To reach Randy's Paradise Shrimp cafe, seafood has to make an epic journey. Randy's flies in its lobsters from Maine, gets pink shrimp straight from the Gulf, and grabs other seafood?from grouper to tripletail?not long after it arrives on the docks, delivered by fishermen and business-savvy pelicans. From there, the chefs work delicious wonders with the fresh ingredients, cooking up fish tacos and filling baskets with deep-fried grouper fingers. The cafe also sells fresh seafood and gourmet grocery items to take home, including al dente pasta and seafood dips.
Locally produced artwork lines the walls of this charming neighborhood café, and organic, fair-trade coffees fill the air with frothy fragrances. The life cycle of each health-conscious menu item is quite short, as each selection is made to order and swiftly served to the detachable jaws of voracious vertebrates. Accelerate over midday speed bumps with an asian chicken salad, tossed with mandarin-orange-ginger dressing ($7.95). A signature espresso drink, such as the white-berry mocha, tickles tired brains back to life with an uncommon combo of chocolate and fruit flavors ($3.10 for 16 oz.). At dinnertime, bacon-starved stomachs can be sated with a filet mignon in a demi-glace sauce, floating in clouds of fluffy garlic mashed potatoes ($19.95). Menu items and drink lists change regularly, so stop in to Cgrape and see what’s cooking, brewing, and pouring.
Upscale American cuisine unites with an extensive wine list at Wylds Cafe, and it's all administered by a talented kitchen staff. Their menu catalogs elegant entrees such as peppered Hawaiian tuna with sweet potato chips and soy butter sauce garnished with pickled ginger and wasabi. They also prepare braised cranberry barbecue boneless short ribs. Both the wine menu and the 30-strong beer list showcase imported and domestic libations, from The Crossings Sauvignon Blanc originating in New Zealand to Flying Dog's Doggy-Style pale ale. When it comes to aesthetics, the restaurant matches the cuisine in its panache. Rich but dark reds and browns cover the walls and allow blue sconces and colorful paintings—both abstract and grounded in everyday scenery—to pop with vivacity. White linens drape the tables, and track lighting precludes interruption by an obstreperous genie.
Hot Caboose Island Grille displays the words "Naples 0.15 Miles" and "Everglades 54 Miles" on its fa?ade?an indication of Bonita Springs' surrounding attractions. The designated historical building was an oasis to travelers between Tampa and Miami. It's still a welcome sight to weary travelers, with a place to relax, eat and drink and in between the two mile markers are the welcoming words "You May Rest". Travelers looking for a pit stop can stop by and fill up on the eatery's island-themed eats, which include jerk chicken, steak, and seafood. The kitchen staff also prepares homemade cornbread, flavorful burgers with avocado and fried egg, and seared grouper and shrimp salad. Additionally, eaters can visit the restaurant's bar for a drink or its open lanai patio for some sunshine.
Futuro’s whimsical dining room bursts with eye-popping colors. Bright green clapboard shutters festoon yellow walls lined with disarmingly rectangular blue booths. Nearby, domestic and imported beers fill frosty glasses at a hot-pink tiki bar. Flamingo lawn statues and wall art shaped like mermaids, sea turtles, palm trees, and sand dollars further enhance the eatery’s laid-back, beachy vibe.
Just beyond this casually quirky space, chefs bustle in the kitchen, crafting housemade pizza dough and bread for hot subs that ensconce everything from philly cheesesteak to eggplant parmesan. They also sling half-pound burgers, 15 flavors of wings, and hearty pasta dinners that are smothered in more marinara sauce than Chef Boyardee’s bath towels.
For a classic slice of Americana, customers need only to cross the threshold of Mel's Diner. Hungry diners can pull up to the counter or at a table to order from a menu of classic diner food. And this kitchen takes care in crafting every meal. The crew roast turkeys and smokes ribs in house and uses their very own hands to bread fish and patty burgers. A locally sourced menu of fresh grouper, salmon, New York strip steak, and natural chicken breast offers a variety of flavorful protein options. The eatery sates morning appetites as well, with fluffy just-baked biscuits covered in housemade gravy instead of yesterday's coffee.