Fort My­ers

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BISTRO 41

In­no­va­tive Global Cui­sine. Vis­ually stim­u­lat­ing pre­sen­ta­tions and stel­lar ser­vice are paired with a di­verse wine list that keeps both reg­u­lars and first-time guests com­ing back. The grilled lob­ster melt with tomato-Parme­san bisque is a hit at lunchtime. LD 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. LD 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 & 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. 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 rib-eye steak or south­ern bouil­l­abaisse, 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. 13499 South Cleve­land Ave., Fort My­ers, 239-344-0037, daru­marestau­rant.com

THE FIRE­STONE

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

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, 239-472-6939; 12951 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-476-9000; and wa­ter­front at 16501-B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239-283-5959, lazyflamin­go.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. LD Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions through­out South­west Florida: 28580 Bonita Cross­ings Blvd., Bonita Springs, 239-9481313; 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, 239-415-4040; 5501 Palmer Cross­ing Cir­cle, Sara­sota, 941-922-1515; and 1200 5th Av­enue South, Naples, 239-434-6616, pinch­er­scrab­shack.com

SUN­SHINE GRILLE

A Sunny De­light. 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. LD 8700 Glad­i­o­lus Drive, Fort My­ers, 239-489-2233, sun­shine­grillefm.com

THE EDI­SON RESTAU­RANT

Fort My­ers Il­lu­mi­nati. This restau­rant hon­ors its leg­endary name­sake ge­nius, Thomas Edi­son, with a dis­play of his­toric pho­tos. The menu is steeped in Amer­i­can culi­nary 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 5:30pm. Cozy booths, fish art and nau­ti­cal de­tails give this restau­rant a sea­far­ing vibe. D 13451-16 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-489-2226, prawnbroke­r.com

UNI­VER­SITY GRILL

Head of the Class. This place gets the busi­ness crowd at lunch and the beau­ti­ful the­ater­go­ers at din­ner. They come for a “pri­vate club” at­mos­phere and a happy bal­ance of seafood and steaks. LD 7790 Cy­press Lake Drive, Fort My­ers, 239-437-4377, prawnbroke­r.com

“One can­not think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”

—Vir­ginia Woolf

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