Best Bite


Best Bite: Deconstructed Onion Soup at Cork and Barrel

 

Whoever on the Iberian Peninsula invented tapas, an ingenious tradition of ordering bites to share, deserves an award from the food cognoscenti. It has become a global trend, with “small plates” conquering our shores. Most restaurants only dip their toes in, offering a few in addition to a list of entrées. At Cork and Barrel, which debuted last year, the menu is full-on like what you’d find in Spain, but the flavors move beyond—one bite you’re in Thailand, another Greece. Our favorite is the deconstructed onion soup, which makes such a proprietary dish shareable and beefs up the best parts. Caramelized onions tucked away in crunchy purse pockets swim in a rich broth, and Gruyere-baked crostini lie on top with more freshly shredded cheese. 15880 San Carlos Blvd., Fort Myers, 208-8889, corkandbarrelfortmyers.com