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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene

September 2008


Hot Dish: Sept. 24, 2008

Wicked Fare Comes to Fort Myers…“Deep Sea” Dining in Naples…Economy Kills Kona   The Capital Grille Offers Intimate Setting, Group Portions   Southwest Florida’s first The Capital Grille opened for dinner on Monday. Well known in many U.S. cities for serving fine steaks aged on premises and fresh seafood, the Grille complements these with a selection of nearly 400 select wines with Philip Holcombe, affable sommelier and manager, readily available.   The 276-seat restaurant gives a warm, intimate feeling, much like being in an elegant 1890s private club, with subtle lighting to accent brass, etched glass and red mahogany paneling set off by oil paintings and fine taxidermy. The bar seats 32, yet seems smaller with its narrow, conversation-friendly aisle. The...

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Hot Dish: September 10, 2008

Breaking Bread at Whole Foods…Trifecta of Steak…Wine Dinner on Third   Whole Foods Market Opens in Naples   Whole Foods Market celebrated its first Naples store’s grand openingat 9 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5 in the Mercato complex on U.S. 41 at Vanderbilt Beach Road. I lined up with hundreds of others to get the first peek at the culinary cornucopia, and we got hunks of fresh bread and a recycled bag as “bragging rights” for our effort! Whole Foods Market This unique, 52,000-square-foot store—with individual departments that manage to feel “people-sized”—is raising the bar for other grocery stores on service and selection. I liked an Indian-style hot food creation at one stand and the pulled pork and chicken wings at another stand. There were tiny cups of...

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