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A Guide to Din­ing in SW Florida

KEY Ban­quet Fa­cil­i­ties B Break­fast En­ter­tain­ment L Lunch D Din­ner Cock­tails SB Sun­day Brunch Beer and Wine 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 SUM­MER­LIN JAKE’S You De­serve This. Chef Richard Howze’s depth of ex­pe­ri­ence is dis­played on each plate, whether you choose a per­fect Filet Mignon or the mouth­wa­ter­ing Cap­tain’s Coubion, which fea­tures fish medal­lions in a rich seafood stock, served with gulf shrimp, Pine Is­land clams, and more! Us­ing only the high­est- qual­i­tyfla­vor. The lo­cally in­cred­i­ble­grown in­gre­di­ents,water­front view­she makes pro­vide each the meal per­fecta mas­ter­piece­back­drop for of yourbe treated din­ing to ex­pe­ri­ence,live mu­sic. and BLDif you visit on Fri­day or Satur­day evening, you’ll

17501 Har­bour Pointe Drive, Fort My­ers. 239-466-5377, sum­mer­lin­jakes.com UNIVERSITY­Head of the Class. GRILL This place gets the busi­ness crowd at lunch and the beau­ti­fu­land a happy the­ater-go­ers­bal­ance of at seafood din­ner. and They steaks.come for Earlya pri­vate­din­ers will club find at­mo­sphere­good 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! Too 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, 239-2922378, 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. P op 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 BLUE GI­RAFFE Casual Ex­cel­lence. Af­ter a re­lax­ing day on the beach or brows­ing Sani­bel’s nu­mer­ous shops, it’s time to treat your­self to some de­li­cious, is­landin­spired food. Sit at hand-painted ta­bles in­side, or en­joy the gar­den at­mos­phere of Peri­win­kle Place and sam­ple our Mon­terey Chicken Panini or Shrimp ‘n Chips for lunch, or come for din­ner and try the Pina-co­lada Co­conut Mahi―truly a treat! Our break­fast menu of­fers a tempt­ing va­ri­ety of omelets and pan­cakes, or you can try Eggs Nan­tua: two poached eggs on top of a crispy crab cake, topped with Hol­landaise sauce. Come see why the lo­cals love us! BLD

2075 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, blue­gi­raffe­sani­bel.com 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 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 LAZY FLAMINGO Cold Beer, Raw Bar. Come try the plumpest raw oys­ters, steam­ing hot-spiced peel-and-eat shrimp, fresh grouper and in­cen­diar y Dead Par­rot Wings. The reg­u­lar hot buf­falo wings are your best bet. LD

Four lo­ca­tions: 6520-C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239472-5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-4726939; 12951 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239476-9000; and water­front at 16501-B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239-283-5959, lazyflamin­go.com LIGHT­HOUSE CAFÉ The World’s Best Break­fast. Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have been en­joy­ing this Sani­bel clas­sic for six decades, and it’s easy to see why. Start your day with an Ocean Frit­tata: sea­soned shrimp, scal­lops and krab­meat, sautéed with broc­coli and fresh mush­rooms and topped with an ar­ti­choke heart and our creamy Al­fredo sauce as you view the pic­tures of our his­toric light­house that line the walls. Call-ahead seat­ing is avail­able. BL

362 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-0303, light­house­cafe.com MATZALUNA 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. D

1200 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1998, matzaluna.net THE NOR­MANDIE SEA­SIDE CAFÉ AT WEST WIND In­dulge Your­self. Banan­aberry French Toast or an Ital­ian Omelet for break­fast? W e of­fer that and much more, in­clud­ing a Florida fruit bowl or Veg­gie Omelet, served with Columbian cof­fee or a choice of ar­ti­san whole-leaf teas. Re­lax in our old-world at­mos­phere as you en­joy a Ba­con Wrapped Chicken Roulade or Nor­mandie Snap­per for din­ner, paired with the per­fect wine from our ex­ten­sive list. Check out our Sun­set Menu for daily spe­cials ser ved with salad and dessert. BLD 3345 West Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239-472-1541, west­windinn.com/nor­mandie-restau­rant-sani­bel 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 THE SAND­BAR Wel­com­ing. The fresh Florida stone-crab claws, which the small restau­rant of­fers in its fish mar­ket, are un­sur­passed. Fresh seafood and steaks grilled to per­fec­tion are sure to please all palates. D

2761 West Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239-472-0305, sani­bel­sand­bar.com

SANIBELLo­cal Color. GRILL Sani­bel Grill serves up your typ­i­cal pub spicy fare—juicy­buf­falo wings—and­burg­ers, seafood­more. You’ll bas­kets find and sea­soned bar­tenders and the of­ten-sought­but-never-found neigh­bor­hood bar feel, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of this spot. D

703 Tarpon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-4453, the­sani­bel­grill.com SWEET MELISSA’S CAFE 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 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 THE TIM­BERS RESTAU­RANT AND FISH MAR­KET 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 ad­ja­cent fish mar­ket. D

703 Tarpon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-2722, tim­ber­sof­sani­bel.com TRADERS 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 gumbo, pan-seared crab cakes and macadamia-en­crusted grouper. LD

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