SUBSCRIBE NOW

'Watts for Dinner': Kretch's – Unassuming setting, friendly faces make for fun time

Will Watts
Correspondent

Seafood strudel anyone? That’s just one of the signature dishes that makes Kretch’s a Marco Island original. Stepping inside is like visiting another time and place; unassuming down-home fishing-village décor; friendly faces and something on the menu for everyone.

Baked French onion soup from Kretch's, Marco Island.

I started things off with the baked French onion soup ($5.50) – “a caramelized onion in hearty beef broth with crème sherry, rye and melted provolone cheese.” This soup hits every note; and if I had stopped here, I would have been completely satisfied.

For my main entrée, I ordered from the “Bar Bites” menu; a list of tradition lunch items that you can order for dinner. You got to love ‘em for that. I picked the chicken club ($9.95) – grilled chicken breast with bacon, swiss cheese, lettuce and tomato on a Kaiser roll. You can option avocado slices for $1.95; and I was tempted; but my waitress gave me the low-down on the quality for the night, so I passed. Again, high marks. At a good restaurant, when you ask the wait staff their opinion, they’ll give it to you. Never be shy.

The chicken club platter with sweet potato fries from Kretch's, Marco Island.

The chicken breast was huge, tender, juicy and cooked to perfection; with thick-cut slab bacon and covered in melted cheese. The veggies were fresh (and on the side) – lettuce, tomato and some of the best pickles I’ve ever eaten. Only one small complaint, the roll could have been a tad fresher.

My dish also came with some creamy cole slaw and a choice side – I picked the sweet potato fries. They were crinkle cut and perhaps the most amazing part of my meal. Crunchy, tasty and salted to perfection. I dip them in mayonnaise for the ultimate experience.

My partner in dine picked the chicken Florentine ($18.95) – “grilled chicken breast topped with sautéed fresh spinach, fontina cheese and toasted parmesan bread crumbs.” It came with a fresh side salad.

The house salad that comes with your entree at Kretch's, Marco Island.
Chicken Florentine from Kretch's, Marco Island.

The dish looked amazing and gets high marks for presentation. And while each ingredient was spot on, something about the coming-together process was lacking. Personally, I think between the amazing soup and salad, the body was just not ready for more.

Kretch’s is a solid performer. We also experienced some of the best and most friendly service around. Even the customers seemed happier and more open then you generally see these days; something I can only presume is a product of the environment here.

More:‘Watts for Dinner’: Sale e Pepe for beachside fine dining

More:‘Watts for Dinner’: Red Rooster is something to crow about

More:Looking for a place to eat on Marco Island?

This newspaper pays for all meals related to dining reviews. We do not solicit or accept free food.

If you go

Kretch's

  • 527 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island
  • 239-394-3433
  • kretchs.com