretty good after all especially with some of the hot sauce which turned out to be rickys red hot from Costco. We finished up with a flan and Cuban cafe. Ruling: we loved it. My local friend was very happy with the find. Thank you so much for the excellent recommendation.

                So, we were just talking about brunch tomorrow, you have any killer suggestions for that?

                1. re: sekelmaan
                  Val Aug 21, 2010 01:43 PM

                  I have NO ideas for brunch, very sorry...I rarely go out for brunch to be honest. Hopefully, Ivan (Insatiable appetite) can jump in here...he has a very awesome blog about SWFL eating establishments, fancy and not fancy...not sure if he has a brunch category, tho.
                  So glad it turned out great at World Cafe!!!

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          Lindsey.K Aug 19, 2010 06:33 PM

          PS - Is Inca's open for lunch too?

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          1. re: Lindsey.K
            An Insatiable Appetite Aug 20, 2010 08:12 PM

            Call ahead. I know they're closed on Mondays. Here, places close other days during the summer if it's slow.


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            Lindsey.K Aug 19, 2010 06:30 PM

            Thanks everyone! I think I'll pass on Michelbobs and try somewhere else for lunch instead (grouper and chips has me intrigued now), and I'll go with Inca's Kitchen instead of Roy's, as everyone seems to say its fabulous. :)

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              RevrendAndy Aug 13, 2010 10:24 AM

              Campiello's is my favorite restaurant in downtown Naples. Great Italian. Even more authentic is Angelina's, in Bonita Springs. They have pastas as good as I have had in Italy. Roy's is good but it is a chain. Chops has terrific fusion. IM Tapas is pricey but is well worth the experience if you like Spanish. Inca's Kitchen is amazing Peruvian. Prices are moderate but the food is as complex and delicious as any restaurant around. I wouldn't miss the experience.

              I recommend Tommy Bahamas for lunch. They have a great outdoor patio, although it may be a bit hot this time of year. While you're on the grouper coast, I would have the fried grouper at Grouper and Chips. It's ethereal.

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              1. re: RevrendAndy
                An Insatiable Appetite Aug 13, 2010 12:54 PM

                Lindsey, you did good homework on this!

                I agree with Val and RevrendAndy.
                I'd delete Michelbob's only ok quality ribs, their extensive advertising brings in people who leave disappointed.
                Add Olio for nicely prepared food and water view. I enjoy Swan River and also Steamers, however some New Englanders feel Bert's is better than both of them.
                Roy's is a national chain that's good, perhaps try something more unique to Naples.
                Escargot 41 is said by French food lovers to be the equal of any one Michelin star spot in France-if you like romance, this is your spot!
                Don't miss Inca's!

                Do let us know the results of your dining!

                Escargot 41
                4339 Tamiami Trl N, Naples, FL 34103

                1. re: An Insatiable Appetite
                  Val Aug 13, 2010 03:40 PM

                  I was going to "dis" the Michelbob's too but if Lindsey never gets to eat barbeque ribs, then meh...it would do it for lunch maybe...where would you suggest for ribs?

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                    An Insatiable Appetite Aug 15, 2010 09:04 PM

                    I'd order ribs form Emmett Todd in Fort Myers or get them from Lee Roy Selmon's, both in Lee County.

                    Not an easy question to answer in Collier County.. These spots are better than Collier County's Blackeyed Pig, Brown Bag, Rib City, Porky's and others, who do have their loyal followings. Taste Buds of Naples had the best, and they went under a couple years ago or so.
                    I find the above places to have better ribs than Michelbobs. I'm open to suggestions.

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                Val Aug 13, 2010 08:51 AM

                You have a good list there!! Falafel Grill is really great on Pine Ridge Road...my boss just ate dinner there last night (upon my rec, heh!) and she and her spouse LOVED it...they're going back on Saturday...she had the falafel platter and he had the chicken kabobs, both entrees were perfection she said...they also ordered a side of spanikopita that she just swooned over. The owner/chef is part Egyptian/part Greek...used to be a chef at Registry (now Naples Grande). Run by lovely, friendly people who KNOW their food!

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