This restaurant guide from Spotlight Magazine was updated January 1:
A Table Apart
Chef Jeff Acol’s profound love for the ocean is rooted in his early childhood years growing up in Hawaii and helps explain his commitment to serving sustainable seafood and seasonal ingredients. This talented chef offers a limited but diverse menu. Dishes offer global fair with Asian and French influence. 4295 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs. 239-221-8540. www.atableapart.com
Al, Chip and JC Greenwood’s Old 41 original for 30 years strong. It’s “where locals go.” Full menu including burgers, fish and steak and spuds. Boars Head premium deli sandwiches. Featuring Bonita’s Hall of Fame. Lunch and dinner daily. 26620 Old 41 Rd. 239-947- 1000. www.buffalochipsrestaurant.com
Cirella’s Italian Bistro and Sushi Bar
Chef Michael Cirella offers customers fresh and delicious Italian dishes. Try their famous Sushi Bar Menu. Happy Hour half-priced selected drinks Mon thru Fri 4 to 6 p.m. The Prado 25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr. 948-3885 www.cirellasrestaurantFL.com
As Craig Culver will tell you, Culver’s ButterBurgers are made the way they are today because that’s how his mom always did it. They use fresh, never frozen, 100 percent Midwest beef, seared to perfection, cooked to order and served on a lightly toasted bun. Sure it takes a bit longer doing it that way, but boy is it worth the wait. Its reputation for deliciousness doesn’t stop there. Try their fresh frozen custard. Open 7 days a week. 5775 Airport Pulling Rd. 239-596- 4640. www.culvers.com/restaurants/naples-fl-airport-pulling
EJ’s Bayfront Café
Owned and operated by Eric J. Becker, a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, St. Louis, MO. A fun and charming restaurant right on the water serving breakfast and lunch. Start your day with a mimosa while you choose from the diverse menu. Omelets, pancakes, waffles, burritos and eggs benedict for breakfast. Burgers, pastas, paninis and wraps for lunch. 469 Bayfront Place, Naples 239-353-4444. www.ejsbayfrontcafe.com
Fernandez the Bull
Serving traditional Cuban cuisine seasoned with the flavors of the Caribbean such as mojo, garlic and lemon. Start off with a mojito, daiquiri or pina colada. Select from an extensive menu: roast pork, steaks, chimi chicken sandwiches, paella, Seafood Varadero and rice and beans. Serving lunch and dinner. 1201 Piper Blvd., where Immokalee Rd. meets Airport-Pulling Rd., 239-254-9855 and new location 3375 Pine Ridge Rd., Naples 239-653-9097 www.fernandezthebull.com
A taste of the old country right on Bonita Beach Road from the Kilkenny crab dip and Mulligan’s Irish stew to Granny McCarthy’s bailey cheesecake. Home of the belly-buster burger, salads, sandwiches and full meal menu. Traditional flat breads. 20 beers on tap. 9070 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-949-2111.
La Fontanella Ristorante
Owner Moe has over 35 years in the business. He and his staff assure customers the finest dining experience. Serving gourmet Italian cuisine, specializing in pasta, veal, chicken, seafood and steak. Specials daily. 24600 S. Tamiami Trail at the Shoppes at Pelican Landing. 239-498-6808. www.lafontanellarestaurant.net
Specializing in USDA Prime Dry Aged steaks
and sizzling platters up to 1800 degrees.
