December 18, 2014

Hot Dish

The Sanibel Causeway brings you to a relaxing island world and a Gulf treasure at Twilight Restaurant & Wine Bar, the newest restaurant from Robert Parks, who also owns The Stone Crab, Shrimp & Seafood House. Savor old favorites such as grilled veal chop or rack of lamb, as well as new creations such as blackened grouper with chorizo and roasted corn salsa, or seared duck breast on bok choy. Enjoy wine pairings from the wine bar, or create a flight of wines with unique cheeses. Expect the unexpected! 2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel Island, 472-8818, www.twilightonsanibel.com.

NewsStand Café and Catering Co. is a neighborhood spot offering European delights in a casual, comfortable, tree-shaded setting across from the NCH North Naples Hospital Campus on the corner of Goodlette-Frank and Immokalee roads. My favorites include the house salad, wild rice with smoked ham soup, crispy duck and berry cobbler. Next will be beef bourguignon, Maryland crab cakes and wienerschnitzel. Executive Chef Julius Minarik hails from Slovakia, and his seasonings are spot-on delicious. 1121 Health Park Blvd., Naples, 598-4552, www.newsstandcafenaples.com.

Naples’ Blue Agave Tequila Bar & Grill is the newest restaurant on the East Trail, serving traditional Mexican delights such as chiles rellenos with Oaxaca cheese, pollo Oaxaca with a creamy chipotle sauce, and carne asada’s grilled flank steak. There are Tex-Mex favorites such as enchiladas, chimichangas and burritos, plus a tasty, creative variation of black-and-blue quesadillas featuring blue cheese and steak. Blue Agave has the only tequila bar in Southwest Florida. Don’t pass up the tequila cheesecake or Mexican-style flan. The décor is attractively upscale, and late-night entertainment is offered on Friday and Saturday nights. 3785 U.S. 41 E., in Naples Towne Centre, 262-2582.

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