Patinella’s Chicken Grill fitnationmag September 29, 2015 1950 Whether you just finished a CrossFit WOD and need a post-workout refuel or want to take the family out for a healthy alternative to standard fast food, Patinella’s Chicken Grill is your one stop. With two locations in Fort Myers and Naples, Patinella’s boasts healthful, flavorful items at a fair price, including their famous lamb and beef gyros, as well as rice and chicken bowls. Got food sensitivities? No problem. In addition to offering a gluten-free menu, Patinella’s is both soy and MSG free; they only use olive oil in their cooking, and everything is baked or grilled (no fryers!). Produce is locally sourced, and their all-natural chicken is free range and antibiotic- and hormone-free. Soups, salads, and sides include everything from the standard Greek salad and chicken noodle soup to unique variations like sweet pot onions, garlic rice, and plantains. Got a sweet tooth? Try the fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies, brownies, or baklava. According to Manager Michelle Medeiros, “What makes [Patinella’s] stand out is our exceptional customer service, ensuring that you feel welcomed from the moment you step in the door … and the fact that we have 15 different sauces to complement our chicken and rice bowls.” One of the reasons behind Patinella’s focus on customer service and crowd-pleasing fare is founder Shelly Patinella’s extensive experience in food service; he started out in the industry more than 25 years ago selling his renowned gyros out of a concession truck at traveling fairs and events. Over the years, he noted that his customers were changing their eating habits and becoming interested in quick, healthy, and tasty fare for a great price. From there, he developed his grilled chicken and rice bowls. The success of these menu items led to the restaurant concept that finally became Patinella’s Chicken Grill in 2006. In addition to being a great place to drop in for a quick meal, Patinella’s prides itself on serving customers in a hurry — you’ll have your take-out order ready in as little as 3–4 minutes. And for those chained to their desks during the workday, Patinella’s delivers, free of charge, on orders for 10 or more people — no tip expected. They also cater. Next time you and your tribe are looking for food — fast — stop by Patinella’s Chicken Grill at one of their three Southwest Florida locations: 8595 College Parkway, Fort Myers, FL 33917 6810 Shoppes at Plantation Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33912 1201 Pipers Blvd., Naples, FL 34110 Hours of operation, menu, and more are available at www.PatinellasChickenGrill.com.