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  • Beefed up: Old Marco Pub expands seating, now serving full liquor bar Published 03/30/2012 at 11:50 a.m. 1 Comment

    When considering Marco Island’s watering holes, more is always better. Recently, the Old Marco Pub has gone three better with its expanded pub area and new wraparound bar equipped with a fresh full liquor license the better for pub patrons ...

  • Chow Down: St. Paddy's Day specials Published 03/12/2012 at 1:39 p.m.

    Begorra, ’tis time again to celebrate the birthday of Ireland’s favorite St. Patrick in Marco Island’s pubs as well as the 20-year anniversary of Rookie’s Bar & Grill and the annual St. Baldrick Foundation fundraiser. Friends, leprechauns and wannabe’s are ...

  • Fudge Carvings: Satisfy your sweet tooth at the Farmer's Market Published 02/10/2012 at 3:14 p.m.

    There’s no single theory on the exact origin of fudge, but many food historians agree the first mention of America’s iconic sweet was in a 1886 letter written by Vassar student Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, noting how a schoolmate’s cousin cooked ...

  • Romantic Valentine’s Day dining: Marco restaurants preparing special menus for Feb. 14 Published 02/10/2012 at 2:42 p.m.

    Marco Island restaurants are in tune with love’s sweet song on Valentine’s Day with romance on the menus of these fine restaurants and are sure to melt the heart of anyone’s sweet patootie or hunky cutie.

  • Fryin' and Flappin' Published 01/26/2012 at 3:53 p.m.

    The Turkey Buzzards are back circling in the skies over Goodland and that means it’s time for the Mullet Festival held annually at Stan’s and Sons Idle Hour Seafood Restaurant the weekend before Super Bowl.

  • A bite to eat: Nosh Truck has gourmet food on the go at Marco Island Farmer's Market Published 01/23/2012 at 12:42 p.m.

    Mobile food dispensing vehicles (aka food trucks) are a trendy commodity in major urban areas with people standing in line over an hour for a gourmet burger. Well, the trend trickled down to Collier County this season and Marco Island ...

  • BeachDogs: Upping the hot dog’s pedigree Published 01/19/2012 at 1:17 p.m. 1 Comment

    Don’t give the Big Apple’s hip hot dog vendors another thought when it comes to classy. Marco Island’s Chris Quinton has raised the hot dog’s pedigree to a unique BeachDog served from a stylish stainless steel pushcart and is now ...

  • Celebrate New Year's Eve Marco Style Published 12/29/2011 at 5:43 p.m. 3 Comments

    Party hearty New Year’s Eve at a favorite watering hole or welcome the New Year raising glasses high to celebrate the day while dining at one of Marco Island’s excellent restaurants listed below.

  • Guiliano Matarese joins Sale e Pape as executive chef Published 12/16/2011 at 10:55 a.m.

    Celebrate the holiday season feasting on fabulous food featured in Sale e Pepe’s innovative new gourmet menu created by the restaurant’s new executive chef Guiliano Matarese that made its debut Monday.

  • Mama Mia: Chef Ettore joins Casa Mia at new location Published 12/05/2011 at 3:04 p.m.

    Casa Mia Italian Steakhouse is going all out for the 2011 holiday season and owners Maria and Tony Brock are spreading their wings with lots of exciting things planned in their spacious new location at 1000 N. Collier Blvd. in ...

  • Marco Island Farmers' Market celebrates grand opening Published 11/15/2011 at 12:58 p.m.

    Grand Opening Day saw 91 food and crafts vendors displaying their wares at the market with 16 more slated to set up in a few weeks for a total of 107 food and crafts vendors filling every booth space this ...

  • Marco Polo to honor vets with meal Published 11/03/2011 at 2:57 p.m.

    Marco Island’s Marco Polo Restaurant owner Tom Naifeh is hosting a dinner on Veterans Day and is inviting veterans and active duty personnel to enjoy a complimentary four-course gourmet meal that evening in the restaurant.

  • Dining on the Boulevard: Island Cafe, Stonewalls and Philly Grille in Marco Published 09/23/2011 at 1:05 p.m.

    This week’s roundup of fine Marco Island restaurants offers diners plenty of dining options from sensational shrimp entrees and three-course early bird specials to diverse dishes created by a well-liked restaurateur/chef who’s known for opening new restaurants on the Island.

  • Celebrate summer on Marco island Published 07/08/2011 at 3:20 p.m.

    Summer season won’t last forever and neither will the super specials served up now at splendid Marco Island restaurants on Bald Eagle Drive in the recently recognized Olde Marco Historic Village established in 1870.

  • Dining on the far corner of the Island: Summer specials at the Shops of Marco restaurants Published 06/24/2011 at 3:34 p.m.

