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Jun 18, 2011 02:12 PM

A Fort Myers Gem -El Gaucho Inca

Fort Myers El Gaucho Inca offers authentic Peruvian, Argentinean and Italian Cuisines.

I savored the Peruvian plates, and will return for the other two cuisines. It's about 1.2 miles east of I-75 on Colonial at the former location of Artistic Deli. The food is delicious, generous and attractively plated.

I'll go back again in a heartbeat.

I had a more extensive write up here before, however Chowhound removed it because it linked to my blog photos. Such linking can be considered "self promotion", and may take attention away from Chowhound. (One's Blog may be put in a "sig", but the moderator doesn't say how to do that.)

Try El Gaucho, and write in about your impressions.

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  1. Chowhound can be funny. The original owner once hounded me, claiming I was some sort of competing reviewer and I really had never come on the site before.

    I wonder if you are the writer for the News-Mess in Fort Myers because he had a pretty gushing review of El Gaucho a couple of weeks before you. I saw you first review here and am surprised they removed it. There are a number of food writers here that link back to their blogs. This is why I think other sites may take over the Hound: Yelp, for instance.

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    1. re: LilMsFoodie

      Nah, I'm not JLB. Can't afford the weight gain with trying and writing up an extra place each week, either!

      I'm a decent cook, and go to a spot with friends who are cooks or very familiar with the country's cuisine. I just don't think JLB has that approach or experience. She indicates she's a 29-ish yo mom-I don't think she's travelled much or had the opportunity to try many examples of a country's cuisine, not that it's a prerequisite for anyone to opine.

      I, on the other hand grew up with Fred, Barney, and the dinosaurs.

      I've had quite a few meals in the countries of origin of the places I write about. (You can see that from my blog,-I just covered a teeny spot in Calafate, Argentina on June 1, 2011.) I don't blog often about my dining in foreign countries-I like to visit a place twice if possible. Also, my blog is tailored for my "foodie" friends who enjoy the photos. I don't seek readers-Chowhound take note.

      Yelp is amazingly popular, however restaurant staffs have admitted they stuff it with positive reviews on their place, and would never, ever trash competitors! Not always objective, so I ignore the top few and bottom few reviews to get a feel for the place.

      Conversely, I've really found Chowhound most useful as a resource before I go to any other large city, in USA or abroad. I'll find a reliable writer's likes. So far I've not been led astray.

      El Gaucho is down to earh, not fancy, inexpensive and delicious. Try them or Inca's Kitchen, and see if the Peruvian cuisine's for you. I don't know your tastes. I've enjoyed it for years at the better quality spots like these two-the cuisine's as unique as French, Chinese, Ialian, etc.

      If you, friends, and other Chowhounds want to meet and have a chowdown, I've time during the summer to do that.

    2. Thank you for the write-up, I'm going to try this place this week. I was mentioning in another thread, SWFL has become a hotbed for Peruvian cuisine. There's Inca Kitchen in Naples, the Cape Seafood Shack (formerly Cafe Cebiche, but I believe the Peruvian stance on the menu remains after the westernized name change) in the Cape, Aji Limon in the Cape, El Patio in Fort Myers just north of Colonial on 41 (great place) and now this new one.

      Cape Seafood Shack
      603 Del Prado Blvd S Ste C, Cape Coral, FL 33990

      El Patio Restaurant
      4444 Cleveland Ave Ste E, Fort Myers, FL 33901

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      1. re: TuteTibiImperes

        Tute T,

        You're the second person in two days that recommended El Patio. It's on my list to visit!
        I never would have though of Cape Seafood being Peruvian.

        How would you compare Cape Seafood with El Patio? With Inca's Kitchen?

        1. re: An Insatiable Appetite

          I haven't eaten at the Cape Seafood Shack in a year or so, but the last time I went they still called themselves something along the lines of 'Cafe Cebiche', and there was a strong Peruvian influence in the menu. If the entry is correct, there still is:

          Likewise, I haven't managed to hit El Patio in a while, but the times I've been it's been great. The decor is minimalist, but the prices and food are very good, and the online reviews are still overwhelmingly positive, let me know what you think. I'm a big fan of octopus, and the ceviche de pulpo has never failed to satisfy me.

          Aji Limon was a mixed bag after one visit - the lomo saltado was very good, but the seafood dish I had seemed overcooked, the squid was rubbery and the supposedly 'spicy' sauce wasn't very spicy. I'll give it another go though, I like to make sure a place gets a fair shake and I realize that any restaurant can have a bad night or even just miss the execution on one instance of a dish.

          I haven't been to Inca Kitchen yet, I try to spend my money inside of Fort Myers if I can to do my part in encouraging the local food scene to improve. I'll let you know if I do wander down to Naples though.

          Cape Seafood Shack
          603 Del Prado Blvd S Ste C, Cape Coral, FL 33990

          El Patio Restaurant
          4444 Cleveland Ave Ste E, Fort Myers, FL 33901

      2. I had lunch at El Gaucho Inca last week, and I have to say all of the hype the place has garnered is well deserved.

        I had the Achuras (I can't turn down the chance for an entire platter of offal now can I?) while my dining partner has the Lomo Saltado. The Achuras platter was great. It was my first time having sweetbreads, and the char on the edges from however they grill them added a lovely touch to the flavor.

        I sampled a bit of the Lomo Saltado, and aside from wishing it had come with a bit more sauce, it was also excellent.

        This may be my new go-to place to take guests visiting Fort Myers, and I heartily recommend it to anyone planning a trip to SWFL looking for an amazing meal that steps outside of the typical fare around here.