August 22, 2014

Hot Dish

Osetra Champagne and Caviar Bar brings laid-back elegance and sophistication to Fifth Avenue South.  Start with a colossal crab martini, lobster martini or seafood platter in the intimate, cozy setting. Dine on champagne-steamed lobster tails and white truffle potato medallions, or splurge for surf and turf. Savor Petrossian caviar and sip Louis Roederer Cristal, or quaff a Corona with veal Bolognese—there’s something for every taste. Live entertainment features a variety of musicians or painters. 469 Fifth Ave. S., Naples, 776-7938, osetranaples.com.

Peace Love & Little Donuts kaleidoscopic selection of donuts are Naples’ hottest desserts. Mark Couch crafts simple-to-the sublime small donuts, using three primary batters—sour cream, blueberry and devil’s food cake. After that, all bets are off with topping combinations. My favorites are the robust maple bacon donut and the lemonade icing dressed with a raspberry dollop. Other popular flavors are banana split, s’mores, cherry cheesecake, apple pie and raspberry Oreo. Drive through or stay and sip freshly brewed coffee. 2201 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, 213-0188.

Captiva Island’s Key Lime Bistro is a great, uber-casual watering hole for locals and visitors alike with patio dining and ample portions of good food and spirits. Arrive early to claim your piece of paradise, and enjoy local live music. My top dishes include breakfast’s crabcake Benedict, seafood antipasto, grouper filet topped with lobster and a Key lime Hollandaise sauce, and grouper picatta with capers and a Key lime beurre blanc. Varied and eclectic music enhances the lunch and dinner ambiance. 11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Captiva Island, 395-4000.
 

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