The extensive menu includes fresh catches such as the grouper, tuna and jumbo Maine lobster. Ask about their extensive wine list. Open daily for dinner. 24940 S. Tamiami Trail #103 (Behind Zazou in Bonita). Reservations required. 239-676-8687. www.manhattansteakhouse.com
Martin Fierro is an Argentinean and Uruguayan parrillada — or steakhouse — and it’s the ideal place to go and sit around a table with friends, drink some South American merlot and enjoy deliciously grilled meats. Watch as your steak is hand-seasoned and cooked to order over a unique wood-fire grill. 13040 Livingston Road, Naples. 239-300-4777. www.martinfierrorestaurant.com
Celebrating its 35th anniversary. Best known for tender and delicious babyback ribs imported from Denmark, Michelbob’s has won over 100 BBQ competitions and served over twenty million racks of ribs. New items include: Angus Steaks, Pulled Pork, Smoked Sausage, Chicken Wings. No reservations. 371 Airport- Pulling Rd. 239-643-2877. www.michelbobs.com
Classic Italian in a beautiful indoor room and an al fresco patio setting, featuring pasta, meat and fish dinners. Try the Vitello alla Saltimboca or one of the many other specialties of the house. Full bar and wine cellar. Summer hours, serving dinner only. 26841 South Bay Dr. at the Bonita Bay Promenade. 239-992- 7025. www.molinosristorante.com
Old 41 Restaurant
Serving breakfast and lunch. Specialties include eggs, omelets, pancakes, waffles, homemade soups, salads, sandwiches, Angus burgers, chili, Taylor pork roll, sausage gravy, home cooked roast beef and turkey and “real” Philly cheese steaks. Corner of Old 41 and Bernwood Parkway. 239-948- 4123. www.old41.com
This breakfast and lunch eatery offers indoor and outdoor seating so it is pet friendly. Some of their specialties include omelets, Challah French Toast, and Toasted Ultimate Vegetable Wrap. Hours: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. 24600. Tamiami Trail, Shoppes at Pelican Landing, 221-8256.
Fresh pasta, seafood and Italian specialties. Antipasto salad, penne, lasagna, lobster ravioli, linguini with white clam sauce, zuppa di pesce, veal, chicken and shrimp. 18 pizza and calzone creations. Lunch and dinner specials. 26831 S. Tamiami Trail near Publix across from Bonita Bay. 239-949-2204.
Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza
Established in 1964 in Illinois, Rosati’s Authentic Chicago Pizza in Estero offers Chicago-style, thin crust, double-dough pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and desserts from authentic Italian family recipes. No matter where you are in the United States, you will find the same original family recipes at their 150+ restaurants. It’s the pizza you’ll fall in love with. Delivery, carryout & catering. They accept Visa, Master- Card, Discover & Amex. No personal checks accepted. Order online at www.myrosatis.com $3.00 delivery charge within 5 miles, 21301 S. Tamiami Trail, Estero Fl. 33928 On the corner of Corkscrew & Tamiami 239-221-3706.
Thickest shakes, biggest sundaes and best cones. 35 ice cream flavors, 12 low-fat and sugar-free choices. Delicious lunches featuring Boar’s Head meats and cheeses and family recipes for chicken, egg and tuna salad. Kids menu. Open ‘til 10 p.m. at both locations: Vanderbilt Dr. & 8th Street in Bonita Springs 992-2000 and at Pavillion Shoppes (Vanderbilt Beach Road & 41) 239-597-4043. www.royalscoop.com
The iconic cone stands behind Fitzgerald’s Irish Pub on Bonita Beach Rd. All your favorite ice cream treats as well as iced coffees, hot dogs, chili dogs and a play area for your children. Open 7 days a week from 11am to 10 pm. 9030 Bonita Beach Rd.
The Fish House
A Bonita bayside bistro. Come by car or boat. Fresh seafood. Dining inside or out, with a petfriendly outside patio. Specialties include blackened tuna bites, hot blue crab and shrimp dip, oyster baskets, grouper tacos, lobster tacos and Key lime pie. Open daily 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. 4685 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-495-5770. www.thefishhouserestaurants.com
Sweet Caroline’s Bakery, Café and Catering
A popular destination in North Naples for over 20 years. Known for its world class muffins and pastries, new owners Brenda and Scott Mueller have added custom cakes and baked goods to the full breakfast and lunch menu featuring over 30 varieties of muffins. Open Mon to Fri. 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. 11121 Health Park Blvd. (across from North Naples Hospital), 239-592-1111. www.sweetcarolinesnaples.com
Trail Café & Grill
Updated menus and new items along with the old favorites for breakfast and lunch. The homemade cinnamon rolls have been a big hit along with an assortment of cookies and muffins. They will cater for your next event. 12820 Tamiami Trail N. Unit #6, Naples. 239-598-2480. www.trailcafenaples.com
Serving modern American cuisine in an exquisite Bonita Springs dining room where guests are surrounded by artwork of local artists. Wine and more than 30 chilled beers are available, including hard to find micro brews. Reservations are recommended but walk-ins are always welcome. 4271 Bonita Beach Rd. 239-947-0408. www.wyldscafe.com