Fort My­ers

Times of the Islands - - Epicurious -

BLU SUSHI

Cobalt Cool. An in­cred­i­ble va­ri­ety of sushi and out­ra­geous cock­tails high­light the menu, but there are also tasty choices for diners who pre­fer steak and chicken. LD

13451 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-4891500; 2262 First St., Fort My­ers, 239-3622843, 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, 239-466-4000, mar­riott.com

CRAVE

Cozy & 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 cedar plank salmon, 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. BL 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 N.Y. strip steak or Louisiana craw­fish bisque, you will re­ceive gen­er­ous por­tions made with the best in­gre­di­ents. LD

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; 241 Cen­ter Street North, Naples, 239-591-1200; and 5459 Fruitville Road, Sara­sota, 941-342-6600, daru­marestau­rant.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, fire­stonefl.com

FORD’S GARAGE

The taste is in the de­tails. The dé­cor takes you back to the 1 920s, when Henry Ford walked th­ese parts, and the menu in­cludes burg­ers like the Model “A” and the Low Carb- ure­tor . Fresh Black An­gus beef topped with ever ything from arugula to fried egg will make your mouth wa­ter, and the craft beer menu in­cludes names like K ona Big Wave and Goose Is­land 312. LD

2207 First Street, Fort My­ers, 239-332-3673, fords­garagefl.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. LD

Four lo­ca­tions: 6520-C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239-472-5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-4726939; 16501-B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239-283-5959; and 12951 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-476-9000, lazyflamingo.com

THE EDI­SON RESTAU­RANT

Fort My­ers Il­lu­mi­nati. This restau­rant honors its leg­en­dar y name­sake ge­nius, Thomas Edi­son, with a dis­play of his­toric photos. The menu is steeped in Amer­i­can culi­nar y tra­di­tion, with dishes like the sig­na­ture chicken pot pie re­ceiv­ing raves from diners. LD

3583 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-936-9348, edis­onfl.com

THE PRAWNBROKER

Agent Fish. The food here is tried and true. Sal­ads, along with fish, steak and pasta dishes, have been pleas­ing palates since 1982. Soup or salad ac­com­pany all din­ners, just like in the good old days. Early diners catch good deals from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Cozy booths, fish art and nau­ti­cal de­tails give this restau­rant a sea­far­ing vibe. D

13451-16 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-489-2226, prawn­bro­ker­fort­my­ers.com

UNIVER­SITY GRILL

Head of the Class. This place gets the busi­ness crowd at lunch and the beau­ti­ful the­ater-go­ers at din­ner. They come for a pri­vate club at­mos­phere and a happy bal­ance of seafood and steaks. Early diners will find good deals from 4 to 5:30 p.m. LD

7790 Cy­press Lake Drive, Fort My­ers, 239-437-4377, uni­ver­si­ty­grill.net

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