Jolly Cricket, Jane's Gastropub, is the newest face on Naples' Fifth Avenue South. At the former site of pricey Zoe's, then foolilshly pricier Trilogy, Owner Jane Wood has come in at a pricepoint half that of Trilogy. Unlike Trilogy's white banquettes and few diners, the Cricket has a warm atmosphere and welcoming prices. It's good for families, couples and quartets. I don't know if/when they'll open the banquet area.
The cuisine is "gastropub", that is, a higher quality of food than usually served at pubs, and at a good price point. I've sampled some of the appetizers, entrees, and desserts-they are tasty and properly served. There's ample friendly waitstaff. Jane has probably opened more successful restaurants in Naples than anyone, including Chrissy. Jane well knows her diners' palates and their budgetsl.
There's a good assortment of salads, British favorites like bangers & mash, shepherd's pie, mac n cheese, and fancier Lamb shank, organic Scottish salmon, and 12 oz angus NY strip. Thre's innovative things-I lilke the tangerine and mint milkshake, and the on site made desserts. While chic looking Trilogy cluelessly kept prices at $30-40, there's not an item at Jolly Cricket over $30. Many dinners are under $18, on 5th Ave South, no less! .
Going to Jane's is rooting for the winning home town team. Locals know the down-to-earth, solid good quality to expect. (Val is closer to the area, and will probably do a write up before me.)
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