Cape Cuisine: Bon Appetit!

17 Aug

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I recently enjoyed a few tasty dishes at various downtown Cape restaurants and wanted to share with all the other foodies - folks like me who love to eat!

Thanks to 36 Restaurant & Bar, Gabriel's Food & Wine, Port Cape Girardeau and Bella Italia - keep creating deliciousness.

I love scallops and will probably order them if they are on the menu.  36 Restaurant & Bar has a pan-seared scallop appetizer that I highly recommend.  The scallops were seared on point and resting on a bed of succotash that included fresh corn, green beans, and zucchini.  But it was the tomato coulis that elevated this dish to a five star appetizer.  Ask my server as I couldn't stop complimenting on how delicious it tasted with the scallops.  An appetizing meal starter or double the order and make it an entree.

The Tomahawk Pork Chop at 36 Restaurant & Bar is grilled to the perfect tenderness and topped with a maple apple gastrique - complimentary and not too sweet.  But the star of this dish is the bacon and poblano creamed kale which I wanted more of - definitely stole the limelight from the delicious chop.  Also, big KUDOS to 36 for buying produce for their dishes from the Cape Riverfront Market!

 As soon as I took a bite of the pulled pork sandwich at Port Cape Girardeau, I knew that a lot of care, and slow cooking, went into creating this tender and flavorful pork.  I tried both BBQ sauces offered and preferred the vinegar based sauce over the tangy tomato. (I'm still trying to find a BBQ joint in Cape that offers a mustard based sauce).   I chose Texas Toast for the bread - it holds up and absorbs the sauce better.  Next time I get a craving for good BBQ, Port Cape will be on my radar.

The Pear Salad at Gabriel's Food & Wine is the perfect dish for a hot summer day.  Fresh organic medley greens, earthy red cabbage, sweet pear slices, creamy goat cheese, toasted walnuts and a white balsamic vinaigrette - I mean look at it.  A refreshing and cool start to an Italian meal - or any meal for that matter.

Fresh fettuccine tossed in a lobster bisque sauce with heirloom cherry tomatoes alone says delicious.  Add a Maine lobster tail and you are in food heaven.  The chef at Gabriel's Food & Wine deserves a standing ovation for this treat.  It is pricey, but if you are celebrating or just wanting to treat yourself - this is that special dish!

I had dinner at a downtown Cape restaurant, but really didn't want the desserts they were offering.  So I wandered over to Bella Italia to check out their dessert menu - and I'm glad I did.  I had a delicious piece of chocolate cake with a glass of full-bodied cabernet with its savory fruit flavors.  My last call with red wine and chocolate - what a finish.

 Bon Appetit in downtown Cape!

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” - Virginia Woolf

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