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Sep 20, 2013 02:36 PM

Marco island

1st trip this Xmas week.
Staying at marriot resort
Looking for recs
All meals
Expensive or cheap, nice or crummy but great
Into seafood, fish, ethnic but love any place where it is all about the food

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  1. Also need something special for my daughters 16 th birthday on Christmas Eve.

    1. It's been a while for me, so I can't really make any specific recs, but don't be afraid to check out Naples, it is only 1/2 hour away.

      If your room at the Marriot has a refr, pick up some smoked fish dip and saltines. It is my favorite SW FL meal.

      1. Sunset celebration at Quinn's is fun. That is at your resort.

        Lee Be Fish is quite good. Fish shack style food.
        Verdi's is a good choice for a higher end resto.
        Cupcake place in the little retail area near Lee Be Fish can make a cute 16th BD presentation for you.

        I've been going to Marco for years but the food is never really first rate. For that you would want to drive to Naples. Not that bad a drive and worth it.

        Ethnic ain't gonna happen on Marco. This is a midwestern snowbird area into meatloaf, fried grouper and crap wine.

        It is changing, but at a glacial pace.

        1. Best seafood is at Fin Bistro. Small, so get a reservation early.
          Best sushi is at Mangos with Chef James. New "kitchen" chef too. Eric is doing a good job.
          Bistro Soleil if you like French and mussels. Their Petite Soleil in the Olde Marco Shoppes has the best breakfast and a great lunch, especially if you want to sit outside.
          If you're a fried chicken person, head to the Isles of Capri to Pelican Bend. A real Keys feel.
          If you want a local yokel down and dirty place try the Sand Bar. Good happy hour and the best Buffalo wings here. Dolphin Tiki has picked up their game too with new owners. Open air on the water and relaxed.

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            1. re: BCjr

              BCjr, thank you for the heads up on Marco. With the plethora of spots in Naples, I don't get down to Marco Island. Alberto's on 5th has Marco's best chef/owner- Alberto- who headed Sal y Pepe's for years.
              What's the word on Marek's or DaVinci's?

            2. thanks for the recs
              best meal by far- finn bistro
              also good- Divinci, cafe demarco,
              not bad- bistro soleil
              great breakfast- petite bistro
              good carryout for lunch- italian deli
              average- small bar, margaritas