Hungry for SW Florida Column

Miami Spice is Back!

I usually don’t need any encouragement to try a new restaurant, especially in these quieter days of summer when the restaurants are less crowded, specials abound, and I think service is better. I also don’t need much encouragement to spend a couple of days visiting restaurants in Miami, one of the country’s greatest restaurant cities. But during August and September ...

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Naples Only True Beachfront Restaurant

HB’s on the Gulf is the only true beachfront restaurant in Naples. Located inside the Naples Beach Hotel on Gulf Shore Boulevard, it is a rarity these days…a family-owned resort that is a vibrant, thriving hub of activity in Naples. How lucky we are to have the Watkins family as responsible stewards of this hotel and golf course that sits ...

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Summer Fun at Barbatella

I’ve always loved to paint but I’m not very good. I’ve always loved to eat and I can do that pretty well. So when Barbatella restaurant invited me to their Art Experience night last week I thought okay maybe the Italian food and wine might loosen up my inner Picasso. Barbatella is the fun and casual Italian restaurant on Third ...

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Best of 2015 – The Final Chapter

What better way to start the New Year off than to talk about the best desserts of the past year? I’ll admit that I’m more of a savory lover than sweet. I’d rather eat an appetizer than a dessert so a dessert has to be very special to grab my attention. Unfortunately these days there are too many pre-made desserts ...

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Best of Naples 2015 – Part two!

Last week I wrote about my favorite burgers and sandwiches in 2015. This week it’s appetizers. Or appetizers as a main course! I find that the appetizers are often the most imaginative and flavorful part of a restaurant menu. If I’m not excited by anything on the main course side of the menu, instead I’ll order a series of appetizers. ...

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Best of 2015 – Part One

Well it’s the end of the year. Time to reflect back on favorite dishes from 2015. Let’s start with casual burgers and sandwiches. My favorite burger of all time was a Guy Fieri burger on the Carnival Breeze cruise ship out of Miami this summer. Maybe it was the Caribbean sunshine on the deck of the cruise ship, maybe it ...

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Best Chains for the Road

I’ve been travelling a lot lately and inevitably find myself looking for a great place to eat. My first choice is always to look for a good locally-owned restaurant but sometimes that isn’t available, convenient or easy to find. That’s when I seek out my favorite chains. These are my go-to favorites:   Bricktops is expanding throughout the Southern States. ...

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The Local

Well I don’t know how they do it, but The Local just keeps getting better and better. Despite a less than ideal location in a strip mall on a very busy intersection (Airport Pulling and Pine Ridge roads) and little to no advertising, The Local has developed a loyal and very hungry following. This farm to table and sea to ...

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