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Naples Trip Report (long)

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Naples Trip Report (long)

Tracy Cruz | Apr 10, 2003 02:55 PM

So, thanks to your advice, Hounds, I had some excellent chow on my recent trip to Naples.

Breakfast the first morning at First Watch, out on the patio, was sublime. Fantastic view to go along with our meal. I had the turkey dill crepeggs, with spinach, jack cheese and bernaise. The flavors blended beautifully. The crepegg is somewhere between a crepe and an egg (duh), but leans closer to the egg. Made a fantastic omelete. Served with seasoned potatoes and an english muffin. My husband had a Western omelete, which was also great. He, being insane, also ordered a side of pancakes. Their pancakes are enormous, and not the highlight of their menu. They were very crumbly.

Since our breakfast was so large, we skipped lunch. Dinner was at Grouper and Chips, which was as reported, a tiny little place with fantastic fish. I had their NE clam chowder, which was creamy and full of big chunks of clam. We both had the 1/2 grouper 1/2 shrimp basket, and enjoyed the crisp, tender (beer? they didn't say) batter. The coleslaw had too much mayo. The keylime pie was really good, but not quite tangy enough for my taste. I still think the Quarterdeck in Ftl has the best.

The next day, we returned to First Watch for breakfast, because I wanted to test my theory that pancakes with stuff in them wouldn't be so crumbly. I ordered the crunchy banana pancakes with granola. Great combo, and my theory panned out, but the cakes were still a tad too crumbly. Bacon was a little more done than I like it, but of good quality. My husband had a breakfast burrito with chorizo, which he enjoyed.

I actually wanted lunch that day, as swimming helped me work off some of my breakfast, so I ended up ordering a ceasar salad from Shula's room service. A tad over-dressed, but the warm sourdough was good.

Dinner that night was at Chops on 5th ave. We started with the spring rolls, which were cripsy and served with a slightly spicy sauce, and the beef satay, which was tender and spiced just right. I think the appetizers were better than the entrees. I was tempted to go with some of their interesting sushi options, but none of them provided the combination that I was looking for. Why would you have a combo of tuna tataki, tuna sahimi, and tuna negiri? Who wants that? Sushi is all about the variety for me. Anyway, I had the seabass, which was delicate and delicious, served on a sticky rice cake. The stir-fried veggies surrounding it were a little much. They didn't really go. Husband had perfectly cooked steak and fries. He was pleased. Dessert was a warm chocolate cake that was only mediocre.

All in all, a fun couple of days. Thanks again!

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