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Friday, May 17, 2013

Captain Kirk's Stone Crabs (Closed)

Captain Kirk's Stone Crabs is an unassuming establishment just down the street from City Hall and across the street from Cambier Park on 8th Street S. in Naples, FL. Unassuming stops right when you go through the front door. If you're into seafood, you're in for a real treat.

You can eat outside. If you prefer shade come before "high noon" as the seating faces west.

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 You can also dine inside, or get your food to go

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and dine across the street in Cambier Park, which is very pleasant.

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The first day I went there, I was accompanied by dining companion (DC). Here's what was offered that day.

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DC opted for the grilled halibut (Halibut) Caesar salad.

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I ordered the blackened grouper (Grouper) on a "Kaiser" (Kaiser roll) roll.

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It was served with lettuce, very good local tomatoes, house made mustard sauce and coleslaw. The coleslaw had no mayonnaise and was prepared with a vinegar-based dressing. Very nice.

The second time I dined there I went solo. Here was the menu.

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That day, they were serving fish tacos. These fish tacos are, hands down, the best in Collier County.

Depending on what's available on "fish taco day" they can rotate between mahi-mahi (Mahi-Mahi), snapper (Snapper) or grouper. Lucky me, it was grouper the day I ate there. The tacos have a generous portion of fish, and are mixed with tomatoes, lettuce, cabbage, cilantro and a bit of cheese. Chips, lime, black beans with rice and hot sauce accompany your tacos. The hot sauce was good and I suspect homemade. What made it so good was that it was just heat and had no vinegar note which I feel can distract from the main course.

I mention "fish taco day" as it changes depending on time of year.

If you like, order some ice tea with your meal. Very good.

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Besides lunch, which is served from 11-3, they also have fresh fish and shellfish, some of the best around. One of the owners family has been fishing the local waters for over 55 years. What they have here is as fresh as fresh can be.

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Besides the freshness of the seafood, what is great about this place is the local seafood that they sell. You cannot find this type of thing at corporate markets. Depending on the time of year they may have local yellow tail snapper, triple tail, pompano, mullet and scamp grouper. If you have never had scamp grouper please do. It's the "king" of grouper (Scamp Grouper). I am almost certain you cannot find this in a grocery store. 

Kirk's also has excellent local stone crab claws during season which runs from October 15-May 15. I would guess that's why they picked the name of their business.

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They also sell their wares at the Third Street S. farmer's market (vide supra) on Saturday mornings should you be down that way.

They have a number of interesting things on their walls. One of the most interesting to me was a copy of the Collier County phone directory from 1946.

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I count less than 150 people in this directory. Amazing!

There you have it. If you really like seafood go here. They will not disappoint.

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Captain Kirk's Stone Crabs
629 8th Street S.
Naples, FL 34102
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