My phone says it’s 71 degrees outside. Throw away the tank tops, this is the light time for the shirts!
Take a handy one and join me, it’s time to catch up on the food news.
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A chili pepper to make you smile
Chiles Mexican Grill in Naples (not to be confused with the Chili’s chain; seriously, promise me) creates the kinds of dishes that make me smile. From thick and beautiful burritos, to tacos al pastor, ceviches and Latin American favorites, this little place has something for everyone, everything that makes you smile. Click here for my review on the Napoli Daily News. Or click here for a News-Press link.
Sushi for true fans
A reader looking for a serious sushi restaurant where he can impress his California transplant friends has truly turned to yours. I was honest with them: Southwest Florida’s sushi scene pales in comparison to that of the West Coast. But we are not hopeless. Click here for my tips on The News-Press. Find an NDN link here.
5 restaurants opening / returning
From a brand new brick and mortar barbecue concept with a full bar in Cape Coral to a new brunch spot in Estero and a classic 40-year-old Sanibel that is plotting its comeback, Annabelle Tometich takes us up to speed up the engines and the shakers of the local restaurant scene in this week’s A La Carte. Find her story on The News-Press or click here for a Daily News link.
Snook Inn lives up to its jingle
“A rustic setting of yesteryear, the Marco River sings its lullaby – Snook Inn, Snook Inn, where the best times begin.” Longtime residents probably know this jingle by heart. Food writer Gina Birch remembered this when she called the Snook Inn on Marco Island before a recent visit. After she left, she realized how appropriate this catchy song was. Find Gina’s version of her latest gastronomic destination in the Napoli Daily News and The News-Press.
• Ten Lee County restaurants passed health and safety inspections in mid-September, while two accumulated over 20 violations. See the good, the bad and the buggy in The NP and NDN.
• Kava Culture opens in Naples, as well as celebrations, wine dinners, relaunches and more from Sarajane Sullivan. Find her story in the NDN or click here for an NP link.
• The EPCOT Food & Wine Festival 2020 is back, only on a smaller scale, slightly more conducive to the pandemic. Michelle Spitzer shares details in The NP and NDN.
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Jean Le Boeuf is the pseudonym used by a local food lover who dines in restaurants anonymously and without notice, with meals paid for by The News-Press. Email the critic at [email protected]