Fort My­ers

Times of the Islands - - Epicurious -

BLANC

Food for the Epi­curean. Start with Bread Jenga, a toasted bread tower with cheese sauce, mod­elled af­ter the pop­u­lar game and al­most as fun! Then choose an en­trée from the Ro­bata grill, such as Lamb Lol­lipops with roasted gar­lic and rose­mary re­duc­tion, or the Oc­to­pus S&S, served with sweet ha­banero sauce. Blanc’s menu also in­cludes “Al­most En­trees,” de­signed to be en­joyed and shared by the en­tire ta­ble. Re­lax in the clean, con­tem­po­rary am­bi­ence as you sa­vor the cre­ations of Chris Whi­taker and Chef Jean Claude Roge, whose tal­ents lift Blanc above its peers. D

13451 McGregor Blvd, Ste. 10, Fort My­ers, 239-887-3139, blan­cen­ter­tain­ment.com

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, 239-489-1500; 2262 First St., Fort My­ers, 239-362-2843, 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

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 Henr y 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 3 12. LD

2207 First Street, Fort My­ers, 239-332-3673, fords­garagefl.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, 239-9369348, 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 4-5:30 p.m. Cozy booths, fish art and nau­ti­cal de­tails give this restau­rant a sea­far­ing vibe. D

13451-16 McGregor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239489-2226, 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 4-5:30 p.m. LD

7790 Cy­press Lake Drive, Fort My­ers, 239437-4377, uni­ver­si­ty­grill.net

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