Waterfront view from Baleen restaurant at LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort
Candlelight and sea breezes set the stage for the most romantic dinner you can daydream. Whether you choose to dine indoors, or outdoors with your toes in the sand, the Gulf view is soothing and mood-setting at Baleen (239-598-5707), part of LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort. Now you are ready for a fine culinary experience that showcases local seafood in the best possible light with Caribbean flair. Start with icy chilled oysters—you know what they say about oysters. Lobster bisque, crab cakes with chili aioli, black grouper with blue crab farro risotto, yellowtail snapper with creamed boniato, and lobster tail are pure seafood bliss. For landlubbers, there’s guava BBQ glazed pork tenderloin, lamb osso bucco and other meaty pleasures.
Like une petite journée to France, Bleu Provence sweetens its fine Continental cuisine with such French specialties as moules frites (mussels and fries). Order a bottle of French wine and prepare to leisurely linger over multiple courses. (bleuprovencenaples.com, 239-261-8239)
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