The Local is a restaurant in "The Bed Bath and Beyond" plaza in North Naples. They have been open since April of this year.
They are modeled after the farm to table movement. This is acquiring ingredients from smaller, local food vendors. Generally, these ingredients will be fresher and of higher quality than those obtained from big agribusiness. This is very much in the spirit of Alice Waters who was a pioneer of this concept and also discussed in another post Rabbit Run Farm.
They have a set menu
and also one on their chalkboard that changes daily.
They are also open for dinner but that is the topic of another post.
You can choose to eat inside
or out, which is what my dining companion (DC) choose to do.
DC started off with an agua fresca which that day consisted of juices of lime and cucumber which were seasoned seasoned with mint.
We both started off with the gulf chowder with vegetables, mangrove snapper and red grouper. It was good but could have had a bit more chutzpah.
DC ordered the blackened mullet sandwich
while I ordered the grass-fed cheeseburger.
The burger was very good. So were the greens served with a citrus vinaigrette. The greens were as fresh as fresh could be. Frisee, leaf lettuce and arugala straight from the owner's garden in his backyard. It doesn't get any better than that.
It was very pleasant lunch that day. I would definitely go back for a second look, probably for dinner.
So that's that for another review on forks.
5323 N. Airport-Pulling Rd.
Naples, FL 34109