Capt. Kirk’s Stone Crabs and Fresh Seafood Market has been a local secret for years. Across the street from Cambier Park, it’s my to-go spot for very fresh local seafood, supplemented by delights from other parts of the country. Whether it’s tripletail, yellow snapper, grouper, seasonal stone crab claws or the ever popular soft shell crabs, things sell out early. Lunch is a bargain with fresh black grouper, red snapper and shellfish sandwiches, plus oyster stew and clam chowder. They smoke amberjack, king mackerel, salmon and my favorite, mullet, daily. 629 Eighth St. S., Naples, 263-1976
Naples’ The Capital Grille is a trendsetter—with new dishes that others may mimic, but seldom master. Why? Few use the finest quality ingredients that sets The Capital Grille apart. Treat yourself to lunch. Start with the roasted red pepper soup’s blend of sweet potato, poblano peppers, and sweet onions. Then savor my favorite burger—the six-ounce Wagyu beef patty, topped with a fried egg, Havarti cheese and crisp fried onion on a brioche bun. It’s perfect with a side of roasted root vegetables. The lobster-and-crab-stuffed shrimp is tops. Like heat? Spicy pan-fried calamari with hot cherry peppers hits the spot.
9005 Mercato Drive, Naples, 254-0640, thecapitalgrille.com
Cocina Mexicana El Tenampa in Estero is a friendly, family-run restaurant serving authentic Mexican food, most from the Tenampa region. From complimentary freshly fried tortilla chips and salsa to an absolutely heavenly chile relleno—all is cooked to order. I flipped over the $2 tacos—the cilantro-topped barbacoa is large and luscious, best with a squirt of lime juice. It’s open daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Service is efficient with breakfast burritos, eggs with chorizo, through lunch’s bountiful burritos, tamales flautas, tortas al pastor and steaks. Weekends specials include savory seafood soups, beef stew and menudo.
21301 S. Tamiami Trail, Suite 400, Estero, 495-8372
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