From October through April the number one activity in Naples Florida is eating out. This becomes an aggressive blood sport event. Although there are dozens of restaurants on every inch of land you must wait for a table. I thought New York was bad. (“We can give you a table at 5 or 10:45.”)
Lucky for us we managed to get a reservation at the Real Macaw, a restaurant highly recommended by a friend. We were instantly transported to a picture perfect Caribbean island. This incredibly colorful place consists of a few separate buildings. There is seating both inside and outside.
The salad was a vision of an impressionist painting. A layered assemblage of baby greens, grilled peaches, macadamia nuts and goat cheese with a truffle vinaigrette dressing.
The main course was a Down Island Chicken. Prepared in a French Caribbean style with a red wine cream reduction. It came with Kielbasa and jumbo shrimp mashed potatoes.
As the sun set, the sounds of a newer version of a Phil Ochs and Jim Glover 60’s folk duo sang in the courtyard.
The food, the setting, the music, you can’t feel more mellow than that.