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Brook’s Gourmet Burgers & Dogs

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Naples, Florida is a very affluent city. You expect to see lots of high-end shops and expensive restaurants on every street. And mostly you do. But there are a few small places where you can dress very casually and enjoy a burger and a beer. One such place is Brook’s Gourmet Burgers & Dogs.

InteriorWhen Todd Brooks moved his family to Naples from Kansas City he was looking for a location for his new restaurant that was small and personal, a place where he could get to know his customers. He found that in Lindburgers, a Naples landmark restaurant for over 25 years. Brooks renovated the building a bit, created a menu of 20 unique burger and hot dog options, and Brook’s Gourmet Burgers & Dogs was born.

The menu includes all beef hot dogs, Black Angus beef burgers, as well as turkey, bison and chicken burgers. With unusual combinations like Todd’s Way – bacon, three cheeses and a fried Western Burgeregg; Greek – onion, feta cheese, kalamata olives, green peppers and Greek dressing; Farm – barbecued pulled pork, fried egg and cheddar cheese; and the Reuben Burger, which is a Reuben on a burger, of course, you’re sure to find something to your liking.

I’ve read that the menu used to include a Twice Baked Potato Burger and The Donut Burger where two glazed donuts replace the bun. Yikes! Those two weren’t on the menu when I was there. I tried the Western Burger – onion ring, cheddar cheese, bacon and barbeque sauce. Delicious and overwhelming!

The portions were huge and the prices reflect that. The service was exceptional, very friendly staff.

Dates of Visit:  January 2013

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Frank and Nic’s West End Grille

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While on my business trip to Baltimore, my colleague and I were looking for a place for lunch.  Frank and Nic’s was on the list of recommended restaurants from our hotel and it was within walking distance.

Frank and Nic’s West End Grille isn’t your regular sports bar.  It may be right next to the Baltimore Oriole’s stadium, but this casual restaurant has more to offer than beer and burgers.  ITurkey Pot Roast Sandwich tried something different: the turkey pot roast sandwich. It was piled high with meat, potatoes and bacon.  Yeah, it’ll kill ya, but it was very yummy.

If that’s not for you, Frank and Nic’s has quite a varied menu.  It includes grilled chicken sandwiches, pulled pork, Philly cheesesteak, short ribs, salmon, crab cakes, steaks, as well as vegetarian options and, of course, several types of burgers.

We didn’t have any alcoholic beverages at lunch, but they have a lot of fun drinks including a white chocolate martini, West End Margarita, Mojito, the Zenith Martini, the Camden Crush and something called The Skurble.

Being located so close to the stadium, I can imagine Frank and Nic’s must get really busy before and after baseball games. So, you may want to try it in the off-season.

Dates of Visit:  October 2012

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