Best New Restaurant

7th Avenue Social

Naples Illustrated's Dining Awards - Best New Restaurant - Chef David Lani - 7th Avenue Social - Fort Myers  Shrimp Carbonara

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Opened in March 2015, 7th Avenue Social (239-231-4553) immediately soared in popularity, despite being two blocks removed from the vibrant Fifth Avenue South scene. It owes its success to a winning combination of locally sourced ingredients, “handcrafted food and drinks,” a certain Southern-Latin flair, and late night hours. The bar and restaurant has become a sensation with its 2 a.m. closing time and live music, especially among the community’s up-and-coming young professionals, who deem it the new hip spot to hang out.

   Never doubt, however, that the kitchen takes its menus, which change with what is available locally, seriously. Its daytime (3 to 10 p.m.), late night (10 p.m. to 3 a.m.), Sunday brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.), and cocktail menus roll with the trends and chef David Lani’s creative whims.

   Add to his Culinary Institute of America chops the know-how and restaurant experience of owner Colin Estrem, also the owner of Naples’ Avenue Wine Café, and you have a formula for something new and fresh in the Naples dining and nightlife scene.

7th Avenue Social - Best New Restaurant

   Start your 7th Avenue Social experience around the bar or out on the patio with an Albino Manhattan (made with white whiskey and vermouth plus a dash of orange bitters) or a craft IPA. Snack on a jar of house-pickled veggies or a shredded jackfruit taco with salsa rojo and cotija. The Apps portion of the menu lists loaded yucca planks and conch sliders. Sandwiches and entrées such as Chorizo Meatloaf Cuban or Pork Belly ‘n’ Grits feed serious appetites. Sunday brunch choices include Green Tomatoes, Eggs & Ham and Smokin’ Fish Hash Frittata.


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