"Perhaps you'd like to come back during happy hour," says a server to the women at the table. Women are often lured to the happy hour thanks to discounts on wine and a $5 menu of salmon sliders, conch fritters, and shrimp Charlotte.

An emphasis on date night helps attract women as well. Every night, Di Battista offers a selection of pasta and wine for two for $50. A tuna bolognese, for example, seems an unusual dish, yet it's divine. Tubes of homemade spaghetti nest in a bowl, the sheen of tomato coating noodles. Fresh tuna melds with tomatoes laced with garlic. It's a simple dish that's a harmonious balance.

These few dishes from her past are lovely, but like the dining room, they're dated. If only Di Battista were to position herself rather than hide behind dishes of her former husband and the formidable skill of the chef she has hired to replace him. Perhaps the new guard of dynamic women chefs will inspire her. A shift that reflects growth would draw in crowds she deserves, making diners feel more at home.

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Prudence
Prudence

Tadical feminist chic is such a turnoff. When people concentrate on their performance rather than whining for special treatment the world will be a better place. Who get lambasted more than Caucasian, heterosexual working men who support their families, church and community?

Jacquie
Jacquie

Thank you Sunfish Grill for providing an intimate atmosphere where my husband and I could dine at leisure and really enjoy your wonderful cuisine.

ErinHilburn
ErinHilburn

I'm disappointed the bulk of this article concentrated on the fact that DiBattista is a woman, and contained just a few short paragraphs about the actual food served at the restaurant. I think most people that are entrenched in dining culture are familiar with the fact that the restaurant industry is a boy's club. Many of the points you made concerning gender bias have been rehashed in articles time and again. I recognize the importance of highlighting the background of the establishment, but I think focusing most of the review on gender and her relationship/former business partnership does a disservice to diners that are curious about the food and the evolution of the restaurant. Just my two cents. 

Indigo1950
Indigo1950

It was nice to read your review of this fine restaurant. the menu delights me, and I have never been disapointed. I'm not sure if your aware of it,  but the restaurant isn't in Wilton Manor and the decor dated? This is one of the most relaxed atmospheres you'll ever experience.My hat goes off to Erica and Bill, they perform magnificantly every night.

Mike Fruchter
Mike Fruchter

We really appreciated Sunfish Grill's attentive service and our meal was so fresh and served promptly.

Lisa Rab
Lisa Rab

It's disturbing to see so few women in charge of restaurants. Can the women at the top, like Bernstein, help change the culture on the line so it's more welcoming to newcomers? Can she be the Tina Fey of chefs?

Maddie
Maddie

Dated?  I love that dining room - we are regulars at the Sunfish Grill and short of having the Chefs cook in my kitchen, there is no other place that I feel so relaxed.  Servers never rush me, food is always delicious and I will be back again this week - and they gave me a rose as I left!

Bob
Bob

Just had dinner with my wife and two dear friends at the Sunfish Grill.  I loved the atmosphere and the food.  Was my first time at this location and I thought the food was better than ever.  Chef Erika was kind enough to send out a dessert for our celebration and we look forward to going back - especially for some more Cobbler!

Robert
Robert

really...this place once was one of the best ...now just a faded memory...change your name...lamented on women's issues ...if the food was better and the place not cheap looking maybe it could hold the superior experience that it once was...

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Point taken. Thank you for saying something. 

Jamie
Jamie

In this case, you happen to be wrong, because the story of the restaurant is the story. Of course McCart's gibberish here misses the mark as usual. Why write your women get no respect article about someone that isn't even a chef? Why parrot the complaints of someone who only has a restaurant because she finagled it in a divorce? Why not save it for someone who is actually skilled, so that your point might have some foundation?

Erica has had to work harder because she has no skills and she wants to pretend she's a chef rather than hiring a real chef. A gender bias claim would imply that she's as good as some man that is getting preferential treatment; and the truth is that she's not a better anything than anyone male or female.

Melissamccart
Melissamccart

Is there a Tina Fey of chefs? I must know her.

Sindyfl77
Sindyfl77

Robert u are so right. You can't replace a Michelin trained chef with a chef who claims he was head of a kitchen at 18 years old and expect things to be the same.A faded memory you got that right.The review seemed more like a plug for her ex-husband. Good for him.

 
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