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Jan 14, 2007 10:07 PM

79th birthday dinner in Ft Myers?

A plea to you Gulf Coast Flordian chowhounds: Where around Ft Myers might we take my parents for dad's 79th birthday, based on both food and atmosphere? They already go to PrawnBrokers on a pretty regular basis so I was looking for something a little different to surprise/please them. Good service and lovely food (meaning attentiveness and kindness rather than pretentiousness on the service front; and basic foods cooked/plated beautifully rather than in cutting-edge fusion style on the cuisine side of things) would be the ticket here. My folks ived in and travelled the world over for 60 years and mom's a fantastic cook/hostess so they've done it all but dad's now slowing down significantly and I'd like them to have a lovely meal and a lovely time even if dad ends up having to come along in a wheelchair. Many thanks for your ideas.

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    1. re: Suzie

      The Veranda is a good choice. It's been there forever and is traditional and elegant. Up until a month ago the wheelchair would have been a big problem but they have added an elaborate ramp system and accessible bathroom to the building.

      I would also suggest the Sunshine Seafood Cafe in South Fort Myers. On Gladiolus near Summerlin. They have a guitarist and it is a warm and welcoming place with a wide age range of patrons instead of the elderly base crowd at Prawnbroker and Veranda. Owned by Sandy Stillwell who is proving to be a good restauranteur locally.

    2. Thanks for the recs Suzie & LilMsFoodie.

      Suzie, I read your thread from (last Sept?) about food in Ft Myers...any updates you want to share?