‘Watts for Dinner’: Modern coastal dining at The Hampton Social

Will Watts
Correspondent

Our next dining destination is The Hampton Social at Mercato in North Naples.  

Things got off to a unique and appetizing start with the smoked eggplant ($14) featuring a vibrant grain and vegetable medley, eggplant, grated feta and watermelon radish. This dish is beautiful, colorful, creative and a medley of flavors. There is just a slight bitter aftertaste, but it’s so worth it!

We also ordered the crispy potatoes ($14.50). These are triple blanched golden potatoes, crispy fried and topped with a feta mousse. Yes folks! Look at the picture. That’s not sour cream. These potatoes might come across as simple, but the truth is, they are simply delicious.

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For my next round, I selected the beet salad ($17). It features red and gold beets, orange segments, goat cheese and a micro cress arugula. The dish looks like artwork and the flavors are a work of art as well. So good!

My dining companion had the “Harvest Kale” salad ($14.50), featuring brown rice, root vegetables, mushrooms, pumpkin seeds and a lemon maple vinaigrette. It’s huge and delicious. He savored every bite. And had to take his entrée home for later.

Speaking of entrees, I picked the tuna burger ($16.50) out of sheer curiosity. I had never had one before. What I expected, a hot tuna sandwich. What I got, a burger with a rich deep flavor. The hose-made tuna patty features cilantro and bok choy and is served with a horseradish mayo on an egg bun along with a side of freshly made potato chips. This sandwich is awesome and left me awestruck.  I highly recommend this dish.

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My partner in dine ordered the Scottish salmon ($28), featuring green lentils, roasted veggies,

orange segments and a milky lemon wasabi sauce. It was a thick filet. And it earned high praise.

We also ordered two pizzas to take home and sample another day, the four-cheese ($16.50) and the “Avocado Corn” ($15.50). The four-cheese features red sauce, gouda, mozzarella and goat cheeses. The other featured roasted tomatoes, garlic butter, fresh corn, cheese blend, avocado, basil and a lemon zest. The pizzas aren’t huge (like 12-inches), but they are hugely delicious.

Service was spectacular. The atmosphere is unique, young and fun. On the night of our visit, there was live music and a full house.

If you haven’t visited The Hampton Social, make your reservation today and enjoys the flavors of the Hamptons. Happy eating!

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If you go

The Hampton Social

  • 9114 Strada Pl., Naples
  • 239-202-2038
  • thehamptonsocial.com/naple