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Readers' Choice Best of the Gulfshore 2017: Food & Drink

Our readers pick their favorites in Southwest Florida.




 

Winners were determined by hundreds of ballots from Gulfshore Life readers. The top winner is listed first in each category, followed by the  finalists.

Asian

Collier

Winner
AZN Asian Cuisine

 

Finalists
Sushi-Thai
Zen Asian BBQ

 

Lee

Winner
Ginger Bistro

 

Finalists
Kumo Japenese Steak House & Sushi
Sushi-Thai Too

 

Bakery Non-Chain

Collier

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Mikkelsen’s Pastry Shop
Tony’s Off Third

 

Lee

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Noela Chocolate and Confections
Sweet Odin’s Danish Bakery

 

Barbecue

Collier

Winner
Texas Tony’s BBQ Shack

 

Finalists
Black Eyed Pig
Michelbob’s Championship
Ribs & Steak

 

Lee

Winner
Mission BBQ

 

Finalists
Rib City Grill
Sonny’s BBQ

 

Bartender (establishment)

Collier

Winner
The Pub Naples

 

Finalists
Bar Tulia
The Continental
Vergina

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery

 

Beer List

Collier

Winner
Naples Beach Brewery

 

Finalists
The Continental
South Street City Oven & Grill

 

Lee

Winner
World of Beer

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Momentum Brewhouse

 

Bloody Mary

Collier

Winner
The Dock at Crayton Cove

 

Finalists
7th Avenue Social
The Continental
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill

 

Lee

Winner
Cork Soakers Deck and
Wine Bar

 

Finalists
Artichoke and Company
Fathoms Restaurant & Bar
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Breakfast

Collier

Winner
Skillets

 

Finalists
Another Broken Egg Cafe
First Watch

 

Lee

Winner
First Watch

 

Finalists
CRaVE Restaurant
Skillets

 

Boat Access

Collier

Winner
The Dock at Crayton Cove

 

Finalists
The Boathouse
Snook Inn

 

Lee

Winner
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Finalists
Boat House Tiki Bar & Grill
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grill

 

Brunch

Collier

Winner
Jane’s on 3rd Garden Café

 

Finalists
BALEEN Naples
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
Artichoke and Company

 

Finalists
CRaVE Restaurant
First Watch

 

Burger Non-Chain

Collier

Winner
Brooks Gourmet Burgers & Dogs

 

Finalists
The Continental
Jimmy P’s Charred

 

Lee

Winner
Burgerque

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Ford’s Garage
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

 

Business Lunch

Collier

Winner
Shula’s Steak House

Finalists
Ocean Prime
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
The Veranda

 

Butcher Shop

Collier

Winner
Jimmy P’s Butcher Shop & Deli

 

Finalists
Pepper’s Naples German
Deli & Butcher
Wynn’s Market

 

Lee

Winner
Mario’s Italian Meat Market and Deli

 

Finalists
DeRomo’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant
Paesano’s Italian Fresh Market

 

Caterer

Collier

Winner
Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland

 

Finalists
Lurcat Catering
Sage Events

 

Lee

Winner
Artichoke and Company

 

Finalists
Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland
Sage Events

 

Chocolate Shop

Collier

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Kilwin’s Chocolates
Olde Naples Chocolate

 

Lee

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Kilwin’s Chocolates
Noela Chocolate & Confections

 

Cocktail Menu

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
Bar Tulia
Ocean Prime
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Matanzas on the Bay
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

 

Cold Treat

Collier

Winner
Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream

 

Finalists
Barbatella
Norman Love Confections

 

Lee

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Love Boat Ice Cream
Royal Scoop Homemade Ice Cream

 

Creative/Innovative Menu

Collier

Winner
Sea Salt

 

Finalists
Café and Bar Lurcat
Osteria Tulia

 

Lee

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Artichoke and Company
Crave Culinaire by Chef Brian Roland

 

Date Night

Collier

Winner
Sea Salt

 

Finalists
Bleu Provence
The Continental
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
Norman Love Confections

 

Finalists
Angelina’s Ristorante
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Dessert

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
BALEEN Naples
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante         

                                                                                                                           

Finalists
El Gaucho Inca
Restaurant
The Melting Pot

 

Doughnuts

Collier

Winner
Peace, Love & Little Donuts

 

Finalists
Café Lurcat
Dunkin’ Donuts

 

Lee

Winner
Bennett’s Fresh Roast

 

