|Eggs Diablo with wasabi, crab and shrimp|
I have so many place to talk about but lets keep it simple here and start with two that I've been to several times and have had nothing but good experiences.
Cork Soakers in Cape Coral is on the ever evolving strip of 47th Terrace and it is managed by two well known restauranteurs in the area; Jeff Gately and Ralph Centalonza (two of the former owners of The Joint at Cape Harbour.)
The menu is highlighted by low end comfort foods with a high end twist. Take for example the signature deviled eggs with wasabi. Every day they include a little something different, from bacon to a crab salad topping and smelt roe. They are addicting to say the least.
The cheddar and bacon biscuits are another signature item then there are cheeky things like a fried bologna sandwich or a classic grilled cheese with tomato soup.
|Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup|
I had a spectacular pork belly risotto, creamy and delicious and the tacos of the day are always a treat. Most of the dining here is alfresco, with an atmosphere that is casual and inviting.
|Taco of the day: pulled pork|
For those who love a hearty Italian meal, check out the new Osteria Celli in Fort Myers. Located in an obscure corner of a Publix Shopping Center on the corner of Summerlin and Winkler. This is where you'll find Chef Marco Corricelli.
He makes his pasta from scratch and it is cooked beautifully. I've had it with lamb and in the heartwarming, Italian favorite; pasta fagioli.
Perhaps one of the nicest surprises to me is what chef does with octopus. On the right, you will see it grilled, over kale and garbanzo beans. The meat is tender, with a perfect char and made me feel like I was eating healtfully. The calamari is NOT breads and comes over julienned vegetables, again, cooked with great care.
The bruschetta came loaded with fresh tomatoes and basil, the bread had a nice crunch on the crust and soft in the middle. The brussels sprouts are the bomb; simply grilled with salt, pepper and speck.
|Brussel sprouts with speck|
Both of these restaurants can get a bit loud, something Chef Marco says he will work on....after season.
Enjoy these new additions to the culinary scene in Fort Myers and Cape Coral.
There's more to come! Cheers!