Leaning on his background in Mediterranean, Italian and American cuisines, Lani has assembled a fun menu of S’s: snacks and shareable selections, small sammies and entrees, salads, sides and sweets.
Main plates include the fish of the day at market price, prepared either blackened with mango salsa, pan-seared with lemon beurre blanc, tortilla-crusted with chimichurri and salsa, or beer-battered. Other entrée options, each $10.50, include angel hair pasta with chorizo, broth and clams; and seafood mac and cheese baked with crab, lobster, baby shrimp and a crunchy jalapeno crust.
“We have local captains bringing in our fish,” Lani said. “We move a lot of seafood and ribs.”
Don’t let the venue’s name make you think Catch 41 is all about seafood. Landlubbers will find options such as cherrywood smoked baby back ribs with a rum barbecue sauce ($13.50), grilled jerk chicken and waffles ($12.50), and chorizo Bolognese with poblano ricotta over pappardelle pasta ($12.50).
Sandwiches range from three Angus beef or chicken sliders on Hawaiian rolls for $9.50 to two mini Maine lobster rolls for $19.50. Snacks start at $9.50 for ahi tuna poke nachos, a half-dozen grilled wings or three bao bun tacos.
Other snack options range from shrimp or chorizo empanadas ($10.50) to Maryland-style mini crab cakes ($17.50). Selections include Old Florida smoked fish dip, assorted deviled eggs, fried burrata with grilled garlic bread, cracked conch fritters and Granny’s meatballs and gravy.
Besides hand-cut fries, notable sides ($4.50 to $6.50) are sweet potato tots with marshmallow fluff and maple ketchup, Mexican street corn cut off the cob, chili garlic cole slaw, roasted cauliflower with garlic and Parmesan, and sautéed green beans with soy and garlic butter.
Sweets ($5.50 to $8.50) include stout beer milk chocolate pudding with beer cream, Belgian waffle and ice cream with whipped cream, and a PB&J parfait with chocolate mousse, Nilla wafers and marshmallow fluff.
An equally entertaining drink menu backs up the food choices. Catch 41 offers creative specialty drinks, martinis, margaritas, mojitos and beer cocktails, as well as wine and beer.
The poolside restaurant and bar opened Jan. 16 in the former longtime space of Pate’s Steakhouse & Pub. It had most recently been Jimmy’s Bait-N-Tackle Pub and Pompano Bar & Grill. A ribbon-cutting is planned Feb. 22, with grand opening activities from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Catch 41, 1100 U.S. 41 N., is open 11 a.m. to midnight Sundays through Thursdays and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Live music is scheduled Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays." - Tim Aten of Naples Daily News
Catch 41 doesn’t look vastly different from its predecessor, Jimmy’s. Loads of black and white fishing and vacation photos still line the walls as you walk in, and the turquoise walls of the bar and dining room are still draped with nets, shells and other marine kitsch.
But it seems as if a wall has been removed between the bar and dining room and some booths have been eliminated to make a small area for a band. On the Saturday night of our visit, the group Rock Solid was in the house and doing a fine job of delivering just-loudenough renditions of songs by John Mellencamp, the Doobie Brothers, Eric Clapton and others.
Meanwhile, a good-sized service staff was deployed around the room, attending to an equally good-sized crowd intent on enjoying themselves.
Everything that came out of the kitchen and passed by our table looked terrific. I didn’t order the Angus sliders, but quite a few other customers did and they looked fabulous: thick mini burgers tucked into Hawaiian rolls with grilled onion, lettuce, tomato, bacon, American cheese, Thousand Island dressing and pickles.
Pretty much everything on the menu is scaled down so you don’t feel guilty ordering a number of items — well, we didn’t anyway. The menu also features lots of locally caught fish and other local items, which you might not expect in a place like this. Ditto for the housemade infused cocktails.
First up: cucumber mojitos ($9.50) — mmmmm! These melded cucumber vodka, simple syrup, seltzer, lime, mint and fresh cucumber into a refreshing beverage that was delicious on its own and went just fine with our starters.
The first consisted of three perfect Maryland style mini crab cakes, each dabbed with a bit of remoulade, topped with a little edible flower and served atop a bed of grilled Mexican street corn and chunks of cotija, a firm white cheese.
Catch 41 offers three types of bao bun tacos ($9.50), which resemble the buns you get with Peking duck. There’s a choice of three varieties, and I chose one of each. I tried the crispy pork belly with charred jalapenos, mango, bourbon glaze and garlicky mayo first. It was a little messy, but the flavors and textures worked well together. The blackened shrimp with kim chee slaw and teriyaki glaze was equally messy and tasty. I think my favorite was the wild mushrooms with hoisin, onion and cucumber. The mushrooms were the stars of this little bun/taco and they were exceptionally rich, the condiments served to enhance their flavor.
My companion opted for the nightly special — red grouper — served as sliders ($16.50). The other option is to have it cooked and served on a plate. The pieces of fish were flavorful but on the small side and got a bit lost amidst the lettuce, tomato, red onion and tartar sauce on them.
The pair of mini hot butter poached cold water lobster rolls ($19.50) started with classic hot dog rolls stuffed with lobster that was topped with garlic buerre blanc and a sprinkling of smoked paprika. I’d have preferred larger chunks of lobster and a bit less sauce so the combination wasn’t so rich, but one was plenty to satisfy me after the appetizer.
We each ordered a side as well. My companion was happy with his crisp hand-cut fries ($4.50) and I loved my personal skillet of roasted cauliflower with garlic and Parmesan ($5.50).
For dessert, we tried the stout beer milk chocolate pudding with beer cream ($6.50). A distinct beer flavor dominated the pudding, which is fine if you like beer. It’s not my favorite thing, so I probably should have tried something else. Nonetheless, it had vanilla wafers throughout and lots of whipped cream along with fresh strawberries and blueberries, making for a dessert substantial enough to share.
Service was excellent throughout the meal. Our server, Molly, was busy but managed to keep an eye on us throughout our meal. So did a manager who checked to see how we liked each course. An expediter delivered dishes so they didn’t get cold sitting in the kitchen waiting to be served.
If this place doesn’t make it here, nothing will. It’s a great catch — and that’s not a fish story." - Karen Feldman of Florida Weekly