What is your favorite restaurant in Naples? Why?
The Fifth Avenue Coffee Shop. It’s more of a social thing for me. I don’t make coffee at my house and through the years, I have met a lot of people here. It’s very nostalgic. The café has home-baked goods, the people are always friendly and the service is very good.
What other restaurants do you like?
I go to Sushi Thai occasionally. Recently, I had for lunch a variety of sushi items, I don’t know what all the kinds were, rice and egg noodle soup, and it was moderately priced. I have a friend who has traveled to Thailand and China and knows how to tell if the fish is fresh. After about 24 hours, it starts to have a fishy odor and lose its firmness. He said that Sushi Thai serves some of the freshest he’s ever had. They are so busy at lunchtime they have 12 people working in there. I started going there because I wanted to learn about more than just steak.
What qualities do you look for in a restaurant?
If you’re taking out guests, the atmosphere is most important. I like the Boardwalk at Tin City, because you can sit by the water. Tommy Bahama’s is a little classier, and Yabba’s is good, too. They make a nice presentation of the food. The wait staff is very good and the quality is consistent. Consistency is why I go to Perkin’s for breakfast - you know that it will always be just what you expect. Also, the restaurant at King’s Lounge is a great value.