A Guide to Din­ing in SW Florida

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Fort My­ers


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


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


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


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 St., Fort My­ers, 239-334-3473, fire­stonefl.com


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 Low Carb-ure­tor. 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 Goose Is­land 312. LD

2207 First St., Fort My­ers, 239-332-3673, fords­garagefl.com


Gulf to Ta­ble. Fresh, cut-to-or­der fries; made-from-scratch 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, 239-948-1313; 18100 San Car­los Blvd., Fort My­ers

“Af­ter a good din­ner one can for­give any­body, even one’s own rel­a­tives.” —Os­car Wilde

Beach, 239-415-8973; 6890 Es­tero Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach, 239-463-2909; 2360 West First St., 239-245-7049; 10029 Gulf Cen­ter Drive, Fort My­ers, 239-415-4040; 5991 Sil­ver King Blvd., Cape Co­ral, FL 33914, 239-540-7939; and 1200 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, 239-434-6616, pinch­er­scrab­shack.com


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


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, prawn­bro­ker.com


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, uni­ver­si­ty­grill.net

Cape Co­ral


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 Low Carb-ure­tor. 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 Goose Is­land 312. LD

1719 Cape Co­ral Park­way East, Cape Co­ral, 239-332-3673, fords­garagefl.com

Fort My­ers Beach


Cap­tain Ahab’s Fa­vorite Spot. Stop by for the beach’s best burg­ers and bar­be­cue, or choose from the se­lec­tion of fresh seafood of­fer­ings, in­clud­ing a raw bar . The full menu is also ser ved in the fa­mous Look­out Lounge, where you can sa­vor a Mer­maid Chicken Sand­wich while watch­ing the sun set over Times Square. Live mu­sic is per­formed nightly, and the cov­ered Deck Bar is the per­fect place to fol­low your fa­vorite team. LD

1249 Es­tero Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach, 239-463-5505, the­beached­whale.com


The Se­quel. This is what we want with a good stor y— a se­quel. This sec­ond restau­rant based on a fic­tional Randy Wayne White char­ac­ter ser ves up a view of Matan­zas Pass along with ba­nana leaf snap­per and Texas baby- back ribs. En­joy live mu­sic Wed­nes­day, Fri­day and Satur­day nights and Sun­day af­ter­noons. LD

708 Fish­er­man’s Wharf, Fort My­ers Beach, 239-765-9660, doc­fords­fort­my­ers­beach.com


Bay­side Bounty. Sa­vor a per­fectly grilled filet mignon while gaz­ing out over Matan­zas Bay, or try “the best pizza on the beach” up­stairs on Petey’s Up­per Deck as you en­joy the nightly live mu­sic. Our lo­cally sourced fresh seafood in­cludes grouper, shrimp, oys­ters, lob­ster and stone crab. Come join the fun and see why we have been a lo­cal fa­vorite since 1984. Happy hour is a daily draw, and Fri­day’s Jazz on the Bay show­cases the smooth sounds of lo­cal per­form­ers. LD

416 Cres­cent St., Fort My­ers Beach, 239-463-3838, matan­zas.com


A Neu­rot­i­cally Good Time. The mas­sive menu in­cludes ev­ery­thing from ga­tor bites to the zesty Thai shrimp salad, and the amaz­ing grilled salmon Os­car, with lo­cal crab, wild salmon and ten­der baby asparagus, is sure to please. Check out Ugly’s Wa­ter­side Bar, just up­stairs, “where ev­ery­one gets pret­tier,” and don’t for­get the all­day happy hour. LD

1131 First St., Fort My­ers Beach, 239-463-8077, ner­vous­nel­lies.net



Bovine Bounty. With a mas­sive menu that fea­tures ev­ery­thing from omelets to fish to pasta, this is no beef joint, de­spite the cow ref­er­ences. The fish din­ners are a good choice, un­less it’s break­fast, when you might con­sider the fish omelets. BLD

2163 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-0606, sani­belis­land­cow.com


Well-Smoked Ital­ian. The Five Cheese with Gor­gonzola, ri­cotta, spinach and ar­ti­choke hearts is just one of the pop­u­lar wood-fired piz­zas. Fresh pas­tas, chicken, seafood and veal round out the menu.

D1200 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1998, prawn­bro­ker.com


The In­sti­tu­tion. As Sani­bel’s ice cream in­sti­tu­tion for 30 years, Pinoc­chio’s serves a reper­toire of over 130 home­made fla­vors daily, in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture ice creams Sani­bel Krunch and Dirty Sand Dol­lar. En­joy ge­lato, sor­bets, sher­bets and yo­gurts as well, all served in gen­er­ous por­tions. Gep­petto’s Beach Food­ies gourmet shop, next to Pinoc­chio’s, sur­prises with crois­sants, baguettes, souf­flés, pas­tries, breads, panini, fo­cac­cias and more.

362 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-6566, pinoc­chiosice­cream.com


On the Beach. Grab a ta­ble over­look­ing the palm tree-stud­ded beach. Din­ner is cit­rus grilled Florida mahi or a black cherr y pork chop for meat lovers. Ca­sual fare in­cludes the flame-grilled TOTI Burger with An­gus beef and aged ched­dar. BLD

Sani­bel Hol­i­day Inn, 1231 Mid­dle Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 7827, starfish­grille­sani­bel.com


Good Thing, Small Pack­ages. Chef Melissa Tal­mage pre­pares en­trees in full and pe­tite por­tions, giv­ing din­ers the op­tion to sam­ple mul­ti­ple dishes, such as seared duck breast and oven roasted co­bia. LD

1625 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1956, sweet­melis­sas­cafe.com


Vic­to­rian Ren­dezvous. Cre­ative cui­sine such as black grouper, oven-roasted co­quelet and herb-crusted lamb rack or black­ened yel­low­tail snap­per mojo adds to the al­lure of Vic­to­rian trap­pings, as do glo­ri­ous beach views from al­most any ta­ble. L D SB

Casa Ybel Re­sort, 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239-472-3145, thistlelod­ge.com


Dine In or Do It Your­self. Fa­vorites in­clude fried cala­mari, seafood plat­ters and crab cakes (all lump). Fresh fish is al­ways on the menu. Be sure to visit the fish mar­ket, right next door. D

703 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-2722, prawn­bro­ker.com


A Shop­ping and Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence. Traders is a shop­ping em­po­rium and a restau­rant, with live en­ter­tain­ment on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings. The menu fea­tures fresh Florida

“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

gumbo, pan-seared crab cakes and macadamia-en­crusted grouper. D

1551 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-7242, trader­ssani­bel.com

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