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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Dinner at Alto Live Jazz Kitchen (Closed)


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is a restaurant/jazz club located in Bayfront, a mixed use commercial/residential development in Naples, FL.

They have a very nice bar

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and restaurant area where they were setting up the stage for the evening's show.

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My dining companions (DC1 and DC2) and I shared a number of items from the Menu.

DC1 ordered the Alto Burger.

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A generous-sized hamburger was topped with Aged Cheddar, fried egg, tomatoes, red onion, Bibb Lettuce and fries. Love the green tomato here, a great touch.

DC2 ordered a couple of starters which we all tried.  The Tuna Cocktail was the first thing ordered.

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Cubed Yellowfin Tuna was topped with chili lime soy and Cilantro Microgreens,  surrounded by Wasabi and served with fried Wonton Skins. Light but delicious.

DC2 also ordered the Charcuterie and cheese plate.

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Pickled vegetables were served with apple slices, Candied Walnuts, Mortadella, Prosciutto, Soppressata, mango/ginger Chutney and Manchego, Gruyere and a Triple Cream Brie  cheese. Really, really good.

We finished up the meal with an Alto Chocolate Trio.

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A Flourless Chocloate Torte was paired with a dark chocolate Mousse and white chocolate ice cream served atop ground Graham Crackers. I do not have much of a sweet tooth but liked what I sampled.


While we ate, we were treated to the first set by the Rebecca Richardson Trio,

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good music that made the meal all the more pleasant. To top it all off, for the next month or so everything served at the restaurant (bar only) is 50% off from 4-7 P.M., a great value.

I would like to thank Chef Mereday for his unexpected largess by providing our meal gratis that evening.

Although I liked the food at the Original Mereday's a bit more, I would definitely come back for happy hour and more good music.


Alto Live Jazz Kitchen
492 Bayfront Place
Naples, FL 34102
(239)261-2586

Alto on Urbanspoon

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Naples Originals Gift Certificates

Naples Originals is a consortium of about 50 member restaurants. Every quarter, they offer Gift Certificates from their member restaurants at 30% off.  Here is the link. Be sure to get there about 6 A.M. on 9.18.2014. Bon Appetite!



Cheers,

Peter

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

6 Mile Cypress Slough Preserve and Lunch at The Amazon Grill


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is a 3400 acre area of Wetland maintained by and located in Lee County, FL. What is a Slough (pronounced "slew") one may ask? It is an ecological term meaning swamp or backwater which is just what this area is. There is a boardwalk running through the preserve

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that Winds around the area for about 1 and 1/2 miles. For those wanting to get away from it all but only wanting a small taste of nature, this place is for you. There are a number of scenic lookouts on the boardwalk


in addition to some interesting plant life.



There were even some baby alligators just off the boardwalk to be seen that day.

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After a walk through the preserve, my dining companion (DC) and I worked up an appetite.

 DC really wanted to try The Amazon Grill

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which is located in The Palm Point Plaza in Fort Myers, FL.

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They serve, purportedly, Brazilian Cuisine buffet style and it's all you can eat. Their dining area is simple, but commodious.

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They have a number of buffet stations. Fruits, salads and vegetables were at the first station.

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Yuca, Pinto Beans, Black Beans, Chicharron, lasagne, french fries, yellow and white rice were on another.

Rice PilafChicken Stroganoff, beef with onions, roast pork and a sort of Stewed Chicken dish were served on the third buffet station.

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All of this was completely unremarkable and at best, Brazilian-inspired.

The saving grace of this meal was the Churrasco, or grilled meats.


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There was all kinds of barbecue here. Beef Brisket, chicken, Spare Ribs, sausage, Morcilla (one of my favorites),



and chicken hearts.

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This was the first time I had ever tried these. As I was tasting the grilled chicken hearts, I felt as if I was a Doppelganger of Andrew Zimmern. Not bad but prefer other Offal.

There are also a number of condiments for your barbecue.



If you are a true Obligate Carnivore, or even a partial one, you will love this buffet as it's all you can eat meat. Would I come back? Perhaps one day but for the past week, it's been fish and chicken.

That's all for another post on Forks.

Six Mile Cypress Slough Preserve
7791 Penzance Crossing, Fort Myers, FL 33966
(239)533-7550

Amazon Grill
11609 S Cleveland Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33907
(239) 939-0993


Amazon Grill on Urbanspoon