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Monday, April 6, 2015

Dinner at 7th Avenue Social

is a recently opened restaurant in Naples, FL.  They opened in early March, 2015.

There have been many restaurants in this location over the years. In addition to their outdoor dining area, this iteration has done a wonderful job on their interior remodel.

True to their "social" theme, there are a variety of environments inside the restaurant which really make 7th Avenue Social unique in the area.

As you walk in the front door there is a lounge/television area,

a small "club-like" section with a couch and table and chairs,

a more traditional dining space

and a very nice bar.

My dining companion (DC) and I sampled a number of things from the Menu.

We split some of the Chicharrones.

They were not bad but were more an "Americanized" version. I had really hoped for This, which is basically fried Pork Belly that can be had at many Latin American markets.

Apart from the starter, the food here is wonderful.

DC ordered the loaded yucca fries.

Perfectly cooked strips of Yucca were topped with Barbacoa Beef and Pimento Fondue, sort of a Rotel Dip. The cheese topping made this dish very southern-inspired.

DC also ordered the fried chicken and waffles, another southern-inspired dish.

The fried chicken was some of the best I have had in the area. Marinated in buttermilk, coated in a flour/corn flake mixture and deep fried, delicious. The buttermilk really shined in these chicken thighs. The waffles were also really good, buttressed with real maple syrup.

I ordered the kale salad.

Absolutely delicious, with kale, bacon, pecans, pickled onions, blue cheese and cider dressing.

Having lived in Mississippi and tasted the best, I ordered the Collard Greens.

These were the best I have had in many moons, seasoned with Fatback, onions, vinegar and Mustard Seed.

I asked the owner what the southern "thang" was all about in the food. He told us that he thought it was probably the most definitive American cuisine to him and wanted to highlight it. That they have.

The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, the exterior dining area very pleasant and the food is excellent.This is one of the top 10 local restaurants so far that I have eaten at. I will definitely go back, especially to sample the upcoming happy hour menu that should be online in about a week or two. 7th Avenue Social stands out both culinarily and aesthetically, and should be a very welcome addition to the Naples restaurant scene.

It's a wrap for another post on Forks.

7th Avenue Social
849 7th Avenue South
Naples, FL 34102

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