Food Finds: Cheesy bacon fries and some healthy stuff too!

Will Watts
Cheesy bacon fries from McDonalds.

This week’s Food Finds are the ying and yang of your diet.

First, the slightly (they are mostly veggies after all – right!?) unhealthy but somewhat irresistible cheesy bacon fries. The item was first tested in a few cities in 2017 – causing a social media stir. At the end of January 2018, they were added to the menu nationwide along with some other notable bacon items – including the Big Mac and Quarter Pounder.

Sprouts Farmers Market in North Naples.

McDonald’s classic fries are topped with a velvety cheese sauce and applewood smoked bacon bits. Yum! Get there quick, the dish is only available for a limited time.

Now for the yang: I traveled up Collier Boulevard, all the way to Immokalee Road, then a slight right and into the arms of healthy shopping as the much-anticipated Sprouts Farmers Market has opened.

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The healthy grocer – like Whole Foods and Fresh Market but much more like a Lucky’s – is the first store to debut in the newly constructed Logan Landings at Immokalee Road and Logan Boulevard.

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The 30,000-square-foot market is only the eighth location to open in Florida. The Phoenix-based store operates more than 300 stores around the nation, and has expansion plans for Jacksonville, Deerfield Beach, Jupiter, Oviedo, Riverview and Trinity.

Sprout's had a wider selection of flavors for one of my personal favs.

My personal win at the store was found in the form of calorie-burning (allegedly) drink Celsius. You can find assorted four-packs at some Publix stores, but Sprout’s had a wider selection of flavors, sold individually. Flavors like watermelon berry, pineapple coconut and strawberries and cream.  

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Food Finds, a new column spotlighting tasty treats you can find all over Southwest Florida and not necessarily just served in a restaurant.

If you go


  • 899 N Collier Blvd, Marco Island
  • 239-642-8899
  • mcdonalds.com


  • 2224 Logan Blvd. N. Naples
  • 239-325-6950
  • sprouts.com