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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

July 2009

07/29/09

Hot Dish: July 29, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene. Dine with Dolphins at Flippers on the Bay Flippers on the Bay has long been a tropical oasis for boaters, who glide right onto its sandy beach, as well as for those who arrive by car and bicycle.  Boaters head back into the bay after dining at Flippers. This palm-shaded, poolside paradise, at Lovers Key Resort on Fort Myers Beach, could be a setting for Jimmy Buffet’s Cheeseburger in Paradise! Beach your boat or park your car and come upstairs. Yep, it has a roof and a wooden deck, but its sides are wide open to the cooling breezes, stunning sunsets and curious birds. The view is relaxing, stretching across the expanse of the open bay. When I visited last week, five dolphins lazily swam by and pelicans dove for dinner.  ...

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07/15/09

Hot Dish: July 15, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   Popular Two Brothers Relocates to Naples   Two Brothers Baci Italian Restaurant is one of the best in Southwest Florida. Formerly known as AA Two Brothers Pizzeria & Italian Cuisine, it was named a Gulfshore Life Best of the Gulfshore Best-Kept Secret in 2008 before relocating from Bay Crossings in Bonita Springs and tweaking its name. Two Brothers specializes in fresh Brooklyn-style cuisine—even the sauces are made on the spot. This is a warm, friendly neighborhood treasure, with brothers Bob and Sal Lanzieri always on site.  Two Brothers Baci Italian Restaurant owners Bob and Sal Lanzieri   The food is very, very good! My favorites are the zuppa di pesce ($24) with lots of fresh, tender shrimp, mussels, clams and calamari...

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07/08/09

Hot Dish: July 8, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   Beat the Heat with Great Meal Deals   Many restaurants are feeling the pinch of the typical slower summer mixed with a tight economy. Owners are reluctant to share figures, but the general buzz is this past season was down 15 to 25 percent. What’s bad news for them is good news for diners in search of a great deal, as many restaurants are offering big discounts on food and drink to lure new customers, maintain regulars and keep servers’ tips up. I could fill this column for months just listing specials such as Naples Originals’ 30 percent discounts at more than 35 locally owned restaurants (www.naplesoriginals.com). And check out some of the other great deals I found along the Gulfshore:   —Naples’ Miramare, with one of...

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