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Hot Dish: L’Auberge, Rumba Cuban Cafe and C Level Bistro

BY November 7, 2014


L’Auberge, Naples’ newest French restaurant, brings a strong traditional take on French cuisine, with classics such as escargots de Bourgogne, beef Bourguignon, supreme de volaille and citrus roasted duck. The house specialty is two pounds of fresh mussels, prepared in any of numerous styles from classic marinière to curry to Rocquefort and even spicy chorizo. Finish with tarte Tatin or crêpes maison. 975 Imperial Golf Course Blvd., Suite 116, Naples, 536-4303,

Rumba Cuban Cafe, recently ranked TripAdvisor’s No. 1 Naples restaurant, earned its coveted status with bold, flavorful food. Savor the mouthwatering lechon asado, mojo-marinated chuletas, a classic Cuban sandwich, medianoche, shrimp al ajillo or palomilla steak with sides of heavenly fried yuca or crisp tostones. Finish with luscious coconut-topped flan or bunuelos. 1265 Airport-Pulling Road S., Naples, 659-2996,

C Level Bistro and Wine Bar sets the bar high and then meets expectations. Start with ceviche, baked Camembert or the signature artisan charcuterie gourmet plate. Sample draft beers, including a selection of craft brews. Top entrees include the tender veal chop with mushroom Bordelaise sauce, tournedos Rossini and sea scallops with balsamic truffle glaze. Relax with seasonal berries Romanoff or chocolate marquise. 4450 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 221-7046,


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