Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Putting on the Ritz
Welcome to a distant view of the Gulf from the perspective of our lunch at the Ritz Carlton's Vanderbilt Beach bistro, Gumbo Limbo.
This year's dining experiences in the Naples area have been more impressive and memorable than in years gone by, and for good reason. The economic climate of the times dictates that anyone who's serious about riding out the downturn has to up their game. Impeccable service, fresh ingredients, beautiful presentation and creativity in the kitchen and menu like never before. Here's my list of winners and 'pro shows' who have performed consistently throughout the winter of 2011.
Bravo, Brio, Bricktop, Bonefish Grill, Cirella's, Evoo, California Pizza Kitchen, Ruth's Chris, A Table Apart,
Blue Sushi. I suspect I will be adding to this list as I recall noteworthy experiences that just aren't on our radar this season. Cheers et bon appetite!