French Restaurant, Ft. Myers
The French Roast Cafe
S. Fort Myers
My wife and myself had our anniversary dinner here last night and, in short, we can't wait for an excuse to go back. It's really all that.
I ventured outside my comfort zone for a Shrimp Bisque appetizer and, although not a seafood person, I enjoyed it thoroughly. Stacey had the Escargot Cafe, which I also tried, and it was perfectly prepared.
House salads which come with dinners are very nicely done, with a tasty balsamic vinaigrette dressing and lots of fresh, tasty greens. Just right.
I had Veal Marsala and it was DEAD NUTS, spot on perfect; a generous portion of thinly-sliced milk-fed leg veal cooked to perfection in a delicious dark Marsala sauce. Stacey had Duck Confit (none for me, thanks) and raved about it. Most of the bones are removed prior to cooking enabling her to just slice, fork, and chew. After having ordered, a few tables began to receive their table side preparation of Steak Diane, which filled the restaurant and made me temporarily second guess my own choice. Next time, for sure.
Best part is that you can mix and match from the two distinct menus; French and Vietnamese, with the latter having some outstanding selections as well.
My Creme Brulee desert was perfectly flavored and smooth as silk, if just slightly loose for my own taste. I still finished it happily, trust me. Coffee was good, atmosphere nice, servers exceptional.
Appetizers, entrees, salads, 2 glasses wine, a few pepsis, desert and coffee and the check was still significantly less than $100 - a relative bargain. I would put this restaurant on a par with my own favorite, Michel y Michel, and not hesitate to recommend it to anyone at all.
re: Mate In Two
Is Michel around still. I thought that was long gone, but what do I know. I have eaten at the French Roast many times as is it close by but never thought much of it. I didn't think of it as French particularly but I normally ordered their Vietnamese dishes. Thanks for your review. Maybe it has progressed. Will put on the list to try again.
Thank you for replying.
We have treated ourselves to driving to Naples and having dinner at the Bleu Provence twice (just moved to the area). Naples is a little more than an hour's drive for us, and that is no problem. Currently, that is the closest good french restaurant for us. We have also tried Cru in the Bell Tower; it is a good restaurant, but not quite the "Real McCoy" french-wise
We will definately check out Cote D'Azur and Escargot - hopefully this weekend!
If you can't find anything suitable in Ft. Myers, I suggest jumping on 75 and heading 1/2 hour south to Naples. In north Naples, on Immokalee Road (Exit 111) there is a nice little Provençal place called Cote D'Azur, in Riverchase Plaza, near Publix, NE corner of Immokalee Road & U.S. 41. Reservations: 597-8867.
And farther down US 41 is Escargot 41 (4339 US 41 N,. Phone: 793-5000) in the inside corner of the Parkshore Plaza, on the west side of US 41, across from Carrabba's), right next to the Japanese place. This is classic old-school French.
Both of these places are in unlikely strip-mall locations, but once you're inside, you're in another world....
Bleu Provence in Naples would be a good place. Lovely ambiance, true french style, nice wines.
Fort Myers has little. The one I know well doesn't do foie gras or escargot. More of a ladies lunch place with a tiny menu written on a chalkboard each day. Andre's French Bakery, cafe Lavande. I love it, but is it very basic. LMF