Napleswalk Newsletter  
May 2017

Zip through the mangrove tunnels on the Barron River near Everglades City! Take a mangrove airboat tour with Captain Jack's Airboat Tours. Take an exciting 1-hour airboat tour through Everglades mangroves, then get 3 free bonuses bonuses: hug a baby alligator, see a live alligator show with an experienced handler, and visit our Animal Sanctuary with tigers, panthers, snakes, otters, over 100 alligators, and more!

Kelly's Fish House closes the end of June after 64 years of service to the community

Doc Ford's to purchase and develop the property with another waterfront Plaza.  First it was The's next store that fell to the developers Naples Bay Resort now Kelly's to a developer Doc Ford's.

The's and Kelly's were treasure of Old Naples, but we all know "Money Talks Bull S...t walks."

The developer has plans, that I'm sure, offering a concept of a three floor project with his signature ground level restaurant , two upper floors for rental condo's (of course) and under ground parking.

Doc Ford's will be the new anchor restaurant.  It will be his fourth location having restaurants on Sanibel-Captiva and Fort Myers Beach.

Add two more Restaurants biting the Bullet.  

Masa's last day is May 6, and two downtown fixtures are among the dearly departed as well.

Downtown, Roy's at Bayfront has already closed its doors, although the Bonita Springs location of the fine-dining Hawaiian fusion chain from mega-chef Roy Yamaguchi is still alive and well. 

Mother's Day Brunch/Dinner Recommendations

You mention 'special" and view, so I won't worry about budget.

For oceanside dining in Naples I would check out Turtle Club and Baleen (at LaPlaya Resort).

The Bay House is lovely too -- usually has some gentle live jazz and is situated on an inlet with glorious views of wildlife and marshes

M Waterfront Grille at Venetian Village has great canal views --worth checking out their menu.

No need to travel to Naples! Marco Beach Ocean Resort on Marco Island has a great Mother's Day Brunch for $21.95 per person.

Mother's Day dining specials at local restaurants - Naples Daily News hours ago - These local restaurants have dining specials for Mother's Day. ... Alexanders will be open for Mother's Day at 4 p.m. Sunday where moms will ...

Good News, New Business  

  • Ginza Sushi & Hibachi (4429 Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers): This enormous eatery with room for more than 200 guests has something for everyone—an a la carte menu plus an optional all-you-can-eat selection of rolls and pan-Asian entrées (the $13.95 lunch and $22.95 dinner deal isn’t a buffet; you just order as much of what’s included as you like).

    • Palm City Brewing (7887 Drew Circle, Fort Myers): It seems like we’ve been waiting ages for this taproom to debut. Now that they’ve launched their “soft Saturdays,” we can take the quick detour from I-75 near Alico Road for a taste of what we’d only been able to previously sample at festivals.

    • Wasabi Japanese Steak House & Sushi Lounge (10801 Corkscrew Road, Estero): Yet another eatery has found its niche in the Miromar Outlets complex—and this one includes more than 30 hand-rolled selections plus tableside hibachi and a full bar.

    • Bonita Bean (4171 Bonita Beach Road SW, Bonita Springs): A new coffee shop touting espressos, Cuban coffees, specialty lattes and pastries is welcoming locals from its perch on Bonita Beach Road near A Table Apart.

10 Best Restaurants for Waterfront Dining
The best of the best when it comes to waterfront dining in Naples, Fort Myers and the rest of Southwest Florida

So says Gulf shore Life, here they are, you decide.

1. Baleen

9891 Gulf Shore Drive, Naples; 239-598-5707

2. The Bay House

799 Walkerbilt Road, Naples; 239-591-3837  I agree on this one.

3. The Village on Venetian Bay / Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar, Fish, M Waterfront Grille and more

4200 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples; 239-261-6100  Another I agree on.

4. HB’s On the Gulf

851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples; 239-435-4347,   Didn't know that.

Everyone equates The Naples Beach Hotel with lively summer concerts, but what people may not know is the Old Florida charmer has bands on constant rotation at its waterfront pavilion—and the food, at both the upscale HB’s On the Gulf and the much more casual Sunset Beach Bar & Grill, never disappoints. 

