North Naples Lunch Break

The Counter Custom Burgers, Mercato

The Counter, El Segundo, Ryan Tanaka 2016
A custom burger at The Counter.

The menu’s stars, of course, are burgers to match every taste. A must-try, the Holy Crab consists of a jumbo lump crab cake with jalapeño jack cheese, pickles, coleslaw, house-made Thousand Island dressing, tomato, and fresh jalapeños on a Hawaiian bun. Healthy options are also plentiful, including bun-less burgers on fresh greens.

Stage Deli Fine Foods, Mercato

Stage Deli Mish Mash soup. (Photo by Michael Caronchi)

The old classic has received a total makeover, with a completely renovated, sleeker interior and new menu items including a Tuscan kale salad, grouper tacos, and a Cuban sandwich. Traditionalists will still find the famous classics, like stuffed cabbage, Reubens, and hot corned beef on rye.

Chicken Salad Chick, Riverchase Plaza

Chicken Salad Chick side dishes. (Photo by Ali Rauch)

The first Southwest Florida location of a Southeastern fast-casual chain takes the classic to a higher level, with 15 flavors of chicken salad from mild (Fruity Fran with apples and grapes) to wild (Kickin’ Kay Lynne, with buffalo and ranch sauces, bacon, cheddar, and jalapeños). Soups and freshly baked desserts round out the menu.

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