Davide, Marco Island, Florida

What a pleasant place!  It certainly belies expectations.  Davide (pronounced a la Italian, with three syllables) is set in a small strip mall near a major intersection, Collier and Bald Eagle.  The location is unprepossessing by Marco Island standards.  There are eight tables outside, overlooking a parking lot, and eight more lining one side of the narrow interior.  The other side of the interior includes a … Continue reading Davide, Marco Island, Florida

Havana Cafe of the Everglades, Chokoloskee, Florida

Chokoloskee Island is a few miles south of Everglades City, and just outside the Everglades National Park.  The island is an early land fill.  The local Indians dumped shells in shallow water and after a couple of thousand years, give or take, they had formed the island, and had some more solid land on which to live.  More important, they created a location for the excellent Havana … Continue reading Havana Cafe of the Everglades, Chokoloskee, Florida

The Dock at Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida

As I mentioned in my review of the Snook Inn, Nancy and I got together for lunch with one of  my high school classmates at Indian Springs, Al Hudson, and his wife Dorothy.  At that time, Al and Dorothy were about to pull up stakes in Naples to live a nomad’s life, traveling around the US and Europe with the seasons.   A year later, we … Continue reading The Dock at Crayton Cove, Naples, Florida

The Snook Inn, Marco Island, Florida

The Snook Inn is one of the most popular restaurants on Marco Island.  It’s on the north end in Old Marco, a tiny area much interrupted by newer buildings, and not too far from Lee Be Fish.  Like Lee Be, the Snook Inn has very fresh fish, but it’s a full service restaurant.  It’s not fancy or dressy by any means.  The decor is old fashioned … Continue reading The Snook Inn, Marco Island, Florida

Where to Eat in the Upper Keys, Florida: Islamorada Fish Company, Lorelei’s, The Green Turtle Inn, and Shipwreck’s Bar and Grill

My friend Dan Kenney of Coach4aDay fame and godfather of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking in Lumberton, NC, will be driving down to Key West soon.  It’s a beautiful drive down the Overseas Highway from Miami and points north.  Well, most of it is beautiful, and the rest should be again soon.  Hurricane Irma did a lot of damage between Islamorada and Key West, but then … Continue reading Where to Eat in the Upper Keys, Florida: Islamorada Fish Company, Lorelei’s, The Green Turtle Inn, and Shipwreck’s Bar and Grill

Lazy Flamingo, Sanibel Island, Florida

Earlier this year, Nancy and I spent a couple of days in Sanibel Island after a week in Marco Island.  I had spent most of my research time identifying the best sunset bar (The Mucky Duck on Captiva: Sanibel faces south, and most of the places that face west want you to stay for dinner.)   Yelp and Trip Advisor weren’t particularly helpful. The next day, … Continue reading Lazy Flamingo, Sanibel Island, Florida

Havana 1957, South Beach Miami, Florida

Meh. I suppose I should elaborate. We had a late lunch outside at the Ocean Drive Havana 1957, in the Marriott Pulse, while we were waiting for check-in time.  There’s another Havana 1957 on Lincoln and a third venue on Espanola, all within a short walk of each other.  All do a good business.  It’s a new chain (unlike, say, Pho 75, the name doesn’t … Continue reading Havana 1957, South Beach Miami, Florida

Kim’s Kuban, Key West, Florida

More on the Cuban sandwich survey: First, I’m really glad they didn’t name if Kim’s Kuban Kafe. Nancy and I were in Key West recently (well, over Christmas), and had a delightful stay with son-in-law Mike’s parents, David and Sue Boyd.  They may be the most gracious hosts on earth.  If you lead a blameless life and get really, really lucky, you may get to … Continue reading Kim’s Kuban, Key West, Florida

Rumba Cafe Cuban Sandwich, Naples, Florida

Let’s get back to Cuban pork for a minute.  No discussion of Cuban food would be complete without mention of one of the world’s great sandwiches — the Cuban sandwich. On my last trip to the Rumba Cafe, I got a Cuban sandwich instead of my usual lechon asado plate.  I was by myself, having dropped off guests at the airport up in Fort Myers. … Continue reading Rumba Cafe Cuban Sandwich, Naples, Florida

Calypso, Pompano Beach, Florida

I heard two statements I never expected to hear when Nancy and I went to Calypso, a seafood restaurant in Pompano Beach. “That’s the best fish I’ve ever eaten.” Thus Nancy during our dinner at Calypso. “There are more important things than making money.” Thus Chuck Tenosky,. the owner of Calypso, telling us why they are closed on Saturday and Sunday.  “The people here deserve … Continue reading Calypso, Pompano Beach, Florida