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Building on a family tradition in the restaurant business, Edgar and Bianca Perez have introduced some major tweaks to Philly Grille, which they took over in January this year.

The couple has doubled the size of the place by breaking through to an adjoining space, a move which has already found favor with diners because of the openness, according to Bianca Perez.

Chef Edgar has kept the Philly tradition associated with the restaurant by maintaining the classic sandwich, and other American dishes, but has also introduced a touch of Mexican (Taco Tuesdays) in a nod to his heritage, and occasional Italian cuisine into the line-up.

Bianca Perez says she and her husband owe much to restaurateurs Arturo Perez (Chef Edgar’s dad) and also Judy Barney, whom they credit for years of mentoring before they went out on their own.

The family link in the business continues, incidentally: Arturo Perez is aligned with Ciao Bella (his daughter co-owns with husband/chef Juan), and Bianca Perez’s mom, Linda Keutmann, is Philly Grille general manager. Also, Arturo Perez Jr. is in the kitchen.

To showcase some of his varied cuisine, Chef Edgar and his brother conjured up salmon (baked) with artichoke hearts, sun dried tomatoes, pesto and mashed potatoes with a white wine sauce ($24), the “famous” build your own burger (this one with in-house ground beef, Applewood smoked bacon, peppers, egg, lettuce and tomato, $13 and up, depending on extras); the classic steak sandwich (Philly steak, provolone, sautéed onions and a Liscio hoagie roll, $13, and also lobster salad BLT with fresh Maine lobster, grape tomatoes and arugula ($21).

If you go:

What: Philly Grille

Where: 1000 N. Collier Blvd. (opposite Publix)

Food: American, with Taco Tuesdays, and some Italian

Prices: Medium

Open: 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Mon-Fri lunch,  and 5 p.m. Mon-Sat to close for dinner.

Reservations: Five or more people

Beverages: Beer and wine

Order by App: Yes, http://www.apppicker.com/apps/978440459/philly-grille

Specials: Daily

Tel: 394-2221

Web: philly-grille.com

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