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Jun 18, 2013 12:17 PM

Naples Area Recommendations for Honeymoon

I am an Orange County, CA Hounder and need assistance from FL Hounds. I am getting married next week and then i am headed to the Naples area (Fiddlers Creek to be exact) with my wife.

I am looking for restaurant recommendations. I have never been to the area, so i am at a loss.

I know you want information on what we're looking for, but in all honesty, we are a food couple. We are not picky and eat everything and anything. It can be pricey or it can be cheap. It can be romantic or it can be a whole in the wall. Assist me with the "must eat/drink places" in the area, thank you

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  1. A must eat in Naples that's different and possibly not available in your area is Inca's Kitchen for Peruvian. Their seafood is particulary good.

    Fried grouper at Grouper and Chips would be a good lunch.

    IM Tapas is very good and authentic Spanish food.

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    1. If you are staying in Fiddlers Creek you are actually closer to Marco Island than Naples though Naples is only about 15 minutes away. Marco does not really have any great restaurants but if you want to go to the beach some day that is your best choice.

      In Naples Fifth Ave. and Third Streets are most popular for dining. A must Is Osteria Tulia, my favorite. A perennial favorite is Chops City Grill. Both are on Fifth Ave. Campiello on Third Street is very popular with the locals but since Vincenzo their chef left to open Tulia I do not think it is as good. You will hear about Sea Salt & Barbitella but both places are way too inconsistent for me. Lastly, USS Nemo is excellent as well but it is the furthest from where you are staying. Congrats & enjoy. Naples is a fabulous town. I really like living here.

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      1. re: SBHjunkie

        I have never been able to warm to Sea Salt, especially after the owner was vicious towards my original comments here. I loved Barbatella the first two times I was there, but it has never approached that quality since. Two mediocre experiences and I was through. Amazing Italian wines however.

        Totally agree about Marco. Dismal choices considering.

        1. re: LilMsFoodie

          Your comments are spot on in my opinion

        1. re: SBHjunkie

          Thank you! I appreciate the feedback. I am sure we will try most if not all. We're there for 10 days.

        2. I love Bleu Provence but it really cuts back hours off season. Has an older crowd but amazing list of champagnes and excellent traditional French fare.

          Osteria Tulia is a must do, I agree with others on this. Campiello is still good but not the same without the original chef.

          Bay House in north Naples is beautiful and the food is great. Chef is a James Beard fellow.

          Truluck's is one of our favorites there.

          Masa, at The Mercato is a great Mexican place.
          The Mercato is a vibrate foodie spot with great bars, deli, movie theatre with dining option, and Whole Foods.

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          1. re: LilMsFoodie

            You all are awesome! I will be honest, i was scared that i would not get any help and for our honeymoon i really want good food. I love the menu for Bleu and will look at the rest now. Thank you so much

          2. If you are looking for BBQ, try either Texas Tony's or Michelbobs. Go to Texas Tony's for the Brisket or Michelbobs for the Ribs.

            For Seafood, go to Steamers. It's not on the water but the lobster roll is to die for.

            Breakfast try Sunburst Cafe. It's a local place, owned by locals. Try the Chocolate Peanut Butter Muffin.

            On the Water location, try HBs on the Gulf. It's in the Naples Beach & Golf Hotel.