A shoe hunt landed me in Naples and I decided to have lunch at M Waterfront Grill. I had written disparagingly about this location when it was Maxwell's but wanted to give it a try in its new incarnation.
You wouldn't think a Monday, after season, would be busy, especially these days but walking into the restaurant, it was a sea of women, think dressed up, think big hats, (not a red or purple one in sight, thankfully). Tables of 2 women, 4 women, 8 women, 20 women, etc. etc. I thought I was having thursday lunch at La Cote Basque (NYC) in the 80's!!!
Table for one was available and I was given a seat by the window with a nice view of the water and the room, even though I was hatless and shamelessly wearing flip flops. I was able to see the latest in cosmetic surgery, breast augmentation, Helen Kaminsky hats, whoever the latest shoe designer is (gee, Sex in the City no longer keeps us up to date). The woman sitting across from me could not move anything on her face but her lips. It was fascinating.
I ordered a glass of chardonnay. Columbia Crest Two Vines, which was light and very nice, a good house wine, $8 per glass. You can buy the bottle at Publix for $5.99 as of last week. Now that is stepping on the price a little too much but who cares, I am highly entertained so far and I am very happy to get some decent bread (a rarity right now as that is a way for restaurants to cut costs) and tapenade (actually made authentically with anchovies and capers).
I opt for the lobster roll and fries which is extra. The FF were supposed to have truffle oil drizzle but none that I could see, but who cares, I am still mesmerized by the clientele, the water view, a tiny buzz from the wine and that tapenade.
All fades with the first bite of the lobster roll. It is perfect in every way. I believe the lobster was butter poached ala Thomas Keller of French Laundry. It is succulent and decadent and there is nothing but huge lobster chunks on a butter grilled bun. At $26, it really isn't a bad price but I'll save myself the $4 for the fries next time. That lobster roll is calling my name again, a week later, will I succumb?
M Waterfront Grille has transformed itself, I hope it continues to evolve and improve. It is a nice addition to the Venetian Village. BTW, what happened to all the good shops? Many are gone, but the lobster remains. LMF
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