Buzz’s Lighthouse

An unpretentious local favorite for its Grouper Reuben

Ignore the Christmas lights that scream “tacky tourist spot” and head up the wheelchair ramp and inside. The place is casual as can be, with a wood-centric, boat-like decor.

The service here is the best in Naples: attentive, happy, knowledgeable and honest. (They’ll tell you when the appetizer of the day is exceptional and when it’s just “good.”) They do everything seafood here, and you can’t go wrong with anything on the menu. People rave about the $14 lobster dinners that come with all the appropriate sides, like a baked potato and coleslaw. But the Grouper Reuben (market price) is the star of the show. Something about the combination of tender white fish and sauerkraut with Thousand Island dressing between two slices of toasted white bread just makes a hard day feel better. Wash that messy sandwich down with a pitcher of beer (size appropriate for three people). They only have two choices: Killian’s Irish Red and Bud.

Try to snag an outdoor table. The patio has heat lamps and overlooks the Vanderbilt Lagoon. While sitting inside isn’t uncomfortable, it can be a little dark. The seating is more spacious outside and well-lit, so you can have a romantic dinner as a pair or gather with a group of friends over a few pitchers.

If you’re not planning on spending too much time in Naples, be careful. Once you’ve had the Grouper Reuben, you’ll start craving it—and not just any reuben will satisfy!

Tara for TKGO City Guides

9180 Gulf Shore Drive, North Naples/Vanderbilt Beach. (239) 597-2551. Not open Mondays. Reservations not necessary, but if you really want the patio (and you do), call anyway.
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