Like voluntary tasings and constructive criticism, some meals are best when delivered in small doses. Snack in stride with today's Groupon: for $17, you get three tapas, one dessert, and two house or well drinks at Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits (a $35 value).
The chefs at Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits' craft American-based tapas from fresh, local ingredients and ply appetites with desserts and mixed drinks. Shreds of pulled pork slip into mac 'n' cheese, clutching nearby noodle buoys to remain afloat in a sea of creamy cheddar-cheese sauce. As basil leaves and a balsamic reduction top stacks of fresh mozzarella and local immokalee tomatoes, drizzles of gorgonzola-cream sauce decorate fried artichoke hearts. Sweet-potato fries plunge into maple dipping sauce to achieve a dual level of sweetness akin to a candied grandmother. Homemade bread pudding, which was named best dessert at the 2010 Taste of Collier, and homemade cashew-crust key-lime pie cap off meals with a sugary flourish. Sip on house-made lavender lemonade and margaritas, or tingle taste buds with notes of mint woven into mojitos.
Honored by Florida Weekly as 2010's Best Place to Dine with Fido, Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits hosts a dog-friendly outdoor patio for diners who prefer feasting with canine companionship. Indoors, Fred's stocks two full liquor bars and entertains patrons with nightly events such as Texas Hold 'Em tournaments, standup comedy, live jazz and blues, and televisions broadcasting prerecorded footage of fourth graders practicing their recorders.
Fred's Food, Fun & Spirits
Owner and Chef Tony Newton keeps bellies filled sun-up to sundown with classic American fare, from omelets and waffles to sandwiches, steaks, and pasta. Located near Vanderbilt Beach, Fred’s Food, Fun & Spirits fuels patrons for a day of sandcastle-stomping by cooking a bottomless breakfast buffet as fresh as the alphabet’s 27th letter. A dog-friendly outdoor patio, meanwhile, conveniently allows diners and their best four-legged friends to hang out while patrons nosh on one of the day’s three most important meals. The patio and two full bars also entertain patrons with nightly events, including musical acts, poker, comedy, and Fourier analysis competitions.