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Hot Dish: June 2012

Ford’s Garage is a magnet for folks looking for good, casual dining in downtown Fort Myers. Tables fill fast at this upscale 1920s garage setting with vintage Ford cars and a dark wood and brick décor. Start with a trio of fries—traditional hand-cut, sweet potato and truffle-laced. Enjoy pulled short rib mac ’n’ cheese, and then dig into a tender churrasco skirt steak. Choose from more than 125 beers. Order one of 16 celebrity burgers, or create your signature burger from a variety of meats, sauces, cheeses and buns. A crew of mechanics couldn’t finish The Big Red’s 10 pounds of beef. Choose Mom’s rum cake, a bananas Foster shake or a classic hot apple pie before driving off into the sunset. 2207 First St., Fort Myers, 332-3673, fordsgaragefl.com.

What do you get when a Thai woman marries a Peruvian chef? Komoon Thai & Ceviche—a great spot for authentic Thai, Peruvian and Japanese dishes. Savor papa a la huancaina, causa rellena, Thai spring rolls and colorful sushi appetizers. Treat yourself to a refreshing ceviche mixto’s lime-laced shrimp, fish and calamari or the jalea combo, with added lightly fried seafood. I enjoyed the Thai curries, crispy duck and the Beauty and the Beast roll. Friends made quick work of the garlic sautéed whole lobster and the crispy whole snapper. 1575 Pine Ridge Road in Mission Square, Naples, 596-9991, komoonthai.com.

The scent of baked croissants leads you into a microcosm of France at Grain de Café. Freshly baked pastries emerge from seasoned ovens and are quickly consumed by appreciative customers. The long, intimate café welcomes you to a cozy world of French cuisine, music and culture. Enjoy light madeleines, baguettes, brioche and financiers. Be sure to try the signature fruit tarts and apple bread pudding. Lunch on croque monsieur’s béchamel and melted Swiss goodness, quiches, soups or salads. 8803 Tamiami Trail N., Naples, 594-8081.

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