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29 years of award winning dining at Café De Marco

Joan Kelly  LOCATION  Olde Marco was first settled in the 1880’s. Tucked into this historic area is the Café de Marco, celebrating 29 years in this unique location. Travel down Bald Eagle to Palm St and turn left. A contemporary décor waits in a historic building. DINNER PACKAGES  In celebration of the anniversary the restaurant continues to offer a twilight dinner between 5 and 5:45PM for $14.95. A three-course 29th Anniversary Dinner Package for $27 is served with wine. There are eight different entrees on the anniversary menu. CULINARY EXCELLENCE  The Café de Marco is known for its diverse selection ... Read More »

PHILLY GRILLE, known for variety

Joan Kelly Philadelphia bred Guy and Lisa’s PHILLY GRILLE is making a statement. Here you can order authentic steak sandwiches (also called Philly Cheese Steak) “with or without.” In contrast the menu is vegan and vegetarian friendly. Chef Guy is continually creating, so there are always new menu items. A new kids’ menu is being offered. Fresh soups are made daily. Take out is available. Philly Grille is located at 1000 N. Collier Bvd. (between Radio Shack and Sunshine Booksellers) Heritage Square Shopping Center – Phone: 239.394.2221, fax: 239-394-2220 – – Lunch is served 11AM to 2PM. Dinner 5PM ... Read More »

Stonewalls: fresh, fast and friendly

Joan Kelly    Stonewalls is just what Al Landers and Tim Burke pictured. The restaurant has an elegant atmosphere, clean and open space, with electronic menus, flat screen televisions and fine food at an exceptional value. Food comes to the table fast and freshly made, with friendly service. FINE FOOD  Fine food and drink is what is promised. From the freshly baked pastries and cake to the homemade soups, pasta dishes, salads, sandwiches and pizza diners will find only quality foods. All entrees come with choice of one side, black beans and rice, pasta salad, slaw, side Caesar, lettuce wedge ... Read More »

Hoots offers a summer special

By Joan Kelly TWO LOCATIONS SAME MENU The Marco Island Hoots, 563 Elkcam Circle east is the oldest. The second has the good fortune to be next to the new Lowe’s. They have the same basic menu, only the daily specials are different. Owner Bruce Haynes is on Marco and Miguel Hernandez operates the second location. SUMMER VALUE Hoots is offering a new punch card.  Eat 12 meals in either restaurant, have the card punched and the next meal is on the house. This is a good deal for locals who relish eating out. BREAKFAST You can eat breakfast any ... Read More »

Everything’s primo at Davinci’s Ristorante Italiano

By Joan Kelly    The ever expanding DaVinci’s in the Marco Walk Plaza on South Collier is in business to provide the best food in a heart-warming ambiance. The Carvelli family from Calabria, Italy has provided true Italian food for sixteen years. The same chefs, Giovanni and Francesco, make their creations by the book providing consistency you will appreciate. PRIVATE ROOM DaVinci’s now has an addition, a private room that seats around one hundred people. It has a huge wall screen and computer connection for business meetings and lunches. It will be a place to hold special events like receptions and ... Read More »

Su’s Garden, a Marco Island treasure

By Joan Kelly Piyun Su is proud of the long history she has with Marco Island. Su’s Garden celebrated 30 years on the island in June. Su’s Garden is located at 537 Bald Eagle Drive with the gold Chinese lions marking the spot. Her regular customers are like family. Many know just what they want to order, sit and relax while it is prepared. “It is very simple,” Piyun Su noted. LUNCH Carry out as well as dine in is very popular. The carry-out menu for a complete lunch is now $6.95. You get the choice of soup or appetizer, ... Read More »

Get a chocolate fix on Marco

By Joan Kelly For more than 27 years The Chocolate Strawberry has provided homemade chocolate and ice cream treats on Macro Island. It is now located just down from Cocomo’s at 937 N Collier Blvd. TREATS You name it, owner Nigel Redwood has it. He is branching out into new chocolate dips like Gummy Bear, graham crackers, Twinkie and potato chips dipped in chocolate. You never know what will be dipped next. “ I’ll try it and see if it works,” Nigel said. HAND MADE CHOCOLATES You can order white, milk or dark chocolate. Chocolate strawberries, low sugar chocolate treats ... Read More »

KRETCH’s family owned for nearly 25 years

By Joan Kelly Owned by Chef Bruce and Ellen Kretschmer, the restaurant is part of the Marco community and has been for nearly 25 years. October, 2011 will be the silver anniversary date.The family works, lives and are involved in many aspects of community life. Now, along with son Bruce, the family has expanded service with full bar, entertainment and summer specials. BAR: The bar has its own room. Bruce built the bar and runs it for his family. Happy hour is from 4 to 6 and 9 to close. On Fridays there are free munchies. The restaurant menu is ... Read More »