October 30, 2014

Noodles celebrates the big 2-0 and Sanibel is jumping with new restaurants from familiar faces

Naples’ Noodles Café & Sushi Bar celebrates its 20th Anniversary

There are perhaps a handful o dining spots left in Naples that can claim a 20th anniversary. Brothers and co-owners Matt and Seth Benevento-Berman are celebrating Noodles’ 20th in a special way.

Celebrating a 20th anniversary, 20th class reunion, or bringing a party of 20? Celebrate at Noodles and receive a 20 percent discount off your dining experience.

Every 20th day of the month, starting with May 20, guests receive a 20 percent discount off all food and beverages, in the dining room, carry-out and catering.

Enjoy a complete four-course, 20th anniversary meal for  two for  $20, featuring  fettuccine carbonara, chicken Parmesan, Momma's homemade meatball and sweet Italian sausage exclusively on the 20th of each month during the anniversary celebration.

Savor the family’s original recipe for Italy’s classic Tiramisu dessert for just 20 cents a serving with any lunch or dinner meal only on the 20th of the month.

1585 Pine Ridge Road #5, Naples, 592-0050, noodlescafe.com/twentyyears 

 

George & Wendy’s Corner Grill a Sanibel Success

George & Wendy’s Corner Grill opened in Sanibel Island’s Bailey’s Center, at the corner of Tarpon Bay Road and Periwinkle Way. Over time, it has been the site of Tarwinkle's Seafood Emporium, The Seafood Factory (owned by Andy and Brenda Biddles), Randy Post’s innovative Gasparilla's Grill and then Biddle's Bucket (also by the Biddles). Well-known Sanibel restaurateurs George and Wendy Schnapp’s newest dining spot may well be the most successful restaurant at this site. 

It has been completely renovated, with a bright, tropical look, accented by Stacie Krupa’s colorful paintings. The pricing is in line with other Sanibel spots. Selections are family-oriented, with most kids’ meals for less than $6. For lower-priced adult-sized dinner items, there's the Reuben for $10, grouper fingers for $15 and blackened grouper tacos for $15. For bigger appetites, try sweet bourbon-marinated salmon ($24), pan-seared Schnapper snapper ($25), seafood linguine ($24), 16-ounce char-grilled rib eye ($29) and twin four-ounce lamb chops ($25).

The large restaurant has a full bar, and nearby widescreen TVs. Come for varied weekend live music, which is hard to find on the Island since Ellington’s closed.

2499 Periwinkle Way. Sanibel,  395-1263, georgeandwendyscornergrill.

 

Twilight Cafe & Wine Bar: Robert Park’s newest Sanibel Island eatery

Robert Parks, a Sanibel chef and restaurateur since 1996, is doing well at his newest restaurant located in the former site of Andrea’s Gourmet Market.

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The food is delicious. Service is good. I recommend the $15 Twilight combo letting one sample two pan-seared crab cakes, toasted foccacia bruschetta and a pair of crisp coconut shrimp. A clever treat is the goat cheese-stuffed crabcakes for $12.  You can’t go wrong with the oh-so-tender grilled veal chop for $32, with its side of grilled broccoli and roasted corn and crawfish mashed potatoes.

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I flipped over the $26 grilled rack of New Zealand lamb with its port wine demi glace. Seafood lovers are pleased with the seared tuna. I like the almost limitless ways you can create your own dish from a variety of proteins and sides. Quite a few choices are vegetarian-friendly. 2430 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, 472-8818, twilightonsanibel.com