This is my last post about my vacation, I swear! But with below zero temperatures and classes starting again, it’s hard not to think about it. Naples has so many things to do and also so many places to eat; I could never claim to be an expert on the local eateries even after all the years I’ve visited, but I have definitely formed some opinions during my time in Naples. So here are my restaurant recommendations for your next trip to the Naples, Florida area.
A casual meal – Pelican Larry’s
Pelican Larry’s has a laid back bar atmosphere with walls lined with TVs, friendly service and great food. Although it may look like any other ordinary bar, Pelican Larry’s website is packed with awards they have received for their food, service and atmosphere. Try anything from the Chili to the Buffalo Chicken Wrap – or my mom’s favorite: the Grouper Sandwich.
The favorite – Bonefish
I’ve been to Bonefish a number of times and have never been disappointed. They offer great food, fair portions and a decent price. Nothing to complain about there! The Bang Bang Shrimp, Shrimp Pad Thai, Crème Brûlée and Filet Mignon are all delicious!
Straight off the airplane – Cheddar’s
Cheddar’s is a chain, but I’d never been to one before, so it still felt like a novelty to me. The best part? It’s located nearby the Fort Lauderdale airport, so you don’t have to go far after landing. The menu is huge, with a wide variety of different styles of food to choose from, so it is bound to please your whole group. I had the Key West Chicken & Shrimp, because I was in the Florida spirit. So good!
The special occasion – The Turtle Club
The Turtle Club is my grandpa’s favorite for an extra special meal. It’s also great for first time Florida goers, because it’s quite the experience. You just might be dining a little early, because you’ll want to make it there before the sunsets, so you can look out across the ocean to view it from your table on the sand.
Breakfast – Skillets
I’ve never personally been to Skillets, but a fellow sorority sister and good friend swears by it, so I’m listening to her (and my grandpa seconded her opinion, so I thought it was safe)! Need a Sunday brunch or early breakfast? This place is the place to be for tourists and locals alike.
Lunch with a view – CJ’s on the Bay
The atmosphere and view at CJ’s on the Bay is one of my all time favorites. Sitting outside on the patio during lunch is such a relaxing experience. CJ’s on the Bay is actually on Marco Island, where we always go to the beach. Lucky for you, CJ’s on the Bay is on the way back to Naples from the beach. Stop in! You won’t be disappointed.
A quaint cafe – Amigo’s
Amigo’s serves (according to their website, because I can’t really be one to judge) authentic Mexican in the most quaint, adorable cafe on Tamiami Trail. The atmosphere is fun, the food is good and most importantly, the owner and staff are friendly. My family and I ate dinner at the bar and had a blast laughing and chatting with the owner. I’ve only been twice, but I’ll definitely be going again.
Have you ever been to Naples, Florida before? What are your favorite restaurants in southwest Florida? Let me know in the comments below. I always need suggestions for my next trip back!