It seems that life is getting more expensive by the day. In between searching for gas under the $4 mark and clipping coupons, we forget to break away from the everyday savings grind. Here in Naples food, can be just as big an expense as any, but there are ways to treat yourself without putting a huge dent in your wallet.
Dining deals abound at Naples restaurants during the slow summer months. We chose three deals to feature, and you’ll find a more extensive list below.
In downtown Naples try Cafe Lurcat, at 494 Fifth Ave., has a Sunday date night special that includes three courses and a bottle of wine for $60 per couple.
Cafe Lurcat offers sophisticated food and modern design. The inside wall is lined with leather banquettes with decorative Italian silk pillows giving a lounge feel to the downstairs of the restaurant. The upstairs seating is an urban, airier setting that has a sort of “it spot” appeal. The menu is a contemporary vision of a traditional fish and chophouse, using artisan ingredients and classic, continental cooking techniques.
The first course is a house salad with bacon, tomato, sweet peppers, goat cheese and apples topped with blue cheese and buttermilk dressing. The choice of entrées are pot roast with red wine, pork tenderloin with spiced cherries and couscous, pappardelle with braised veal served with shell peas and summer squash, and a daily seafood special.
You can also try Bistro 821 farther east on Fifth Avenue. This restaurant’s deal offers two meals from a list of select entrees and a bottle of wine for $29.95. This bargain is available Sunday through Thursday all evening, and Friday and Saturday until 6:30 p.m.
This restaurant has décor with a very modern and edgy feel that would impress anyone from the board of directors to the guys from work to the girl next door. The menu is a wide array of entrees fusing Asian, European and domestic flavors.
Entree choices include seafood sofrito, made with shrimp, mussels, spicy sausage simmered in a red bell pepper sofrito with diced potatoes, leeks, onions, carrots, celery, garlic and shallot. Also try the pork piccata, sautéed medallion of pork loin topped with a lemon-caper butter sauce, served over mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables.
For more of a “family feel” restaurant, try the ethnic stylings of the Bha Bha Persian Bistro 847 Vanderbilt Beach Road. They’re offering a buy-one-get-one complementary entree deal. It’s a sunset special that can be requested between 5 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., just bring the coupon from the Showcase section of the Daily News.
Restaurant’s chef and owner Michael Mir offers classic and innovative Persian cuisine specializing in lamb, grilled meats, and seafood, which Mir calls “similar to what my mother used to make.” The entree choices include his spicy seafood gilani. The gilani is a shrimp, scallops, fish dish sautéed with portobello mushrooms and curry yogurt sauce. Another Bha Bha favorite is chicken abadan: chicken breast sautéed with shrimp, scallops and zesty tomato saffron cream. All entrees are served with saffron basmati rice.
Bha Bha is not only a pleasant break from the Italian, French, and classic American Naples eating scene; it has an outside terrace and an herb garden. Belly dancers perform at 7:15 p.m. on Saturdays.
Here are more dining spots with good deals to whet your appetite:
This restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine in a stylish atmosphere that turns into a music lounge with dancing later in the evenings.
Deal: Buy-one-get-one-free dinner with coupon from Daily News
Address: 2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples
Neighborhood Parisian bistro serving up “French home cooking” classics.
Deal: $15 entrees including moules frites, steak frites, fish du jour and grilled lamb loin
Address: 755 12th Ave. S., Naples
Bayside Seafood Grill & Bar
This waterfront restaurant overlooks Venetian Village and Bay and offers a casual seafood and grill dining experience in an open-air setting with live music on some nights.
Deal: Buy one get one free. Must present Daily News ad from Showcase
Address: 4270 Gulf Shore Blvd N Naples
Big Al’s City Sports Grill
Sports bar and restaurant serving salads, pastas, steaks, burgers, pizza and seafood, along with a full bar.
Deal: Live Maine lobster or twin tails for $16.99 per person on Fridays
Address: 8004 Trail Blvd., Naples
Bohemian Schnitzel House
Menu features pork and beef goulash, pork, veal and chicken schnitzel as well as soups, sandwiches and fish entrees.
Deal: Two entrees and a bottle of wine for $29.99
Address: 835 Vanderbilt Beach Road, Naples
Traditional Italian menu, from spaghetti and meatballs to chicken or veal marsala, piccata or Parmesan
Deal: Choose two out of seven dinners for $29.99
Address: 467 Fifth Ave. S., Naples
Hours: noon-close every day
The Dock at Crayton Cove
A waterfront restaurant offering everything from hors d’oeuvres to a full sit-down dinner, with a variety of seafood, salads, sandwiches, steak, ribs and pasta on the menu.
Deal: Buy-one-get-one free entree with coupon in Sunday coupon section
Address: 845 12th Ave. S., Naples
Eric Pate’s Backstreet Bar & Grill
A classic American steak and seafood restaurant with a wide variety of certified Angus beef steaks as well as a variety of seafood.
Deal: Dinner for two with a bottle of wine from $16.95 per person all night
Address: 849 7th Ave. S. , Naples
Handsome Harry’s Bistro
Outdoor and indoor dining in an elegant bistro setting and lunch and dinner menus featuring steaks, seafood and pastas.
Deal: Three-course dinner for $24.95 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Address: 1205 Third St. S., Naples
Italian restaurant featuring homemade pastas, fresh local fish, Italian favorites and an extensive wine list.
Deal: Buy-one-get-one-free dinner entree with coupon from Daily News Showcase
Address: 14700 U.S. 41 N, Naples
Pate’s Steak House
A steak house with a romantic setting that includes live music and outdoor dining and a menu that features steaks, seafood and prime rib.
Deal: Two dinners and a bottle of wine for $17.95 per person. Entree choices include filet mignon, N.Y. strip sirloin, broiled Atlantic salmon and roast prime rib.
Address: 1100 U.S. 41 N., Naples
Ridgway Bar & Grill
Classic American cuisine with French culinary traditions at a restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.
Deal: Buy one get one free lunch and dinner with Daily News ad
Address: 1300 3rd St. S., Naples