Dolphin Tiki in the News


In 1981, when honeymooners Sue and Rick Kralik first came to Marco Island, the island had fewer than 5,000 residents. Nevertheless, the Pennsylvania residents fell in love with Marco and vowed to someday get back.

As with many best-laid plans, “someday” turned into 34 years. They often vacationed on Marco, but “We couldn’t convince our kids to leave friends or schools to make the move permanent,” says Rick.

Back and forth they travelled, until 2002 when they built a house in Naples. “We had every intention of moving to Marco Island,” adds Sue. “But again, we couldn’t get the kids to make the move.”

One evening in 2012, speaking with Charlie Wilde, Dolphin Tiki’s original owner, the Kraliks mentioned their interest in buying the place.

“We were set to buy,” says Rick. “But I wasn’t ready to retire.”

So back to Pennsylvania they went. Sometime later, Wilde sold Dolphin Tiki. But when the Kraliks came back, they noticed a “For Sale” sign posted. Immediately they made an offer, and closed in April 2015. Third time’s a charm!

Relax at the bar, where every seat faces the water. Listen to “island style” music, sip a tropical frozen drink, and enjoy spectacular views of the Marco River. On the menu: fresh grouper, shrimp and fish tacos, a jumbo lump crab stack, nachos, ribeye steak sandwich, chicken and beef cheesesteaks, sushi, sandwiches and wraps, salads, fresh seafood, chicken baskets, and more.

Wednesday’s special is a 1¼-pound Maine lobster (shipped live) with corn on the cob and roasted red potatoes. Saturday’s special is prime rib. Head Chef Paco and Chef Neftali, with Dolphin Tiki for a combined 24 years, offer a variety of daily specials.

The Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, 1021 Anglers Cove, is open everyday for lunch and dinner, 11 AM-10 PM (kitchen closes at 9 PM), daily Happy Hour 3-6 PM (30% off drinks).

From Naples via Collier Boulevard, make a right onto Barfield Drive, turn right into Anglers Cove Condominiums (before Bald Eagle Drive), park in the open air spaces, and all paths lead to the water, and Dolphin Tiki! Phone: 239-394-4048.

Cherie Logan – Coastal Breeze News – April 1, 2015

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