    Summertime and the living is easy with new summer hours and menu specials being offered at the quartet of top notch neighborhood restaurants conveniently located in Shops of Marco at Barfield and San Marco Road.

  • Dads will appreciate dining out on their day on Marco Island Published 06/17/2011 at 6:37 a.m.

    Never mind Armani ties and Old Spice shaving lotions, this Father’s Day why not honor dear old dad by treating him to a scrumptious Sunday feast served up by several of our favorite Marco Island restaurants.

  • Mother's Day on Marco Island Published 04/29/2011 at 2:34 p.m.

    April showers bring May flowers and Mother’s Day on Marco Island where many of the Island’s restaurants have created menus that will make Mom’s day an exceptionally happy one and keep her out of the kitchen.

  • Dine like royalty on Marco Island Published 04/28/2011 at 2:10 p.m. 3 Comments

    During this week The Bar and Bistro @ Mareks has been tarted up with all the proper British buntings and flags to evoke a British pub feel during pre-wedding week. Dine indoors or out on the patio while enjoying the ...

  • Midnight munchies? Where to go on Marco Island Published 04/27/2011 at 8:42 a.m. 12 Comments

    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.

  • New farmers market springs up Published 04/25/2011 at 8:15 a.m.

    The Collier County Government Complex Farmers Market opened Friday, April 15 in front of Building W (Facilities Management) across from the Collier County Museum.

  • Organic food at bargain prices Published 04/14/2011 at 1:55 p.m.

    When one door closes, as is the case with the Marco Island Farmers Market, another door may well provide an opening for Islanders to purchase locally grown organic produce and more through a small group of food co-ops called Green ...

  • Bring your appetite to Taste of Marco on Sunday Published 04/05/2011 at 3:05 p.m.

    The family-friendly festival features a new interactive people’s choice food contest and old favorites like the bounce house at the 21st annual event.

  • PHOTOS: Blake’s Produce has its roots in Southwest Florida Published 04/01/2011 at 11:32 a.m.

    How can you keep ’em down on the farm after they’ve seen Marco Island? Well, that wasn’t a hard choice for Jerry Garrett who retired from laboring in the family’s farm and orchard business in Michigan and switched to selling ...

  • Marco Island Farmers Market: Fresh from the grove Published 03/11/2011 at 2:51 p.m.

    The family-owned and operated 120 acre citrus grove business was started and planted in 1980 over a 3 to 3½ year period and was opened to the public in 1984, said family member Hank Jacobs.

  • Happy Birthday Goodland! Party slated for Saturday Published 03/10/2011 at 5:10 p.m. 1 Comment

    “This will be our first birthday celebration in the new Goodland Boat Park and we Goodlanders are going to make it ‘fishy’ fun this year so mark your calendars and put on your fishing boots and jump right in for ...

  • Wearin’ of the green Published 03/10/2011 at 4:48 p.m.

    On Marco Island, Cathy O’Clarke’s Irish Pub will be the site of two “saintly” conjoined events held within a week’s time.

  • Marco Island Farmers Market: Ethnic eating Published 02/25/2011 at 4:03 p.m.

    “Friends and customers who live on Isles of Capri and Marco Island and often eat lunch or dinner at my restaurant are the ones who told me about the Farmers Market, saying it was one of the best markets in ...

  • Herbeque’s introduces Chicago-style barbecue to Marco Island Published 02/18/2011 at noon

    The Herbeque name may be a clever play on words, but Herbert Prince, owner of the family-oriented barbecue catering company, is totally serious about the quality and taste of the hickory smoked Chicago-style barbecue foods he sells at his Marco ...

  • Making waves: ‘The Good Old Days’ is the theme for this year’s Mardi Gras Good Boat Parade Published 02/17/2011 at 3:49 p.m.

    Everybody loves a parade and the 15th Annual Mardi Gras Goodland Boat Parade on Saturday is sure to exceed all expectations of fun, food and entertainment for young and old alike. This year’s boat parade theme is “The Good Old ...

  • Romantic dinners: Table for two on Marco Published 02/11/2011 at 9:17 a.m.

    To smooth a path in the name of love, we've gathered, not rose buds, but a bouquet of menus to assist our readers in the search for the perfect Valentine’s Day restaurant.

  • At the Market: Earthly pleasures Published 01/27/2011 at 3:29 p.m.

    “We specialize in organic foods, vegan and raw and a lifestyle that we believe supports farmers who grow locally available organic produce. We added gluten-free because its benefits, like vegan, are many, and you don’t get the artery-clogging cholesterol — ...

  • At the Market: Tasty tongue twister Published 01/27/2011 at 3:22 p.m.

