My husband and I recently had the pleasure of being guests at The Local here in Naples.
The restaurant is cozy, intimate, and very inviting. The staff, owner and Chef Jeff Mitchell went out of their way to ensure that we had a wonderful experience.
The mission at The Local is to produce high quality meals by sourcing all their food products from “local ranchers, farmers, sea mongers and artisans with integrity, favor and soul.” YES! This is definitely a mission I can stand behind. This means that the menu changes according to the produce and products that were delivered.
As a small business owner, I love supporting other local small businesses. And as a gluten free, dairy free, nutritionist, I am always on the look out for the best (allergen friendly) places to dine out … and I can tell you this is a new favorite! The Local has so many gluten free, vegan and vegetarian options available. The staff and Chef Jeff are also very accommodating and aware of food allergies, and will help to advise you on which choices would be best (ie: no cross contamination).
Let’s talk about the meal … to date our absolute favorite meal in Florida …
My husband and I started with the house-made ricotta cheese caprese salad (homemade ricotta!!) and the vegan Korean lettuce cups. Theses were definitely two of our favorite items of the evenings, and a must for our next visit!
We then shared the shrimp, mango and avocado salad … my three favorite things! Clearly this was a winner, and a super healthy option! This salad is packed with protein, healthy fats, and greens!!
Next we shared the shrimp zucchini pasta with a coconut cream sauce, pretty much made my gluten free dairy free dreams come true! The spices and the shrimp were delicious. The amount of flavor developed in this dish was so delectable, that it kept me going back for more.
My husband tried the mushroom lovers pizza (gluten free crusts are available) … this is the most popular pizza at The Local, and my husband loved it! His favorite part was the house-made sourdough crust.
I finished with the keto steak, with kale and roasted cauliflower as my sides. I rarely eat red meat, my body simply does not crave meat, but I have to say this steak was the best I have ever had! (not paid to say that, it honestly was the best!!)
What I love most about this restaurant is that they try to get everything from local and organic sources. They can actually tell you where your steak came from and where the kale was grown. I’m obsessed!!
To finish off our dinner, we shared a gluten free carrot cake cupcake!! Dying, it was so rich … my husband could not believe it was gluten free.
Yes, this is a sponsored post but all opinions are my own (with my husband’s help, he’s my number 1 taste tester!) and I would never advocate for a business that I did not fully support.
This restaurant experience was amazing!!
The Local is a must for your next date night, girls lunch out, or even happy hour!