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Review: Chops City Grill Naples * * * * *

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We had a fantastic dinner at Chops City Grill last night (5th Avenue, Naples). We had a reservation, and even though we were early and it was crowded, we got a table right away.

We were pleasantly surprised that Chops had several gewurtstraminers on the wine menu, because we just discovered this wine two weeks ago at Tim's Wine Market in Orlando. We ordered the Columbia Valley, which was excellent (I first thought I was ordering Columbia Winery, which is a slightly better gewurtstraminer). It tastes like a spicy reisling, with the body of a chardonnay.

Bread was a superb sourdough with a flavorful crunchy crust, soft inside. Served HOT (love that!) accompanied by soft butter on a plate of olive oil (green olive oil, maybe had some chive infusion - the whole combination was divine).

For appetizer, we had the shrimp & hoisin beef spring rolls drizzled with sweet chili sauce (and some other sauces, all complimentary to each other).

For entree, DH had grilled grouper on artichoke-mushroom risotto, which was great. I had teryaki grilled chilean seabass on crunchy coconut rice patty, surrounded by mango buerre blanc, fresh raspberries, and Asian vegetables. Seabass is my favorite fish, and this was the best preparation of it I have ever had!

Dessert was equally fantastic. Grand Marnier ice cream in a small lace cookie bowl on top of chocolate lava cake that had just the right sweet/bitter balance and consistency. Usually, I don't have to have the ice cream and DH gets that to himself, but he had to share this one . . .

Highly recommend! Service is great without being over the top.

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