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Hot Dish

Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

August 2009


Hot Dish: Aug. 26, 2009

Hot Dish Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   A Star is Born!   Inca’s Kitchen serves some of the best cuisine in Southwest Florida, and it’s on my—and quite a few others’—lists of “Top 10 restaurants.” The food is Peruvian and an exquisite mix of Asian, Italian, Spanish and French cooking.  Inca's Kitchen Chef Rafael Rottiers and wife Blanca. Chef/Co-owner Rafael Rottiers serves some of the tastiest seafood and steaks in town. I flipped over Inca’s Wari fish ($16), an ambrosia-like grilled fish with mango salsa.   Inca's Kitchen's Wari fish. The Peruvian ceviche ($12) is tops, a full-size portion of fish, calamari and shrimp. The lomo saltado and other steaks are a match for any steakhouse. Inca's Kitchen's sampler featuring grilled...

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Hot Dish: Aug. 12, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   Naples’ Blue Martini Is an Instant Hit   Blue Martini at Mercato in Naples has been packed with more than 250 guests almost every night since opening, offering pretty martinis and light food to savor. Walking by the open bar in front, you’d think it’s been the center of Naples’ night life for years. Blue Martini at Mercato in Naples   It’s a long, lean, attractive club, luring patrons in their 20s through their 80s for its Happy Hour, narrowing to mostly 20s and 30s later in the evening. Two main indoor bars are busy, and the large outdoor bar is just right for short-sleeve weather. Food is primarily flatbreads, bruschetta ($8), a fruit-and-cheese plate ($14), seared tuna ($14), steak sandwich ($14) and a lobster taco...

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