Finalists
Dunkin’ Donuts
Trackside Donuts & Café

 

Farm to Table

Collier

Winner
Oakes Farms Market

 

Finalists
Food & Thought
The Local

 

Lee

Winner
Jack’s Farm to Fork

 

Finalist
Buckingham Farms
Sage Events

 

French

Collier

Winner
Bleu Provence

 

Finalist
Chez Boët
Côte d’Azur

 

Lee

Winner
Azure

 

Finalist
Bleu Rendezvous
Mad Fresh Urban Bistro
Slate’s Restaurant

 

Happy Hour

Collier

Winner
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill

 

Finalists
Ocean Prime
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Bahama Breeze
Big Blue Brewing

 

Healthy/Organic

Collier

Winner
Food & Thought

 

Finalists
The Bowl
The Local

 

Lee

Winner
Ada’s Natural Market

 

Finalists
Chef Brooke’s
Natural Café
Sage Events

 

Italian

Collier

Winner
Campiello

 

Finalists
Barbatella
Osteria Tulia

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
CIBO
DeRomo’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant

 

Japanese (Hibachi)

Collier

Winner
DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge

 

Finalists
Fujiyama Steak and Seafood House
Maguro Japanese Steak House

 

Lee

Winners
Kumo Japanese Steakhouse & Sushi

 

Finalist
DaRuMa Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge
Osaka’s Japanese Steakhouse

 

Key Lime Pie

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
BALEEN Naples
Publix

 

Lee

Winner
Publix

 

Finalists
Keylime Bistro
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar
Rodes Fresh & Fancy

 

Kid-Friendly

Collier

Winner
BALEEN Naples

 

Finalists
D’Amico & Sons
The Local
Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

 

Lee

Winner
Jack’s Farm to Fork

 

Finalists
The Island Cow
LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

 

Late-Night Dining

Collier

Winner
Bar Tulia

 

Finalists
7th Avenue Social
Café Lurcat
The Continental

 

Lee

Winner
Big Blue Brewing

 

Finalist
Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery

 

Latin-American

Collier

Winner
Fernández the Bull Cuban Cafe

 

Finalists
El Gaucho Inca Bistro
Inca’s Kitchen

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalists
Azucar Restaurant & Bakery
Lapa’s Costa Rican Bistro

 

Live Music

Collier

Winner
South Street City Oven & Grill

 

Finalists
7th Avenue Social
The Continental

 

Lee

Winner
Roadhouse Cafe

 

Finalists
Angelina’s Ristorante
Big Blue Brewing
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Martini

Collier

Winner
Blue Martini

 

Finalists
The Continental
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Blu Sushi
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Mediterranean Cuisine

Collier

Winner
Bha! Bha! Persian Bistro

 

Finalists
Mediterrano
Pelagos Café

 

Lee

Winner
Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar

 

Finalists
Figs Grille
La Trattoria Cafe Napoli
Plaka II Restaurant

 

New Restaurant

Collier

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Bistro

 

Finalists
1500 South
MidTown Kitchen + Bar
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
Big Blue Brewing

 

Finalists
Blanc
Petar’s Restaurant

 

Pizza Non-Chain

Collier

Winner
Pizza Fusion

 

Finalists
Barbatella
Cosmos Café & Pizzeria
The Crust

 

Lee

Winner
Overtime Pizzeria and Sports Pub

 

Finalists
Matanzas on the Bay
Nice Guy’s Pizza

 

Place to Hang with the Locals

Collier

Winner
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill

 

Finalists
Campiello
South Street City Oven & Grill

 

Lee

Winner
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
The Dek Bar
Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery
Rusty’s Raw Bar & Grill

 

Place to People-Watch

Collier

Winner
Campiello                                                                                                             

 

Finalists
Fifth Avenue South
Mercato

 

Lee

Winner
Fort Myers Beach

 

Finalists
Downtown Fort Myers
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

 

Place to Watch a Game

Collier

Winner
Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill

 

Finalists
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill
Tavern on the Bay

 

Lee

Winner
Overtime Pizzeria and Sports Pub

 

Finalists
Duffy’s Sports Grill
PierSide Grill and Famous Blowfish Bar

 

Pooch-Friendly

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
Campiello
Ridgway Bar & Grill
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
Coconut Point

 

Finalists
Bell Tower Shops
Big Blue Brewing

 

Premade Meal

Collier

Winner
Sage Events

 

