Ring in the New Year at Yabba Island Grill
November 14, 2022
Brilliant prix fixe three-course menu, midnight champagne toast and free live entertainment by Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys
Naples, FL: (November 14, 2022) . . . Ring in the New Year with a memorable meal at Yabba Island Grill restaurant at 711 5th Avenue South in Naples and enjoy free entertainment on New Year’s Eve with well-known blues band Big Buck and The Biscuit Boys performing live from 9 pm – 12:30 am.
Yabba is now accepting reservations for its 2023 celebratory three-course prix fixe menu with a champagne toast for $125 per person (does not include tax or gratuity) for Saturday, December 31.
Yabba (which means everything is cool in Jamaican slang) is the “middle child” of Culinary Concepts restaurant group owner and founder Skip Quillen’s five restaurants that include Chops City Grill and Pazzo! Cucina Italiana also on 5th Avenue South, Chops City Grill in Bonita Springs and The Saloon at the Coconut Point Shopping Center in Estero.
Yabba’s culinary excellence is led by corporate chef Chris Metzler, a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America and a 22-year Culinary Concepts veteran. 2023 NYE diners may choose one of six starters such as crab, shrimp and corn chowder, jumbo blue crabcake with citrus mustard sauce, Gulf shrimp cocktail, Maine lobster bomb, veggie egg rolls, organic kale Caesar salad, traditional Wedge salad and spicy tuna served with Yabba’s signature yum yum sauce
Main course selections include a 10 oz. center cut filet, crispy crab-stuffed grouper, Rasta Pasta — the 22-year-old customer favorite recipe from Yabba’s original menu with shrimp, littleneck clams, mussels and king crab in a white wine, sun dried and fresh tomatoes, hearts of artichoke and sweet basil sauce served atop a light citrus angel hair pasta — Island Sky sea bass, sweet & spicy steak, blackened salmon, applewood grilled pork chop, 24 oz. Berkshire pork shank, grilled salmon salad and coconut shrimp. Grilled fresh catch of the day, mahi mahi or salmon, served with choice of six house made sauces (Jalapeño Pecan Butter, Chipotle Creamy Horseradish, Pineapple Togarashi, Mango Sweet & Sour, Avocado Jalepeño and Tomato Cilantro Salsa) and one of eight vegetable side dishes (Island vegetables, fresh broccoli, roasted sweet potato, sea salt baked potato, mashed potatoes, Truffle fries, Jasmine rice and French fries) is also available.
House made desserts include a four-inch-tall feather light coconut cream pie garnished with toasted coconut and whipped cream and a three-layer key lime pie with a graham cracker crust and fresh whipped cream.
Yabba also features throwback island original cocktails and tikis such as the YabbaRita, The Big Kahuna and an array of palomas and margaritas. Its value-driven drink program features 21 different glasses of wine by-the-glass starting at $9.50, and Yabba offers the largest craft beer and cocktail lists in Southwest Florida according to bar manager Kevin Scharff.
About the band: Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys
Big Buck and the Biscuit Boys is a five-piece band that plays an urban, funky blues style inspired by musicians Muddy Waters, Albert King and the J. Geils Band with signature standout songs including “The Conductor” by Guy LaForge and “Seventh Son” and “Biscuit Bakin’ Woman” by Willie Dixon.
Led by frontman vocalist and harmonica player Big Buck, a big commanding presence on the stage, blowing sizzling lines and keeping up a stream of jokes. Buck formed the band in 1993 and chose the “Biscuit Boys” tag as a homage to the old “King Biscuit Flower Hour” radio show. He grew up in Chappaqua, NY with a piano-playing father and a mother who was in the theatre. There was always music in the house,” he recalls. “A lot of Ray Charles, Stan Getz and Hank Crawford, who played with T-Bone Walker. I loved it all, but most of all I loved the blues.”
About Yabba Island Grill
Founded in 2000, Yabba Island Grill, located at 711 Fifth Avenue South in the heart of downtown Naples, presents an updated sophisticated décor and casual coastal vibe matching a menu of flavorful wet-aged steaks, seafood grills, fresh Florida stone crab claws and live lobster (in season) with a wide selection of craft cocktails and island originals. The 250-seat indoor-outdoor restaurant with its enormous wraparound bar offers front-row seats to Sugden Plaza activities and people watching. Open daily 4:30 pm for dinner. Call (239) 262-5787, yabbaislandgrill.com, https://www.facebook.com/yabbaisland, https://twitter.com/YabbaIsland, and www.instagram.com/yabbaislandgrill.