Tommy Bahamas -- weeknight dinner: The twenty-minute promised wait stretched to fortyfive, but while Mom and her friend Barb window-shopped I planted myself alongside the counter looking into the open kitchen and had a great time watching John Fitzgerald (I think his embroidered whites said) peer at the printed orders and grab hot pans or pluck food from the grill to plate at an amazing and entertaining rate. Once we were seated outdoors, blessedly far enough away from the amplified singer-keyboardist, I knew I wanted that thick pork chop. Prices were high -- upper-twenties for most entrees, mid-thirties for steaks. The crab bisque was tasty but was served too luke-warm. My pork chop had a good char, as requested, and its wine reduction with pineapple(?) was delicious -- I asked for another ramekin to douse the rest of my large chop and the good potatoes. At $26, however, would have been nice to get some of their grilled jumbo asparagus spears or another vegie alongside. Our server, while nice, only made intermittent stops at our table and was impossible to flag down otherwise -- very hard to keep water and beverages filled, or even to get anyone's attention. This was bothersome enough that I informed the manager, who graciously thanked me for bringing it to her attention and proffered a gift certificate, nicely handling the problem.
Truluck's -- Sunday dinner: Nice setting and attentive service, reminded me of fine hotel dining. Mom loved her wedge salad (split) and stone crab claws. I enjoyed the crab and corn chowder. I felt almost pampered by the service, even though the very dignified gentleman at the next table was in shorts. Our group of five shared the "chocolate sack" dessert of very plentiful dark chocolate enclosing some cake squares, fruit, and whipped cream -- yummm and fun. The ambience seemed more suited to the prices.
Bonefish Grill (Ft.Myers) -- Saturday dinner: I liked this place. What impressed me the most is that I made a very specific order -- my fish grilled charred with a crust, but not overcooked, and the server communicated my request so the kitchen could turn it out -- not an easily accomplished task. Delicious salmon, and I liked both the butter/garlic/lemon and tomato/lime sauces that I asked for on the side. Prices are reasonable and with salad or chowder, a very good value. We shared a spicy mayo-y fried shrimp appetizer too and had to be rolled out even without dessert.
Miss Saigon -- Friday lunch: What a gracious hostess! A pleasure. We didn't order well but I liked the soft shrimp & cabbage spring roll appetizer with the peanut sauce with a zing. Bunch of workers at the outdoor table ordered pho which looked good. As did the grilled meat w/ rice plate another customer ordered.
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