Our wallets needed a break on our last night in Marco Island and we really didn’t want to leave the hotel.  We ordered delivery from Vandy’s/Five Brother’s and we really think we’ve found the best delivery restaurant on Marco Island.

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We cheated a little and stopped into Vandy’s/Five Brother’s on the way to the hotel and picked up a takeout menu.  The inside is more like a dark sports bar with a large center bar area and booths with some TV’s for the game.  It’s not the most attractive place inside, which doesn’t make much difference to us when we planned on ordering delivery.  The person at the bar informed me that they were getting new take-out/delivery order menus printed, but she was able to find an old one for us.  The menu has all the comfort food staples like pizza, subs and all kinds of fried goodies.  The standout item we saw on the menu is Broasted Chicken! 

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Saturday evening came and we settled back at the room and called Vandy’s/Five Brothers to place our order.  The person taking our order was nice and polite and was very thorough explaining our options on each item.  She explained that Marriott is quite strict with deliveries and we would have to meet the guy downstairs.  No problem for us, since he was going to call when he was a few minutes away.  The estimated time given was between 45-60 minutes.

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We got the call from the delivery guy about 35 minutes later which was a lot quicker than we expected.  We paid with cash (we could have also paid by credit card) and the delivery guy was really nice.  Jeff texted me from the lobby and said the bag was really heavy and the food smelled great.  I think he was excited about the Broasted Chicken.

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We ordered a large Antipasto Salad along with a four piece Broasted Chicken dinner with veggies and potato (we chose fries) to split.  The salad was in a tin round container and was still cool to the touch and the rest came in the clamshell containers.  They even gave us some paper plates and plastic utensils which we had forgotten to ask for.  Great sign of a good delivery place.

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The Antipasto Salad was definitely a large size and everything looked amazingly fresh.  We really didn’t expect this salad to be so fresh and loaded with good quality stuff.  The cucumbers were the freshest we’ve had in a restaurant salad in quite a while.  The lettuce was crisp and didn’t have that ‘from a bad’ taste which makes us think they chopped it fresh.  The cold cuts and cheese were really large portions and good quality as well.  I’m a fan of roasted peppers and thought it was a great touch and the dressing was a light balsamic vinaigrette.  We will definitely get this salad on a future order.

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Now onto the Broasted Chicken.  What?  You don’t know what Broasted Chicken is?  Well, if you were from the mid-west (like Michigan) it would be very familiar.  ‘Broasting’ is a special method of cooking that involves pressure cooking and deep frying, which usually translates well with chicken. 

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It might sound like KFC, but it’s far from the Colonel’s method.  Broasting allows the chicken to stay very moist, even the white meat, while allowing the coating to be light and crisp.  It had an unmistakable flavor that anyone can pinpoint if you’ve ever tried it in the past. 

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Only a few places have it here South Florida and Vandy’s/Five Brother’s does a great job with their version.  The chicken was still so hot we almost burned our hands when we first started eating it and that was after we ate the salad.  The chicken was almost fall apart tender and the meat was very moist with a nice salty taste.  The crust was light which complimented the chicken nicely.  The taste brought me back to the Broasted Chicken we used to eat in Michigan growing up.  Good job Vandy’s.

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The price was very low compared to some of the hotel restaurants around and the delivery service was probably the best we’ve had.  The food seemed so fresh, almost as if it came right out of the kitchen which in our book, makes Vandy’s/Five Brother’s the best delivery restaurant in Marco Island.     

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Vandy’s/Five Brothers restaurant is located at 1089 N Collier Blvd Marco Island, Florida 34145 and they also deliver to all the hotels on Marco Island.

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About the Author

Jeff is the other half of the FTL Today team. A Floridian born & raised and University of Florida graduate, he spends his days as an insurance agent (yawn). The rest of the time, he says he’s our webmaster, but we don’t know exactly what he does. His previous experience includes advertising sales for Creative Loafing Newspaper (love that name).

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