One of the mouth-watering pizzas at LowBrow Pizza & Beer. Photo by Craig Hildebrand.

Best Of


Best of the Gulfshore 2019

Our editors’ choices of the greatest people, moments and dining achievements of the year.

Food & Dining COLLIER COUNTY Best invention: The perma-food truck rally. The trucks rove around breweries and make stops at farmers markets, but the astounding success of Celebration Park—a plaza with eight kitchens on wheels and a waterfront bar near Naples Botanical Garden—proves the way forward is to just keep trucking. Best not-so-simple salad: The burrata at Jimmy P’s Charred (which now has a second location in Bonita Springs) has always and will forever be the best-in-class because it moves way beyond a few slices of tomato and balsamic drizzle. Pickled red onions, edible flowers, a wall of prosciutto and a trio of sauces meld to form something bold yet perfectly balanced. Best Reason for Kudos: A Gulfshore milestone: Melissa Donahue-Talmage of Sweet Melissa’s on Sanibel was named a 2019 James Beard Awards semifinalist. It’s hard to overstate what a big deal this is: She joined an elite group of epicures across the country, honored in the “Best Chef: South” category with the best in the business. These two chefs deserve a standing ovation: Asif Syed, chef-owner of 21 Spices in Naples, rose to the challenge on a Food Network episode of Beat Bobby Flay, vanquishing the celebrity chef with his chicken tandoori. Lerome Campbell, a pastry chef at The Ritz-Carlton, Naples, was the runner-up on Food N
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