April 16, 2014

Hot Dish

A Table Apart is one of my favorite spots. This delicious oasis features tried-and-true creations in a warmly attractive casual setting. Patrons trek to Bonita Springs from Naples and Fort Myers just for a fix. Chef Jeff Acol and his wife, Jessica, offer familiar food with Asian and French accents. Start light with poached pear salad, then sample pan-roasted free-range chicken, organic salmon (two ways), honey-bourbon-glazed, bone-in pork chop and pan-seared wild Alaskan scallops. There’s even an Italian side with shrimp fra diavolo, rigatoni alla Bolognese and grilled vegetable primavera. Save room for nightly desserts that may include tarte tatin, chocolate mousse or a tropical surprise! 4295 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 221-8540, atableapart.com

Fit and Fuel, one of Naples’ popular newer spots, serving a welcome assortment of wholesome breakfast and lunch items. The pet-friendly front porch tables are my spots to relax with friends over simple fare. Inside, the décor is warm with brick walls and comfy chairs. Food is refreshingly fresh; try the croissants, huge fruit and nut muffins, raw veggie or turkey avocado wraps, creative salads and fruit bowls. Sip one of the best cups of coffee around. Keep your energy up with protein smoothies—flavors include banana, mixed berry, whey and seasonal fruits. It’s all part of Naples Cyclery, and I’d just add “healthy food” to their motto of “coffee, bicycles, conversation … simple.” 819 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples, 514-3333

The Edison Restaurant, Bar and Banquet Center is a spacious, elegant grand dame from an earlier era whose chefs prepare wallet-friendly family fare. Dine inside with classic décor or outside at my favorite area—the back bar. Both sites overlook the lush green golf course. The all-American cuisine is comfort food at its best. Savor Black Angus sliders, pot roast nachos and the $15 “family shareable” quintet of grilled chicken tenders, Krab spring rolls, calamari and fried mozzarella sticks. Follow with the favorite Mina’s pan-seared pork chop, baby back ribs, rosemary chicken bruschetta, pizza or grilled fresh salmon with beurre blanc. Priced from $12 to $15 for large portions, be ready to take some home. The Chandelier Bar is a sports mecca with large-screen TVs, daily specials and frequent entertainment. 3583 McGregor Blvd., Fort Myers, 936-9348, edisonfl.com

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