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Who Made the List of the Top 10 Takeout Joints and Restaurants in Naples?

Though I really like to cook, I don’t all the time have the chance to accomplish that. And sometimes, I’m unable to cook. After Hurricane Ian ravaged our Capri home, there was no kitchen for six months. Our Weber survived, but my grill skills are nil. A friend whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy advised me to switch the microwave first and place it anywhere. Smart advice. Throughout the strategy of repairing our home and through this hot summer, once I finally had a kitchen but didn’t wish to add additional heat contained in the house after our air conditioner broke for good (it rains, it pours), restaurant takeout and ready meals from specialty markets became an everyday a part of my routine once I wasn’t going out for work.

With that in mind, listed here are just a few of my go-to spots for dinner carryout in Naples, based on their proximity to me and the next criteria: how well the food maintains its integrity for 2 days (as many portions are too big for one serving), and whether or not they use foam containers, that are environmentally unfriendly and smash the food by steaming it. Plastic containers are only as bad, but not less than they might be reused after washing. I’ve principally given up on bringing my Pyrex containers because most restaurant owners have a look at me like I’m nuts.

My only regret is that I used to go to O’mei when it was near Pine Ridge. The restaurant is now back in its original location near Bonita Springs, and I can not justify the drive for its divine jade dumplings.

Pro tip: Check the hours before heading out, as several restaurants we spoke to mentioned that they may change their hours next month because the season kicks off.

South & East Naples
Twisted Sheep: Kung Pao meatballs at a pizza joint? Yes, and so they’re fabulous. A neighborhood private chef really helpful this spot to me several years ago, and it landed at No. 2 on the town as voted by NDN’s readers during our official March Madness Pizza Bracket Challenge. Twisted goes beyond terrific pies. I am keen on their appetizers. My other go-to’s include candied bacon bruschetta and French onion mac and cheese.
Thesen: My favourite dish is the Duck Pad Thai, while my husband prefers the Mongolian Beef. My 20-something vegan neighbour loves it, as does restaurant owner Jane Wood, who lived in Singapore as a woman and worked as a global banker in Hong Kong. She knows good Asian food. The restaurant is run by seasoned hospitality professionals who’ve previously worked on the ultra-luxe Mandarin Oriental in Bangkok. (6821 Collier Blvd.; 239-304-9652;

Let’s Eat Asian Fusion: Our regular order is the Dan Dan noodles and twice-cooked chicken. What I like best is that Chef/Owner Bobby Fong uses an abundance of fresh vegetables. It makes all of the difference. (12684 Tamiami Trail E.; 239-963-9836;

Golden Leaf: Dining in is healthier, though the wait in season might be crazy long. I’ve done takeout there probably near 40 times in eight years, with a hit rate approaching 85%, which I attribute to the long drive home, because it’s 40 minutes from Capri. I “drive like grandma” based on my good pal Alex Alexander, who owned The Blue Heron. My favourite dishes are the eggplant with garlic sauce or chicken and string beans. (3615 Tamiami Trail N.; 239-434-6336;

Simit: I used to be with former JLB Annabelle Tometich when she reviewed this Turkish cuisine spot and loved it. The salad I had during that visit was the perfect in Naples. I recently revisited for a sit-down dinner with a friend who had never been before. I made an egregious error by overindulging with two squares from the all the time amazing Pizzata at 3 p.m. on my way home after a gathering that ran late, so after just a few bites of Simit’s Shrimp Tava at 7 p.m., I ended up taking most of my dish home. It was delicious on day two, regardless that reheated shrimp might be tricky. Pro tip: It isn’t visible from the road but is in the identical plaza across the corner from Dylan’s Drafthouse. (1230 Airport-Pulling Road N.; 239-331-4477;

Wynn’s: Since Oakes Farms on Davis, which is closer to home, closed after Hurricane Ian and Seed to Table is a trek from Capri, Wynn’s is now a frequent go-to for prepared dinners. Recently, one other customer with an elderly wheelchair-bound father said it’s her lifesaver for nutritious and delicious meals. There are a lot of options, but my favourites are the chicken Parm (sold by the piece) and the roast turkey dinner with mashed potatoes stuffing. Depending in your appetite, chances are you’ll get two meals from one dinner, though my husband will finish the complete thing. Pro suggestions: Check the packaging date to make sure the freshest entrees, and all the time buy an additional container of mashed potatoes for night two. Trust me on that. (141 Ninth St. N.; 239-261-7157;

North Naples
Angelic Desserts: They’ve great sandwiches and new-ish dinner entrees, but I’m hooked on their bakery’s $7 egg souffle, which makes for a convenient light supper for one. The tarts freeze well after thawing, followed by two and a half minutes within the microwave. Easy peasy. The soups are also delicious. (2355 Vanderbilt Beach Road at Galleria Shoppes; 239-219-5118;

Namba: That is town’s best sushi. That is all you should know. (8847 Tamiami Trail N.; 239-592-4992;

The Sauce Lady: Craving great Italian? Owner Ela Vivonetto’s carryout spot will make even discerning nonne comfortable. Most selections are portioned for 2, including hearty soups, pasta, chicken and beef entrees, in addition to her renowned lasagna selections — all affordable. There are just a few gluten-free and vegetarian offerings too. (9331 Tamiami Trail N.; 239-592-5557;

Whole Foods: The new buffet’s Indian selections are my favourite. Pro tip: Layer your box with yellow rice first, then channa masala, then chicken tikka meatballs (which they’ve not had on recent visits) or sliced dark-meat chicken. A word of caution: The masala will explode in your microwave if you happen to forget to cover the container’s top. I learned that the hard way, with a messy cleanup. It’s $12 per pound. (9101 Strada Place at Mercato; 239-552-5100;


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