Once a year my family heads over to Marco Island to get away for a week. It’s usually earlier in the summer and it coincides with my Dad’s birthday in July. This year it was the 3rd week of August. My parents spent the entire week at a home we had rented but my wife Marcela and I just were there for a only few days. We arrived a little later in the day than anticipated so I was starved, what’s new right? We placed an order at Joey’s which we always hit up and I made a stop at the Kwik Stop cause they’ve got Mexican Cokes, Jarritos and all that good jazz.
227 N Collier Blvd Marco Island, FL 34145
I love how misshapen that Joey’s pie is. I had one slice which was gooey cheezy good. It’d been a while since I had the Fettuccine Alfredo with Chicken so I went with that. The Chicken had a real nice char-grilled taste to it. Great dish but it’ll set you back about $20, just a heads up.
My parents had breakfast at Nene’s Kitchen 3 times and one of the times Marcela went with them. They all raved about how delicious the breakfast was but I just wanted to stay in and watch reruns of American Pickers on that day. Somehow they decided to bring me a Ham & Cheese Sandwich instead of Breakfast. It was the perfect sandwich for a lazy weekday morning/afternoon but I would have preferred breakfast.
And at last Michelbob’s is open when I’m in Marco Island. I never seem to be in town during their hours of operation which change during the seasons. This week it was open for only 2 hours a night (5-7pm). The fam settles on one of their Family Paks that brings BBQ Chicken, Baby Back Ribs, Garlic Bread and Baked Beans. The Baked Potato was an extra side order. One of the racks (of the 3) of the Baby Backs had that nice burnt BBQ sauce crust, it was perfect. I preferred the Chicken Leg I had over the Ribs though. It was moist and still had the skin on which was a plus. As for the Baked Beans they mostly tasted like their sweet BBQ sauce, a couple of spoonfuls and I was done with it. The Baked Potato and Garlic Bread rounded out the food and were serviceable sides.
I love Pastrami Dan’s. My parents also love Pastrami Dan’s after I brought them one of his Pastrami Wedges last year. My Dad was with me this time around so we shared a Pastrami Wedge and Chili Cheese Dog. I can not repeat enough times how imperative it is that you have one of these fellas. Mucho importante y muy rico. They’re only open Tues-Fri from 11am to 4pm and on Sat from 11am – 3pm so it might be tough for some of you to make it but you should definitely make the effort. Call beforehand because sometimes they close down for a week(s) at a time.
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586 9TH St N Naples, FL 34102
A few months ago I wrote about Culver’s opening up shop in Naples. They’re known for their ButterBurgers and Custard. They should be open sometime in late September. Can’t wait.
Culver’s Coming Soon To
5775 Airport Pulling Rd N Naples, FL 34109
Brooks’ Burgers & Dog is another restaurant I frequent when I’m in town. There’s a bunch of options for your Burger (this place was formerly Lindburgers) but I go semi-classic with mine, American Cheese & Bacon. Very good Burger with a nice fluffy Bun, you won’t go wrong here. Get the fresh thick cut Potato Chips as your side, you will thank me later for letting you know. There’s also a great app called Fire Fries (French Fries topped with melted Cheese, Blue Cheese crumbles and Hot Sauce). I’m thinking this dish might be even better with the fresh cut Potato Chips in place of the Fries. I wish I had thought of that while I was there.
Brooks’ Gourmet Burgers & Dogs
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330 9th St S Naples, FL 34102
After my attempts at ordering from Island Pizza were vetoed we settled on Joey’s again. This time we did Sicilian style Pizza with half getting the Pepperoni treatment and the other half just plain ol’ cheese. Yes, it’s as good as it looks.
I had eyed Michoacana Ice Cream on my drive to and from Naples on the previous day but the rain made it impossible to stop. On our way back to Miami, Marcela wanted to check out the Thrift Store in the same strip mall as Michoacana so it was on. There’s a bunch of Ice Cream and Paletas to choose from, 30 actually. They also had Elote but it’s not served on the husk. My cup of Elote had Mayo, Powdered Cheese, Chili Powder and of course Kernels of Corn. This Mexican Street Food staple was right on point. What I didn’t expect from Michoacana was how great their Vanilla Ice Cream was. It reminded of Cake Batter. Marcela had the Pistachio Ice Cream and raving about it. Worth checking out for a snack or dessert.