‘Watts for Dinner’: Auditioning Ben Allen’s Backyard Grill & Pub

‘Watts for Dinner’: Auditioning Ben Allen’s Backyard Grill & Pub

Our next dining destination is the newly opened Ben Allen’s Backyard Grill & Pub in Freedom Square, Naples (formerly Brook’s Burgers and still with a vast burger menu).

The restaurant was renamed for the Estero musician who competed on NBC’s “The Voice” last year and is a partnership with Todd Brooks of the Naples-based Brooks Burgers chain. Allen has performed multiple times over the years on Marco Island and in Everglades City. He also performed at the restaurant’s recent two-day grand opening.  

On to the food. Things got off to an appetizing start with the “Cowboy Nachos” ($13.99) and the “Shrimp and Lobster Fritters” ($10.99).

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The nachos come with chopped barbecue beef, candied jalapenos, grilled corn, black beans, green onions, tomatoes and “Nashville Ranch.” It comes with a side of melted gouda. We made one small change, we swapped out the chopped beef for shrimp for a slight upcharge ($6).

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