Finalists
Fresh Fit Foods
Wynn’s Market

 

Lee

Winner
Sage Events

 

Finalists
Ada’s Natural Market
DeRomo’s Gourmet Market
The Fresh Market

 

Private Room

Collier

Winner
Shula’s Steak House

 

Finalists
BALEEN Naples
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Artichoke and Company
The Veranda

 

Restaurant General Excellence

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
Bleu Provence
Ocean Prime
Sea Salt

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalists
Angelina’s Ristorante
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Sandwich/Sub Shop

Collier

Winners
Larry’s Lunchbox Delicatessen

 

Finalists
Jimmy P’s Butcher Shop & Deli
Pastrami Dan’s

 

Lee

Winner
Stan’s Super Subs

Finalists
Heavenly Hoagies

Mario’s Italian Meat Market and Deli

 

Seafood

Collier

Winner
Truluck’s

 

Finalists
Ocean Prime
Swan River Seafood
USS Nemo

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalists
Fish Tale Grill
Lobster Lady Seafood Market
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Small Plates

Collier

Winner
Lamoraga

 

Finalists
Bar Tulia
Bites

 

Lee

Winner
Artichoke and Company

 

Finalists
Blanc
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Special Occasion

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
Bleu Provence
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca
Restaurant

 

Finalists
Angelina’s Ristorante
The Veranda

 

Specialty Market

Collier

Winner
Wynn’s Market

 

Finalists
The Fresh Market
Oakes Farms Market

 

Lee

Winner
DeRomo’s Gourmet Market & Restaurant

 

Finalists
The Fresh Market
Mario’s Meat Market and Deli

 

Steakhouse

Collier

Winner
The Capital Grille

 

Finalists
The Continental
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Ocean Prime
Shula’s Steak House

 

Lee

Winner
Ruth’s Chris Steak House

 

Finalists
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant
Texas Roadhouse

 

Sushi

Collier

Winner
Sushi-Thai

 

Finalists
Ocean Prime
Sushi One

 

Lee

Winner
Blu Sushi

 

Finalists
DaRuMa Steakhouse and Sushi Lounge
Origami Korean-Japanese Restaurant
Sushi-Thai Too

 

Tacos Non-chain

Collier

Winner
Tacos & Tequila Cantina

 

Finalists
Felipe’s Mexican Taqueria
Taqueria San Julian

 

Lee

Winner
Taqueria San Julian

 

Finalist
La Casita Authentic Mexican Food
Maria’s Mexican Restaurant

 

Take-Out

Collier

Winner
Carrabba’s Italian Grill

 

Finalists
D’Amico & Sons
I Burnt Mine BBQ

 

Lee

Winner
LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Brahama Sushi

 

Vegetarian

Collier

Winner
Loving Hut Vegan Cuisine

 

Finalists
The Local
Sage Events

 

Lee

Winner
Sage Events

 

Finalists
Ada’s Natural Market
Brooke’s Natural Café

 

Vibe/Lounge

Collier

Winner
The Continental

 

Finalists
7th Avenue Social
Blue Martini

 

Lee

Winner
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Finalists
Big Blue Brewing
Blue Sushi
Nevermind Awesome Bar & Eatery

 

Waterfront

Collier

Winner
The Turtle Club

 

Finalists
BALEEN Naples
The Dock at Crayton Cove

 

Lee

Winner
Doc Ford’s Rum Bar & Grille

 

Finalists
Pink Shell Beach Resort & Marina
Matanzas on the Bay

 

Wine Bar

Collier

Winner
Paradise Wine

 

Finalists
Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurant
The Wine Loft of Naples

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalists
Angelina’s Ristorante
Twisted Vine Bistro

 

Wine List

Collier

Winner
Bleu Provence

 

Finalists
The Continental
Ocean Prime

 

Lee

Winner
El Gaucho Inca Restaurant

 

Finalist
Angelina’s Ristorante

 

Wine Store

Collier

Winner
Bleu Cellar at Bleu Provence

 

Finalists
Paradise Wine
Total Wine & More

 

Lee

Winner
Total Wine & More

 

Finalist
ABC Fine Wine & Spirits

 

Wings

Collier

Winner
Pelican Larry’s Raw Bar & Grill

 

Finalists
Bokampers Sports Bar & Grill
Buffalo Wild Wings
Hooters

 

Lee

Winner
Buffalo Chips

 

Finalists
Buffalo Wild Wings
Matanzas on the Bay

 

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