5. The Mad Hatter

6467 Sanibel Captiva Road, Sanibel; 239-472-0033  I've heard that before.

6. Tarpon Point Marina / The Nauti Mermaid Dockside Bar & Grill, Marker 92 Waterfront Bar & Bistro, Melograno Italian Gourmet Bakery & Bistro, Pinchers Crab Shack  What ever.

6179 Black Marlin Lane, Cape Coral  Who knows, take a shot.

7. Camellia Street Grill 

208 Camellia St. W., Everglades City; 239-695-2003

Need a drink?

Check out the seven best waterfront bars Southwest Florida has to offer.

For eight years, this stilted wooden structure in airboat country has been serving its unique breed of hyper-local food— Hey, maybe they serve Square Grouper, I'll be there.

8. Rumrunners

5848 Cape Harbour Drive, Cape Coral; 239-542-0200  Rumrunners, I'm there

ou can call it an afternoon with his cult-classic crunchy grouper sandwich, but from a salad of grilled peaches and prosciutto-wrapped watermelon cubes drizzled with feta and sweet balsamic vinegar to an angel hair pasta topped with Sanibel’s favorite pink crustaceans in a garlic-and-basil-infused tomato broth, there are multiple opportunities to tickle your taste buds and take in breathtaking vistas. Who knows.

9. Fresh Catch Bistro

3040 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach; 239-463-2600

Despite the fact most of the Fort Myers Beach mainstays seem to exist in permanent spring break mode,

one of the area’s nicest establishments, complete with lust-worthy panoramic views and expertly prepared fish. You’ll ignore the slate-blue carpet and builder-grade tile floors even more so once you’ve had a bite of the salmon Oscar with Key lime hollandaise or the lemony jumbo prawns in a creamy risotto.

10. Sale e Pepe

480 S. Collier Blvd., Marco Island; 239-393-1600, 

The Marco Beach Ocean Resort takes its flagship restaurant so seriously it has its own separate driveway and valet—and 700-bottle wine list.  Wine lovers, you're all set.


Naples Events Calendar

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Marco Island Kayak Tour with Optional Beach Landing      
from  $79.

Kayak Tour (2.5 hours)Meet your guide, a local naturalist, and the rest of the group (there will be no more than eight participants) at the departure point. 

Then head over to the launch point on March Island, which will be based on local daily weather conditions.

After arriving hop in your double kayak (single kayaks are only used when there is an odd number of participants) and take off on the water, floating through the mangrove tunnels and keeping your eyes open for wildlife.

Silverspot Trilogy’s Better Bites

We’re lucky not only to have a reserve-your-own-seat theater in Naples, but Silverspot Cinema is a posh one at that, with plush leather armchairs arranged as stadium seats and a full bar to boot.

So when the company announced several months back it was redoing its food offerings by partnering with the David Burke Group (headed by the celebrity chef with a penchant for lollipop trees and other whimsical culinary feats), it was exciting news for foodies and cinemaphiles. 

The new concession-stand menu, “Trilogy in a Box,” has been released, and it’s a mix of a dozen or so items, like mini BLT lobster rolls, pulled pork sliders, chili, personal pizzas and guacamole with “angry” chips (Burke-speak for spiced—if he wasn’t the first to use the term, he was certainly among its early adopters).

Nothing is earth-shattering, like what you may be seeing on the big screen, but the food is definitely way better than your average theater fare.

The three mini-lobster rolls I received had toasted split-top buns, a decent amount of claw meat, not too much filler and an herby tarragon-inflected current.

I couldn’t decide when I ordered them if I liked the non-traditional BLT element, but the thickly cut slices of bacon and tomato wound up being a toothsome touch.

The next step the theater is taking is debuting a redesigned sit-down restaurant that will hopefully be done by the end of April, in addition to an enlarged bar in the area opposite of where the current one exists.

The final menu hasn’t been decided on yet, and it may ultimately be very similar to what’s already there, but that second space is just what you need if you don’t want to miss any minute of what brought you there in the first place.

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