Natural light floods through full-wall windows onto an elaborate tree mural, where a golf-bag-toting monkey stands watch over a fully stocked bar. While jukebox tunes stream from the speakers, americanized sushi rolls, veggie-packed stir-fries, and cheesy hand-tossed pizzas unite to form an edible decor. Marinara-slathered pastas steam beside turkey and prime-rib sliders and deli-style sandwiches. Frosty brews can be sipped in a steel-grey banquette while the wall murals please the eyes with such naturally occurring fauna as flowers, bushes, and neon ATM signs. Blue Monkey Bar also hosts weekly events such as live music and Sunday NFL Ticket.
Amidst the clatter of pans and hiss of bubbling pots, head chef Carlos Hernandez spends days laboring over his renowned marinara sauce, squeezing tomatoes by hand to painstakingly removing seeds, water, and skin. Hernandez ladles this and other homemade sauces onto pastas, gourmet thin-crust pizzas, and chicken, veal, and seafood specialties. He only uses fresh produce and herbs to concoct his menu of made-from-scratch regional Italian fare, ensuring that every dish boasts bold, robust flavors.
In the dining room, bartenders whip up their signature pink Luna Rossa martinis—a nod to the restaurant's name, which translates as "pink moon" in English—or dole out international wines by the glass, bottle, or trough. Diners can also seek shade beneath vibrant umbrellas on the outdoor patio, or bust out their antique ear trumpets to enjoy the songs of local crooners Perfect Gentlemen, who serenade guests every Saturday afternoon.
Tipsy Tarpon Seafood Shack celebrates some of the ocean’s finest catches, not only in their hearty surf ‘n’ turf menu but also in a 16-foot saltwater aquarium that wide-eyed guests are free to investigate upon arrival. A culinary siren song of snow crab legs, oysters, and flaky whitefish rolled in macadamia nuts and panko breadcrumbs lure seafood lovers to the surf section of the menu, and the turf section vies for palate popularity with its Angus burger and pork loin slathered in island-style barbecue sauce. All dishes inspired by both land and sea assemble an artful arrangement of fresh ingredients—all of which were handpicked by the kitchen staff and have earned the squeal of approval from the kitchen dolphin.
The confectionists at Oly's Ice Cream and Coffee scoop chilly servings of more than 30 flavors of Ice Cream Club treats and a host of Stefano's Gelato creations. Hot coffee and cappuccinos brewed with Kaña Cuban Coffee beans play the role of the delicious sidekick to the eatery's frozen fare, creating the best mixture of hot and cold since Mount Vesuvius spewed hot lava onto bobsledding courses during the last ice age. Ice-cream flavors such as birthday cake, chocolate peanut butter, and cookie dough quell cravings for saccharine goodness, whereas creamy banana-caramel-praline gelato can satisfy sugary hankerings in a low-fat form.
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. 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. 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 patio for some sunshine.
When the founders of The Pita Pit opened the doors to their first restaurant, they had high hopes of offering a lighter, healthier alternative to fast food. They traded in heavy sandwich bread and hamburger buns for lebanese pita and swapped out greasy burgers for fresh-grilled meats and crispy falafel. Flash-forward several years, and The Pita Pit has evolved into many, many locations across the continent, each of which offers that same fresh, healthful fare.
Patrons can completely customize their handhelds, starting with the pita itself—the light and fluffy dough comes in both white and wheat varieties. Next come the fillings such as chicken souvlaki, a simple schmear of hummus, or even ham and eggs, served all day long. After crowning the creation with fresh vegetables, premium cheeses, and homemade sauces, the pita stuffers transform the flatbread into a tight, mess-free roll. Though guests can customize sandwiches to meet their dietary needs, The Pita Pit offers a concise list of "resolution solution pitas". Made up of six pre-designed creations, the list denotes the healthful pitas' caloric value right on the menu.