October 25, 2014

Hot Dish

Naples’ KC American Bistro Chef Keith Casey offers American regional favorites and new dishes with creative, savory touches. The intimate dining spot is perfect for dinner and a movie—it’s walking distance from the Pavilion Cinema 10. I recommend the sautéed Cape Cod diver scallops with shellfish nage, hazelnut-encrusted salmon, dayboat flounder with blood orange vinaigrette and the Kurobuta pork with sour cherry pan gravy. 885 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 566-2371, www.kcbistronaples.com.

Fort Myers’ Courtyard Café is my spot for relaxing with friends or Wi-Fi. The former site of Blackhawk Café, this warm, inviting place has delicious smoothies, coffees, café Cubano, cappuccinos and unique bites such as croque monsieur or crepe salmon—most less than $6. My favorites are the ever-changing gelato flavors. Try triple-chocolate, strawberry cheesecake and Bananas Foster. Relax with tea, beer or wine; there’s never a rush for your seat. 13499 S. Cleveland Ave., Suite 137, Fort Myers, 433-7770.

The Naples Beach Hotel & Golf Club is a top spot for Sunday brunch. Available in season, the expansive buffet is served overlooking the Gulf of Mexico. Pianist Gordon Banks’ jazz-infused style is a bonus. The offerings are generous with carved prime rib, carved ham, turkey or pork loin, chicken, seafood and pasta dishes, salad bar and desserts. $32 per adult, $16 for kids ages six to 12, and free for children five and younger. 851 Gulf Shore Blvd. N., Naples. Reservations at 435-4348, www.naplesbeachhotel.com

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