Alice Sweetwater’s Bar and Grille Naples Florida

By resident restaurant critic Barbara Tinucci!

Alice Sweetwater 2One of our new favorite restaurants is Alice Sweetwater’s Bar & Grille, located at 1996 Airport Road South in Naples. Set among some trees, although along the busy Airport Road, Sweetwater’s is a little oasis: charming, quaint and a little bit kitchy in regards to its cute and eclectic décor. You walk up some steps to the main part of the restaurant, within the bar area. The atmosphere is casual, and the service is quick and friendly, and somewhat no-nonsense, and that’s fine with us. It’s a nice bar & grille atmosphere, but family oriented as well. There’s also a charming, and somewhat quieter back patio area with its own bar, TV’s, and nice fans and misters for the warmer weather. Surrounded by tall plants, you feel like you’re out in the country back there.alice sweetwater 3

Sweetwater’s website says they’ve been in business for more than 20 years, and we can see why. The menu’s quite extensive, with a pretty big emphasis on seafood. Although there’re plenty of meat dishes for non-seafood types. It’s not a franchise, so you get the local feel when you dine there. It’s a nice place to visit, whether you’re vacationing here in Naples, or live here year ‘round like we do.

At a recent visit, my husband ordered the steamed mussels. He orders mussels almost everywhere they’re served, just to see if the next bowl is the best one ever. He says Sweetwater’s are among the tops – a pound of fresh mussels steamed to perfection in white wine and garlic, with fresh bread to soak up the delicious broth – priced at $10.95, a good value for the money. I had the fish tacos, and enjoyed the 3 flour tortillas filled with freshly grilled fish, served with fresh pico de gallo salsa and Spanish rice, all for $12.50.

We’ve also enjoyed the peel & eat shrimp, lobster bisque (Bob says it’s superb!), and the pork tenderloin sandwich, a tasty, lightly battered tenderloin served on a homemade bun. The menu is pretty extensive, with steaks, ribs and mini-burgers called “Little Bitty Bite Size Burgers”, which may be ordered one at a time for $2.50 each. We haven’t yet tried the ribs, but are planning to on our next visit. A half slab, served with fries and creamy coleslaw sells for $14.95, and the full slab is $18.95. We ogled them being served to some other diners, and they looked and smelled delicious! Can’t wait.

Last, but not least, there’s a full bar and of course, a must for folks like me – house wines! Cabernet, Chardonnay, White Zin and Merlot all are priced at $4.25 a glass, and the very nice Pinot Grigio is a whopping $5.00. So, if you’re like many of us, and you get a little peeved at paying $10 or $11 for a simple house wine, Sweetwater’s offers a nice inexpensive alternative. Good food, generous portions, reasonable pricing and efficient service all add up to a very pleasant and satisfying experience. You can check out their complete menu at their website, www.alicesweetwatersbarandgrille.com. Cheers, and bon appetit!

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