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A Guide to Din­ing in SW Florida

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Fort My­ers

BISTRO 41

In­no­va­tive Global Cui­sine. Vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and stel­lar ser­vice are paired with a di­verse wine list that keeps both reg­u­lars and first­time guests com­ing back. The grilled lob­ster melt with tomato- Parme­san bisque is a hit at lunchtime. L D Bell Tower Shops, 13499 South Cleve­land Ave., Fort My­ers, 239- 466- 4141, bistro41. com

BLU SUSHI

Cobalt Cool. An in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of sushi and out­ra­geous cock­tails high­lights the menu, but there are also tasty choices for din­ers who pre­fer steak and chicken. L D 13451 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 489- 1500; 10045 Gulf Coast Drive, Fort My­ers, 239- 334- BLU3, blusushi. com

COURT­SIDE STEAK­HOUSE AT SANI­BEL HAR­BOUR RE­SORT

Beefed Up. Re­fined with wood, brass, leaded glass and a sub­tle sports theme, this steak­house de­liv­ers some of the tasti­est “butcher’s breed” Black An­gus steaks. Din­ers can also opt for the buf­fet aboard the re­sort’s el­e­gant Princess yacht. D

17260 Har­bour Pointe Drive, Fort My­ers, 239- 466- 2138, mar­riottmod­ules. com

CRAVE

Cozy and Con­tem­po­rary. Mod­ern Amer­i­can cui­sine, pre­pared when you or­der it. Break­fast, served un­til 4 p. m., is your choice of omelet or vari­a­tion of eggs Bene­dict. Af­ter noon, dishes like ba­con- wrapped meat­loaf and shrimp jam­bal­aya, plus sal­ads and sand­wiches, at­tract hun­gry din­ers. The Sun­day brunch crowd packs the house, so you may have to wait— but it’s so worth it. B L D SB 12901 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 466- 4663, crave­menu. com

CRISTOF’S ON MCGRE­GOR

Old- Florida Charm. De­signed to re­sem­ble a de­light­ful, Old Florida– style home and sur­rounded by trop­i­cal land­scap­ing, Cristof’s on McGre­gor has quickly be­come a lo­cal hotspot. Whether you choose a rib- eye steak or south­ern bouil­l­abaisse, you will re­ceive gen­er­ous por­tions made with the best in­gre­di­ents. L D 10231 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 791- 8473

DARUMA

Make a Wish! Din­ner is served in tra­di­tional or tep­pan- style, which means the chef comes to your ta­ble and pre­pares your din­ner. Clas­sic Ja­panese fa­vorites like shrimp tem­pura are of­fered, as well as com­bi­na­tions like lob­ster Nip­pon and filet mignon teriyaki. D 13499 South Cleve­land Ave., Fort My­ers, 239- 344- 0037, daru­marestau­rant. com

FORD’S GARAGE

The taste is in the de­tails. The dé­cor takes you back to the 1920s, when Henry Ford walked these parts, and the menu in­cludes burg­ers like the Model “A” and the Boot­leg­ger. Fresh Black An­gus beef topped with ev­ery­thing from arugula to fried egg will make your mouth wa­ter, and the craft beer menu in­cludes names like Kona Big Wave and New Bel­gium Fat Tire. L D 2207 First Street, Fort My­ers, 239- 332- 3673, fords­garagefl. com

THE FIRE­STONE

Four lev­els of fun. Brick and wood pro­vide a warm at­mos­phere, and tires mov­ing along the walls re­mind you why it’s called The Fire­stone. Try the filet mignon or paella in the Grille Room or tapas in the Sky Bar, or dance to live mu­sic in the Mar­tini Bar on Fri­day and Satur­day. D 2224 Bay Street, Fort My­ers, 239- 334- 3473, f ire­stonefl. com

LAZY FLAMINGO

Cold Beer, Raw Bar. Come try the plumpest raw oys­ters, steam­ing hot- spiced peel- and- eat shrimp, fresh grouper and in­cen­di­ary Dead Par­rot Wings. The reg­u­lar hot buf­falo wings are your best bet. L D Four lo­ca­tions: 6520- C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239- 472- 5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 6939; 12951 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 476- 9000; and wa­ter­front at 16501- B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239- 283- 5959, lazyflamingo. com

LOS CA­BOS CANTINA

Come to Eat, Stay to Party! Come try the very best fresh tacos, bur­ri­tos, en­chi­ladas and gua­camole, or sig­na­ture dishes like Ar­rachera Steak, topped with our home­made chimichurri. You’ll feel like you stepped into a 100- year- old cantina, but with all the mod­ern ameni­ties. L D 2226 First Street, Fort My­ers, 239- 332- 2226, losca­boscant­i­nafl. com

PINCH­ERS CRAB SHACK

Gulf to Ta­ble. Fresh, cut- to- or­der fries; made- from­scratch slaw; a deca­dently rich, hot cheese- and- crab dip; and full- on fruity, trop­i­cal cock­tails com­ple­ment the fresh­est seafood on the coast. L D Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions through­out South­west Florida: 28580 Bonita Cross­ings Blvd., Bonita Springs, 239- 948- 1313; 18100 San Car­los Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach, 239- 415- 8973; 6890 Es­tero Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach, 239- 463- 2909; 15271 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 415- 4009; 10029 Gulf Cen­ter Drive, Fort My­ers, 239- 4154040; 5501 Palmer Cross­ing Cir­cle, Sara­sota,

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