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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

June 2011

06/21/11

Argentina marries Peru at El Gaucho Inca, savor the Middle East at Fabulous Pita and enjoy great wine pairings

Fort Myers: Argentina Meets Peru (with some Italy, too)  When Argentinean chef/owner Mariano Maldonado married Peruvian Rocio Navarrete, they paired the cuisines of their homelands, plus Italian, to create El Gaucho Inca. It's a homey spot with friendly knowledgeable staff at the former home of Artistic Deli in a strip shopping center a little more than a mile west of I-75 on Colonial Boulevard The Peruvian tamal ($5) is triple the size of Mexican tamales, with unique spicing—it’s enough for a meal for lighter eaters. Grilled skewered shrimp with chimichurri sauce are another great appetizer. Conchitas a la Parmesana ($12) are a savory appetizer—six scallops on the half shell luxuriate in a rich, oven-broiled Parmesan-cream sauce. Fish lovers go for the pescado...

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06/07/11

Hot Dish: Hot summer lunches and cool evening wine tastings

Delicious  Summer Lunch Specials at The Capital Grille The Capital Grille’s summer lunch special is a summertime hit, offering white tablecloth service and a variety of light three-course combos for only $18.  Each can be promptly served within 15 minutes—perfect timing for those who can’t afford to spend two hours on lunch. Friends and I ordered some combos and found each portion is enough for two. It’s easy—choose a soup or salad, a sandwich main course and a large side. The roasted corn bisque and the clam chowder vie for my favorite comfort food, each rich with taste and creamy warmth. The mini tenderloin’s two generous portions of tasty filet mignon with a Boursin mushroom blend and herbed cream cheese on brioche buns is my favorite. The lobster roll’s abundance...

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