Midnight munchies? Where to go on Marco Island

Hungry in the middle of the night? Here’s four places to fill that empty feeling

O’Donoghue’s Bar & Grill opened in June 2010 at 969 N. Collier Blvd. on Marco Island.

O’Donoghue’s Bar & Grill opened in June 2010 at 969 N. Collier Blvd. on Marco Island.

The Crazy Flamingo's  signature house burger won Best Burger in Paradise at the Beach Music Festival  at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.

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The Crazy Flamingo's signature house burger won Best Burger in Paradise at the Beach Music Festival at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort.

There’s more than meets the eye, ahem, mouth, on Marco Island after midnight if you’re looking for an oasis that offers a haven from the hungries. Not to worry, the Marco Eagle scouted around and rustled up a quartet of Island watering holes eager to quell those hunger pangs, and found two that even offer the regular menu after midnight.

Birds of a feather looking for food after midnight might roost together at the Crazy Flamingo Raw Bar & Grill, 1035 N. Collier Blvd. in Marco Town Center, open seven days a week, 11 a.m. to last call at 1:30 a.m. They close the doors at 2 a.m. sharp, it’s the law, don’t cha know? Eat indoors or out, but it’s self service inside for table service. Call the bird at 642-9600.

The Crazy Flamingo’s Buffalo wings, listed in the Wings and Other Famous Things regular menu, are one of the most popular menu items and available in mild, hot, one or two legged and Bald Eagle levels of heat, said restaurant manager Rose Kriberscheck, noting that the wings are still prepared according to Tony Rainone’s original 22-year-old recipe. The restaurant’s newest claim to fame is its cheeseburger on garlic bread that won “Best Burger in Paradise, in the Best Burger Competition held in conjunction with the Marco Island Beach Music Festival.

Night owls will luck out at the Sand Bar, 826 E. Elkcam Circle. Arguably, Marc’s most popular midnight oasis or, for that matter, any time from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. any of the 365 days a year that it’s open. Phone: 642-3625.

OK, here’s the luck, Sand Bar does offer a full menu after midnight but the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Happy Hour munchies’ special prices can’t be beat, said bartender Charles Muntwyler (it’s a German spelling if you’re wondering!).

“Wings are 40 cents each, oysters are 60 cents each and 25 cents each for tacos and drafts are $1 or $1.50 for bottled beers,” he said, adding other late night happy hour specials include hot dogs, hamburgers, sloppy Joe’s and barbecue pulled pork sandwiches are all $1. Each or any three for $2.50. In addition — only on Tuesdays — pizza’s are half price all day.

The luck of the Irish will spirit away hunger pangs after midnight or any time of day at O’Donoghue’s Bar & Grill, 969 N. Collier Blvd. in the Royal Palm Mall at the corner of Bald Eagle Drive and Collier Boulevard. This friendly corner of the Auld Sod is open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m. – closing. Phone: 389-0032.

O’Donoghue’s offers a haven of true Irish food and atmosphere and its After Hours bar menu includes surprisingly substantial fare (given the hour), said bartender Mike Joyce.

Actually the late night menu features signature dishes found in the regular menu, said owner Helen Donaghy. “It’s all our favorite traditional Irish dishes such as Irish lamb stew or beef and Guinness casserole, or house salad and our famous four onion soup, all served with that day’s homemade breads.”

Last but not least, Martini’s Upstairs, 695 Bald Eagle Dr., is open only Friday and Saturday when it features a full bar and food, with a live musical/entertainment show 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. and a DJ afterwards for listening and dancing, all open to the public and no admission charged, stated manager Chad Chupurdia.

Martini’s Upstairs is open to the public Friday and Saturday and also serves a limited menu after midnight.

“We offer wraps, flatbread pizza, chicken wings and sandwiches ranging in price from $6 to $8.99,” added Chupurdia, noting that the club is located on the second floor of the building that houses Chef Bob Aylwin’s Teapot Café & Catering Company and the Bombay Liquor Store on the ground floor.

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Comments » 13

marco97 writes:

Remember when Winn Dixie was open 24hrs and we had South beach restaurant which served decent food all night.

happy6 writes:

thank goodness joey pizza was not included.

RayPray writes:

"The Crazy Flamingo’s Buffalo wings"

Why Tony is long gone....

"specials include hot dogs, hamburgers, sloppy Joe’s and barbecue pulled pork"

Eat this crap & next stop Marco Cemetery....

chicky writes:

I have to admit, Marco really has no good restaurants here. Have not been able to find a good steak yet. Give us an Outback or Longhorn.

u2cane writes:

In other words, there is nothing. Marco closes after 9 anyways, so what is the point of a business staying open that late?

smiley writes:

I'll bet Prayless Ray gets a lot of boogers in his restaurant food.

RayPray writes:

in response to smiley:

I'll bet Prayless Ray gets a lot of boogers in his restaurant food.

If your mom taught you even elementary cooking skills, you can avoid this type of dog garbage on a plate....

RayPray writes:

in response to TheCoon:

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One of the sad consequences of age is loss of taste buds. This happens to everyone moving into the 50s.

Consequently, when some old person tells you they had a super meal at some joint, what they mean is they had a fun family time. The food was quite immaterial to their enjoyment.

Since Marco is overwhelmingly a realm of the aged,why should any of these bars or restaurants even try to serve tasty food.

Shrewder to invest their money into some kind of fairly distinguishable paraphernalia of ambiance.

chicky writes:

in response to TheCoon:

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Not quite sure what Marcoislandwomen meant, but tried Stilts the other night. Very overpriced and the food was not very good at all. Doesn't compare to the Marriot, and the drinks were terrible. We try to patronize our islands restaurants, but it gets tougher every day.

u2cane writes:

Not quite sure what Marcoislandwomen meant, but tried Stilts the other night. Very overpriced and the food was not very good at all. Doesn't compare to the Marriot, and the drinks were terrible. We try to patronize our islands restaurants, but it gets tougher every day.

Don't worry, nobody understands what Klab/MarcoIslandWoman says. This blogger must have been doing drugs in their youth, but even Keith Richards makes more sense than Klab/MarcoIslandWoman.

tathiede writes:

in response to chicky:

I have to admit, Marco really has no good restaurants here. Have not been able to find a good steak yet. Give us an Outback or Longhorn.

Porky's on Bald Eagle Drive in Marco has the best Prime Rib around at a great price. You should try it. We've been comparing it for years to other restaurants and haven't found a good match yet.

liberator100 writes:

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u2cane writes:

in response to MarcoIslandWoman:

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Yes, ok. Germans and their bratwurst and kraut is so much more of a non warrior type dish. More like something a baby eats because it has no teeth yet. I don't understand why you live here as you have nothing good to say about life here? Why be miserable, go home to your beloved country. You surely won't be missed.

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