SWFL DINING GUIDE
Key: B= Breakfast, SB= Sunday Brunch, L= Lunch, D= Dinner
Blu Sushi: Cobalt Cool. Star t with… well, star t 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 flir tatious show. The lava drops are surreal. 13451 McGregor Boulevard, For t Myers, 239- 4891500; 10045 Gulf Coast Drive, For t Myers, 239- 334- BLU3, blusushi. com. L, D.
Cristof ’s on McGregor: Old Florida Charm. Designed to resemble a delightful, old Florida– style home, and surrounded by vibrant landscaping, Cristof ’ s on McGregor has quickly become a local hotspot. Owner and chef Cristof Danzi has brought to life a carefully crafted menu that includes a variety of dishes, from light appetizers and sandwiches to filet mignon and scrumptious seafood. Made with toasted sourdough bread, vine- ripe tomatoes, garlic, fresh herbs, and Parmesan cheese, the bruschetta is bursting with flavor. The homemade lump crab cakes served with a savory passion- fruit coulis are made to melt right in the mouth. Generous portions are competitively priced, with impeccable presentation and high- quali- ty ingredients. 10231 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 239- 791- 8473. L, D.
The Prawnbroker: Agent Fish. With their salad, fish, steak, and pasta, they have been pleasing palates since 1982 in a tasteful, nautical ambience. Star t with raw oysters Romanoff topped with caviar and sour cream. Then, choose from a scrumptious selection of shrimp dishes or a grilled fillet mignon. Soup or salad accompany all dinners, just like in the good old days. Early diners can catch good deals from 4 to 5: 30 p. m. 13451- 16 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, 239- 489- 2226, prawnbroker. com. D.
Sunshine Grille: A Sunny Delight. Experienced restaurant owner Sandy Stilwell makes it easy
for her guests to feel at home with a warm and welcoming atmosphere at her Fort Myers restaurant. It embraces you right away and stimulates the senses— sunny colors, classy live music, and the fragrance of a wood fire. The great menu features wood- fired specialties and seafood, such as the duck breast with roasted corn and Portobello- mushroom relish and the pan- seared Florida red snapper piccata. For lunch, try one of their famous flatbreads, the quesadilla of the day, or the pecan- crusted goat- cheese salad. The bar is inviting and as long as the wine list, which offers selections from all over the world. 8700 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers, 239- 489- 2233, sunshinegrillefm.com. L, D.
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. Since they change their offerings daily, you get new taste treats on ever y visit. The crunchy grouper is a staple, and a little New England influence also swims among Florida seafood selec- tions. 7790 Cypress Lake Drive, For t Myers, 239- 437- 4377, prawnbroker. com/ floridawest/ UniversityGrill. L, D.
FORT MYERS BEACH
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 chockfull 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- to- order fries, made- from- scratch slaw, a decadently rich hot cheese & 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- 948- 1313; 18100 San Carlos Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, 239- 415- 8973; 6890 Estero
“I have long believed that good food, good eating is all about risk. Whether we’re talking about unpasteurized Stilton, raw oysters, or working for organized crime ‘ associates,’ food, for me, has always been an adventure.” Anthony Bourdain