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A Guide to Din­ing in SW Florida

Fort My­ers 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, ser ved 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

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, 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- 5:30 p.m. LD 7790 Cy­press Lake Drive, Fort My­ers, 239-437-4377, uni­ver­si­ty­grill.net

Cape Coral CENO GRILLE

Fam­ily His­tory. Try the fresh home­made spanako­pita-fresh spinach, herbs and feta, wrapped in phyllo dough and baked, or the chicken Marsala, and you’ll un­der­stand the pas­sion that drove founder Ge­orge Lukas to cre­ate Ceno Grill. Or­der a gyro or sou­vlaki for a light meal, or feast on chicken parme­san, you won’t be dis­ap­pointed! And who can re­sist some tasty can­noli for dessert? Don’t miss Happy Hour, M-F, 3-6pm. Closed Sun­days. LD

1715 Cape Coral Park­way W, Cape Coral, 239-549-2366, cenogrille.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 Kona Big Wave and Goose Is­land 3 12. LD

1719 Cape Coral Park­way East, Cape Coral, 239-540-3673, fords­garageusa.com

LOB­STER LADY SEAFOOD MAR­KET AND BISTRO

Eclec­tic Coastal Cui­sine. Whether you choose Shrimp and Grits for break­fast or Le Bouf Ba­con Wrapped Lob­ster Tail for din­ner, you’ll taste why we call our seafood the fresh­est in the area! Our ex­ten­sive menu in­cludes a raw bar, and a fine se­lec­tion of burg­ers, sand­wiches and pasta for land­lub­bers. Be sure to pick up a fresh se­lec­tion from our Mar­ket to take home! En­joy live en­ter­tain­ment every night. BLD

1715 Cape Coral Pkwy., Units 2 & 3, Cape Coral, 239-471-0136, lob­ster­la­dyseafood.com

MON­KEY BAR STEAK & SEAFOOD

Silly Name, Se­ri­ous Food. Chef Nico Bogert and his ex­pe­ri­enced team are pas­sion­ate about food, and you’ll taste the proof! W ith va­ri­ety enough for any palate, the menu in­cludes se­lec­tions like The Big Mon­key: a pork chop ser ved with ap­ple rel­ish; Rum and P ep­per Painted Grouper, served over rice with mango or­ange sauce; and Ahi Tuna Salad. Try the steak, which earned this eater y the ti­tle of Best Steak­house in Cape Coral. In­door and out­door seat­ing is avail­able, and live en­ter­tain­ment is of­fered nightly. LD

1428 Lafayette St., Cape Coral, 239-549-8800, mon­key­barand­steak­house.com

PAR­ADISE DELI AND GRILL

Heav­enly Taste. Our menu is built around the idea that fresh in­gre­di­ents and home­made food just taste bet­ter . Whether you tr y one of our vari­a­tions on Eggs Bene­dict for break­fast or our Philly Cheese Steak for lunch or din­ner , you will taste the dif­fer­ence. Be sure to tr y our award- win­ning Reuben! T oo busy to dine in? Our en­tire menu is avail­able for take- out, and our catering menu of­fers an ar­ray of choices to make your next party a hit! BLD

2378 Surf­side Blvd., Cape Coral, 239-292-2378, par­adisedelicc.com

Fort My­ers Beach DOC FORD’S FORT MY­ERS BEACH RUM BAR & GRILLE

The Se­quel. This is what we want with a good story—a se­quel. This se­cond restau­rant based on a fic­tional Randy W ayne White char­ac­ter serves up a view of Matan­zas P ass along with ba­nana leaf snapper and T exas baby-back ribs. En­joy live mu­sic Wed­nes­day nights and Sun­day af­ter­noons. LD

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

Bonita Springs OLD 41

Just Like Home ... Es­pe­cially for those from Philly. The corned-beef hash, pan­cakes with freshly sliced ba­nanas or straw­ber­ries and Car­bon’s malted Bel­gian waf­fles ac­com­pa­nied by fresh-ground Colom­bian cof­fee are rea­son to come for break­fast. Pop in for lunch and it’s the Philly cheeses­teak, hands down. BL

25091 Bern­wood Park­way, Bonita Springs, 239-948-4123, old41rest.com

Es­tero RODIZIO GRILL

The Brazil­ian Steak­house. Ex­pe­ri­ence the fla­vors of Brazil, with your choice from over a dozen ro­tis­serie grilled meats, per­fectly sea­soned and carved ta­ble­side by Rodizio Gau­chos! Try the Fei­joada, a tra­di­tional Brazil­ian black bean stew, or Aba­caxi, fresh glazed and grilled pineap­ple. Don’t for­get to save room for a deca­dent dessert! Lunch is of­fered Fri­day-Sun­day. LD

8017 Plaza del Lago Drive, Suite 101, Es­tero, 239-498-0018, rodiziogrill.com

RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE

Al­ways a Siz­zling Suc­cess. Vaulted tray ceil­ings and metic­u­lously set white linen-cov­ered ta­bles set the mood. From petite filets to cow­boy-size ribeyes, the steaks are ten­der and juicy; choose from tra­di­tional sides like creamed spinach and sweet po­tato casse­role. D

