Blu Sushi: Cobalt Cool. Start with . . . well, start with whatever the chefs decide to send you. In fact, just put the menu down and tell the chefs to bring what they suggest. In their hands, you cannot possibly go wrong. They’ve proven this ( again) with one of their new creations— the TOTI. com Sushi Roll. It’s packed with flavor, just like the magazines. Next, order a nice bottle of chilled sake ( think dry white wine), kick back, and enjoy the flashy flirtatious show. The lava drops are surreal. 13451 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 239- 489- 1500; 10045 Gulf Coast Drive, Fort Myers, 239- 334- BLU3, blusushi. com. L, D. Pinchers Crab Shack: Gulf to Table. The best way to treat quality ingredients is to present them as true as possible, and when you’re next door to a body of water chockful of plump, delicious delicacies, then that rule becomes law. This seafood group has introduced hungry diners to the fruits of the Gulf of Mexico for nearly two decades and has gained worldwide fame and an international following by presenting a steady stream of impossibly fresh grouper, shrimp, blue crabs, and stone crabs in a perfectly Florida, flip- flop, and casual environment. Fresh, cut- toorder fries, made- from- scratch slaw, a decadently rich hot cheese and crab dip, and full- on fruity, tropical cocktails complete the experience. It’s casual. It’s fun. And it’s incredibly fresh. Multiple locations: 28580 Bonita Crossings Boulevard, Bonita Springs, 239- 9481313; 18100 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 239- 415- 8973; 6890 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 239- 4632909; 15271 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 239- 415- 4009; 10029 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, 239- 415- 4040; 1200 5th Avenue South, Naples, 239- 434- 6616, pincherscrabshack. com. L, D.
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