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Our critic answers readers #1 question: Where do you eat?

Her top 3 Naples restaurants

Diana Biederman | Naples Daily News

What are JLB’s top three restaurants when friends and family visit?

It took a lengthy scroll through my phone’s gallery to figure it out.

Until 2021, one top destination (according to my photos) was Siam Thai, an affordable and convenient go-to with dated décor a la Mad Men. From my vegan pal Thomas Farley, aka Mister Manners, to “Iron Chef America” judge Karine Bakhoum, whose palate was once insured for $1,000,000 by Lloyds of London, this easy downtown joint was a crowd pleaser.

Alas, Siam Thai changed hands and then closed in 2022, making it ineligible for this story inspired by USA Today’s recent listing of America’s top 100 restaurants of the year based on where my Gannett colleagues go when friends and family land in town.

…below are JLB’s three most frequent restaurant haunts from May 2015 to now.

What they have in common? Each is independently owned, decidedly fuss-free and family-friendly. They also won’t break the bank unless you go bananas ordering multiple fun cocktails because you might want to try several.

JLB’s Top 3
If there’s a downside to JLB’s job, it’s only that I don’t get to visit my favorites as often as before. But when friends and family are in town, these are my must-visits, listed in alphabetical order.

Island Gypsy
292 Capri Blvd., Naples; 239-394-1111;

Jane’s Cafe
1209 Third St. S., Naples; 239-261-2253;

Seventh South Craft Food + Drink
849 Seventh Ave. S., Naples; 239-231-4553;

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