The Shops at Co­conut Point, 23151 Vil­lage Shops Way, Suite 101, Es­tero, 239-948-8888, ruth­schris.com

Sani­bel DOC FORD’S SANI­BEL RUM BAR & GRILLE

Novel Cui­sine. Lo­cal restau­rant folk joined with South­west Florida nov­el­ist Randy Wayne White to develop a restau­rant based on a fic­tional char­ac­ter, and it’s a best-seller! The

menu of­fers sand­wiches, sal­ads and en­trees. Don’t skip the mo­jito. LD

2500 Is­land Inn Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-8311, doc­fordssani­bel.com

THE GREEN FLASH

A Rare Din­ing Trea­sure. Have a seat and en­joy the beau­ti­ful view of the wa­ter as you browse the de­light­fully di­verse menu. The Grouper “Café de Paris” is the house spe­cialty, baked in white wine, lemon and Worces­ter­shire, fin­ished with a but­tery herb top­ping. Or try the Vene­tian Plat­ter, which fea­tures salmon, sword­fish, scal­lops and tiger prawn served with sautéed po­lenta. Sa­vory beef and pork en­trees round out the menu for land­lub­bers, and the dessert menu is pos­i­tively deca­dent! LD

15183 Cap­tiva Dr. Cap­tiva, 239-472-3337, green­flash­cap­tiva.com

THE IS­LAND COW

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. Check out the new full bar, of­fer­ing trop­i­cal cock­tails and sig­na­ture drinks, in­clud­ing their home­made White Mango Sangria! BLD

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

THE JACARANDA

Lo­cal Leg­end. It’s a ro­man­tic, in­ti­mate din­ner house; a re­laxed, open-air gath­er­ing place and an en­er­getic nightspot, all in one. Food ranges from splen­did seafood in­side to tasty burg­ers and sand­wiches in the lounge, where there’s live en­ter­tain­ment nightly. D

1223 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1771, jacaran­daon­sani­bel.com

PINOCCHIO’S ICE CREAM AND GEPPETTO’S BEACH FOOD­IES

The In­sti­tu­tion. A Sani­bel tra­di­tion since 1980, Pinocchio’s hand­crafts all their frozen con­fec­tions daily right in their Sani­bel store in small batches. This mecca for ice cream food­ies of­fers a va­ri­ety sure to please all palates in­clud­ing ice cream, gelato, sor­bet, sher­bet, frozen yo­gurts and Ital­ian cus­tards from their 130+ fla­vor reper­toire, served in gen­er­ous por­tions. Stop in for their sig­na­ture Sani­bel Krunch or Dirty Sand Dol­lar. Geppetto’s Beach Food­ies is the sis­ter gourmet shop lo­cated next to Pinocchio’s sur­prises with au­then­tic crois­sant bak­ing.

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

THIS­TLE LODGE

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, 239-472-9200, thistlelodge.com

Cap­tiva CAP­TIVA HOUSE

Old Florida/New Amer­i­can. Chef Ja­son Miller’s al­ways chang­ing menu cen­ters on the bounty of the sea­son with plenty of fresh fish. Come check out our new sushi menu, which of­fers an ad­ven­tur­ous va­ri­ety―—more than 30 choices in all—―of sushi rolls, sashimi, spe­cialty rolls and se­lect sakes. Wines from an eclec­tic list com­ple­ment the pre­sen­ta­tions, and the view from the Sun­set Room takes the breath away. BD

15951 Cap­tiva Dr., Cap­tiva, 239-472-5161 ext. 4, cap­tiva-house.com

THE GREEN FLASH

A Rare Din­ing Trea­sure. Have a seat and en­joy the beau­ti­ful view of the wa­ter as you browse the de­light­fully di­verse menu. The Grouper “Café de Paris” is the house spe­cialty, baked in white wine, lemon and Worces­ter­shire, fin­ished with a but­tery herb top­ping. Or try the Vene­tian Plat­ter, which fea­tures salmon, sword­fish, scal­lops and tiger prawn served with sautéed po­lenta. Sa­vory beef and pork en­trees round out the menu for land­lub­bers, and the dessert menu is pos­i­tively deca­dent! LD

15183 Cap­tiva Dr. Cap­tiva, 239-472-3337, green­flash­cap­tiva.com

SUN­SHINE SEAFOOD CAFÉ AND WINE BAR

In­spired Bistro. This charm­ing, small café of­fers a menu with a Euro­pean touch. Din­ers can en­joy the wood-grilled rack of lamb or black­ened salmon, or per­haps a pecan­crusted goat cheese salad. Out­door seat­ing is avail­able. D

14900 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-6200, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in in this guide is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our read­ers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and/or reser­va­tions be­fore vis­it­ing these lo­cal es­tab­lish­ments.

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