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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

October 2008


Hot Dish: Oct. 22, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene   New Restaurant Sets Itself “Apart” with Global Cuisine   A Table Apart has opened on Bonita Beach Road between U.S. 41 and the Gulf, serving up great-tasting, truly balanced global cuisine with Asian, French and Italian nuances. While creative Chef Jeff Acol works in the kitchen, wife Jessica minds the front of the house. It’s been a family venture from the beginning. Everyone pitched in to paint the walls a rich gold faux finish, choose the stained glass lamps, pick the gold cloth napkins and decide the menu. The setting is a pleasant blend, suitable for both casual lunches and upscale dinners. Chef Jeff Acol and wife Jessica at A Table Apart  Jeff trained with some of Hawaii’s cooking giants, and the proof is in the...

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Hot Dish: Oct. 15, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   Better than Ice Cream Yummy CCG, Bonita’s elegant coffee shop, serves a variety of gelatos, healthy crepes, and homemade pastries. (CCG stands for coffee, crepes and gelato, of course.) Alex and Mario Stranavsky teamed up with the Community Blood Center’s recent Blood Drive and Block Party, donating a free gelato or Nutella star crepe to blood donors. Alex Stranavsky prepares a crepe at Yummy CCG. “Latte artist” Alex serves a deliciously picture-perfect cappuccino. I had a light lunch: a warm chicken, cheese ’n salad crepe for $5.50, and hot espresso rimmed with lemon peel and topped with three beans—ask Alex the meaning! I finished with a warm homemade apple strudel ($3). A crepe and espresso at Yummy CCG. Try...

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Hot Dish: Oct. 8, 2008

Inside the Gulfshore’s dining scene.   Naples Welcomes Fine Waterfront Dining   M Waterfront Grille will celebrate its grand opening in Naples on Tuesday, with Chef Brian Roland, formerly of Fort Myers’ Crü, focusing this month on dinners, with lunches soon to follow. M Waterfront Grille Chef Brian Roland One of the top three chefs in Lee County, he has wowed me over the years with the beauty and quality of his culinary creations. They don’t break the bank either. He gives great taste at a good price—new dishes include baked Alaskan salmon, crowned with a Meyer lemon meringue, Yukon fritters, six-herb salad and almond brittle for $24, and braised pork tenderloin and sautéed succulent shrimp with a roasted garlic marsala wine sauce for $28. M Waterfront...

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