Cibao Grille is a Park Shore neighborhood treasure; truly an insider’s bistro. Family owned, it is small and intimate with attentive, friendly service. The variety of softly playing Latin music is a lunch or dinnertime treat. The creative Caribbean-style eclectic offerings include quesadillas, shrimp and lobster Punta Cana, crispy shrimp samana and Havana pork chop, as well as walleye pike. Don’t pass up the nightly specials. Finish with caramel flan, sorbet and a Torrontes or Port, and you’re ready to return. 870 Neapolitan Way Naples, 434-6653, cibaogrille.com.
Dine inside or on the patio at Naples’ Alexander’s, a hidden gem whose French-influenced cuisine is laced with Asian, Caribbean, Latin and Middle Eastern flavors. Start with avocado and blue crab salad, or the spicy shrimp and miso soup. Must-try dishes include crispy duck with lingonberries and port reduction, yellowtail snapper with a beurre blanc sauce, macadamia nut-crusted grouper, seafood risotto and miso-crusted butterfish. Love the food? Recreate it at home with Chef Alexander’s cookbook. 4077 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, 262-4999, alexandersnaples.com.
Fort Myers Beach’s Parrot Key Caribbean Grill is the funky spot for families and friends to enjoy Caribbean food, drinks, dancing and live music. Perched on the water, tourists and locals alike flock by car or boat to soak up its `60s kitsch décor and relax in the open-air setting. While well known for colorful Caribbean drinks, the wraps, raw bar, seafood baskets and fresh fish served blackened, broiled or grilled with creative sauces are a tropical treat. 2500 Main St., Fort Myers Beach, 463-3257, myparrotkey.com.
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