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Inside the Gulfshore's Dining Scene


Hot Dish: Dec. 23, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.     The Capital Grille’s Coconut Crème Pie is Just Ducky   Don’t miss Dessert with a Duck at The Capital Grille from Jan. 1 through Feb. 27. With each purchase of a $10 coconut crème pie, you will receive adoption papers for your own serial-numbered rubber duck to be entered in the Great Venetian Duck Race.  The Capital Grille's Coconut Creme Pie. Then on Feb. 27, 10,000 rubber ducks will be dropped in the bay at The Village on Venetian Bay. Some lucky ducks will win thousands of dollars in fabulous prizes to support the Children’s Museum of Naples. To adopt a duck now, visit The 2009 race raised $87,000, and the 2010 goal is $150,000! The Capital Grille, 9005 Mercato Drive, Naples, 254-0640,...

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Hot Dish: Dec. 9, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   Explore the Locals’ Secret Dining Spot   V & J Bistro is Fort Myers Beach’s home away from home for me. I’m on a “staycation” as soon as I go past Lover’s Key, cross the last bridge and drive past the condos and mom-and-pop restaurants. This bistro is a local’s secret dining spot, intimate and casual. The service and food quality is better than most spots in Fort Myers. The co-owners serve lunch and dinner; Rachael Johnston covers the “front of the house,” and Executive Chef James Buis creates delicious entrees at very friendly price points.   V&J Bistro lamb shank. Rachael can be very busy serving a full house, and her energy and efficiency never waver. Lunch features grouper sandwich and fries ($8), grilled John...

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Hot Dish: Nov. 24, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.     Downtown Naples Fall World Wine Tour   The Annual Naples Fall World Wine Tour sold out quickly as almost 20 restaurants on—or just off—Fifth Avenue South, participated last Thursday evening. A $40 ticket covered appetizers and a choice of red or white wine at each restaurant.  Truluck's fried chicken fingers Truluck’s offered tasty fried chicken breast fingers and fried rice and crab balls; the Jolly Cricket rolled out tasty Scotch eggs, as “Doc” entertained at the piano. Ristorante D-Angeli had a generous spread of pastas gnocchi, bruschetta and canapés, with their violinist serenading eventgoers.  "Doc" at the Jolly Cricket   Fifth Avenue Coffee’s rich paninis were a hit. Olio’s Executive Chef Scott...

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Hot Dish: Nov. 11, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.     Nirvana Fusion Brings Unique Indian Food to Fort Myers   Nirvana Indian Fusion Cuisine opened at the prior site of The New Metropolitan Restaurant on College Parkway in Fort Myers. In well-separated areas, it has an elegantly simple dining room, a beautiful wood bar and lounge, outdoor live entertainment and a banquet area.  Nirvana Indian Fusian Cuisine. The food is a welcome addition to Southwest Florida. The chef cooks with a slight Madras style, and spiciness is adjusted to your comfort level. I enjoyed the Butter Chicken ($12), with tender breast meat cooked in garam masala and a tomato sauce. The Thai-inspired Massaman Curry ($12) blends curry spices with peanut sauce. Our special crumbled sweet laddu over ice cream is...

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Hot Dish: Oct. 28, 2009

Inside the Gulfshore’s Dining Scene.   Have a jolly good time on Naples’ Five Avenue South   Jane Wood’s The Jolly Cricket—Jane’s Gastropub has opened on Naples’ Fifth Avenue South, with an all-new warm, casually elegant setting at the former site of Trilogy and Zoe’s. It serves a higher quality of food at reasonable prices—not a single item is more than $30.  The Jolly Cricket--Jane's Gastropub in Naples. Why start a restaurant in this economy? “I wanted a happy place, where people can come in the early evening with kids, and come later on as well, and it’s still fun,” Jane says. “I wanted to make it so people can afford to come here twice a week.” The fare includes several soups—five-onion, creamy baked potato and my favorite,...

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