    “I’ve had this business (Peaches Provisions) 14 years — it seemed like a logical transition and I find it very rewarding and creative to think of new ways to pack olives,” she related, explaining that a woman at one of ...

  • Marco Island's Red Rooster opens bright and early every day Published 01/01/2011 at midnight 3 Comments

    The Red Rooster Breakfast & Lunch opened as softly as a rooster can crow at 7 a.m. Thursday with old friends and former customers lined up at the door. The Red Rooster, located in Shops of Marco, 1821 San Marco ...

  • P&J’s Nuts ‘R’ Us has Islanders goin' nuts Published 12/31/2010 at 3 p.m.

    Pat and Jay Kelly are nuts! Really, the sign says so. The duo man a booth at the farmers market every Wednesday.

  • Marek’s Collier House expands with new bar and restaurant on Marco Published 12/17/2010 at 1 p.m.

    Marco Island’s award-winning chef/owner Peter and Penny Marek presented loyal customers with a sassy but elegant watering hole that opened on Friday just in time for holiday dining and celebrations.

  • That’s a wrap Published 10/05/2010 at 3:42 p.m.

    A small group of University of Miami graduate students converged on the restaurant to use it as a set to film a school project called “Whatever Lola Wants.” The film will be shown at a later date during the University ...

  • Marco Island: Edible delights Published 10/01/2010 at 12:57 p.m.

    Down in Southwest Florida, some Marco Island residents are starting vegetable and or herb gardens from seed, while others are planting started plants purchased in local garden centers.

  • Today’s Islander: Stan Niemczyk Jr. Published 10/08/2009 at 7:43 p.m.

    Meet Stan Niemczyk Jr.

  • Today’s Islander: Mike and Meryl Blass Published 09/17/2009 at 8:44 p.m.

    A regular feature on Marco Islanders you otherwise might not get to meet

  • Today’s Islander: Meet Virna Mejicanos Published 09/03/2009 at 5:26 p.m.

    A regular feature on Marco Islanders you otherwise might never get to meet

  • Chef Q & A: Alberto Varretto Published 08/20/2009 at 9:17 p.m.

    It is a passion. When you have a passion you have an interest, a new style. Everything there is about it is a life-long commitment.

  • Chef Q & A: Laura Owen Published 08/13/2009 at 8:53 p.m.

    I always enjoyed cooking with my parents when I was growing up but music was also a big part of my life into high school. After I graduated, I enrolled in the University of Georgia as music major but I ...

  • A la Carte: In the kitchen 6X Published 08/11/2009 at 9:01 p.m.

    Most of us have learned about the food chain, and we’re also aware of ubiquitous restaurant chains dotting the land, but here we have the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort Golf Club and Spa that boasts the largest chain of ...

  • A la Carte: Dining to the Max Published 08/11/2009 at 8:28 p.m.

    Fine dining is still alive and well on Marco Island: Who sez? Well, for openers think about a new trendy dining club whose members shell out $100 each for a unique dinner held monthly that’s hosted by any one of ...

  • Chef Q & A: Francisco “Paco” Cazarin Published 08/06/2009 at 8:37 p.m.

    I’ve created our summer menu earlier, but looking ahead to season we’re going to feature baby back ribs and snow crab actually I’m running it as a special for Friday right now and it’s very popular item for dinner, and ...

  • Chef Q & A: Fred Braun Published 07/30/2009 at 10:21 p.m.

    I started at the Sheraton in Columbus, Ohio and by the time I was 17 I was cooking. I was promoted to assistant chef at 18 and worked there five years. Cooking in a restaurant appealed to me because you ...

  • A la Carte: Amigo’s Café Published 07/28/2009 at 10:02 p.m.

    No, it’s not a new Mexican restaurant, and yes to the “Ole” because it’s probably what Mexican food fans were shouting when the first Amigo’s Café opened at its original East Trail location 16 years ago.

  • Chef Q & A: Henry Geronimo Published 07/23/2009 at 10:30 p.m.

    It’s my passion. I love to combine various foods and create something beautiful that also tastes good.

  • Chef Q & A: Randre Jean Published 07/16/2009 at 10:31 p.m.

    When I was a kid growing up in Haiti my friends and I would go fishing, and I would bring the fish home and prepare the fish different ways for my family.

  • A la Carte: Casa Mia - Martinis and Music Published 07/14/2009 at 9:16 p.m.

    It was boy’s night out (and dames too) enjoying Martinis and Music on Friday and Saturday evening at the Casa mia Italian Steakhouse. The nostalgic weekend event featured Tommy T, vocalizing a reprise of Rat Pack tunes, beginning at 7 ...