Six days a week, Zumba instructor Karen Rios gathers groups of like-minded people for a dance party. She guides students through Latin-inspired choreography that works to tone bodies and drop pounds. Each class is set to a soundtrack of high-energy international tunes.
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 façade—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.
Bernwood Grille & Catering Co. serves up an eclectic array of breakfast and lunch dishes. Breakfast is served all day, so both early risers and night owls can enjoy items such as greek omelets, blueberry pancakes, and vanilla-cinnamon french toast. Afternoon eats include gyro meals, a blackened chicken Waldorf salad, and homemade soups. Bernwood's culinary creations are also available as custom catered meals for events and corporate functions of any size.
Lil Italy Bistro’s chefs decorate pizza pies as wide as 18 inches with discs of pepperoni, seasonal veggies, and a smattering of cheeses. The Italian-influenced chefs follow family recipes when they build the layers of lasagna and bread veal and chicken cutlets for parmigiana dishes. For lighter appetites, the chefs tuck sweet and savory sausage into sub sandwiches and serve Italian wedding soup in a traditional wedding envelope. Ruby red curtains cover the walls in the dining room, matching the red umbrellas and chairs that decorate the outdoor patio.