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OK, any Bonita Springs restaurants??

fjs08 Jul 18, 2008 01:58 AM

Anyone recommend any restaurants in the Bonita Springs area, local or chain.



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    saacnmama RE: fjs08 Jul 18, 2008 02:59 AM

    I'd love to hear of tasty choices there too!

    1. Frodnesor RE: fjs08 Jul 18, 2008 05:56 AM

      There are many threads on Bonita Springs if you simply search for them ->

      I've not been out that way for several months and don't know if there's anything new.

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        RevrendAndy RE: fjs08 Jul 18, 2008 11:54 AM

        I've mentioned a bunch of restaurants in my past threads.

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          StephSky RE: fjs08 Jul 19, 2008 11:15 AM

          We were just there last weekend and if you are staying at the Hyatt there are a ton of restaurants just off the main road (Tamiami) - they are really building it up. The shopping center is called Coconut Point and there is everything from Moe's and Panera, California Pizza, etc. There are probably 15 restaurants to choose from.

          We drove into Naples for some more restaurants and ate at BrickTops at the Waterside shops which is similar to Houston's or J Alexanders. We also had friends that ate at Chops and Roys which is south of the Hyatt in Bonita Springs and they raved about both.

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            nosh RE: fjs08 Jul 19, 2008 11:36 AM

            Based on a strong rec from RevrendAndy, we had a great meal at Wyld's Cafe on Bonita Springs Road during our last visit to Ft. Myers. Pretty room, quiet ambiance, excellent food, and really friendly and helpful service. Entrees ranged up and down from the low $20s. They have a more casual sister restaurant nearby called Crust. Really tasty flatbread pizzas, other items were hit and miss -- my pork shank was huge and gorgeous, but unfortunately dry, though the accompanying stuffing was delicious. Roy's is consistently excellent -- when I thought I was getting tired of my usual choices (their succulent rich shortribs) I changed things up (meatloaf appetizer, spicy shrimp and pasta that really had a tasty zing) and enjoyed it just as much. Chops is good if you stick to the steaks -- we were disappointed once when we were convinced to try a catfish special.

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              RevrendAndy RE: nosh Jul 21, 2008 10:54 AM

              Chops actually does some excellent seafood. They have a pan-seared grouper served on artichoke mushroom risotto to die for.

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                An Insatiable Appetite RE: RevrendAndy Oct 23, 2008 08:12 AM

                A new star is born on Bonita Beach Road, West of Wyld's, also on the South side of the street, with the wonderfully Eastern, Asian influences of Executive Chef Jeff Acol's global cuisine. I like it because it has an upscale, warm setting with down to earth pricing.

                Hawaiian trained with the masters like Alan Wong, he's clearly mastered the nuances of Asian And French cuisine with his subtle use of spicing and fresh produce, and even adds some straight Italian for good measure. His wife, Jessica, brings her family's French flair to the restaurant. Whether it's the romantic warmth of the faux gold walls, or her mother's "melt in your mouth" tarte tatin, the restaurant serves global cuisine at very good prices. A couple was celebrating a birthday or anniversary, and couldn't have been happier.

                I ate there with friends, and after trying some apps, mains and two signature desserts, we said "A star is born on Bonita Beach Road!" The filet mignon, at $26 will best competing steakhouses' filet at $38-42 or more, with Chef Jeff's use of caramelized onions and his pinot noir reduction stating his classic training. The char grilled Angus filet steals the show! Also, the comfort food like the roasted Cornish game hen is a tender, moist delight, and well priced at $19. The big scallops are perfectly seared, and the accompanying mix of mushrooms, corn, and flecks of crunchy bacon is a filling delight for $24.

                Check out my blog review at:

                This "Rustic global cuisine" is that, with a touch of haute cuisine, with easy on the wallet pricing. Enjoy!

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                  An Insatiable Appetite RE: An Insatiable Appetite Jan 4, 2009 06:02 PM

                  There's a brand new, very good Asian spot in Bonita Springs, called David Wong's Pan Asian, in the former Cilantro Tamales spot. It offers various sian styles-- Thai, Malaysian, Cambodian, Japanese, etc, and the tastes are balanced and lively, just makes you want to eat more! It's at 25301 S Tamiami Trail Phone 239-992-5600. No website at this posting.

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                    RevrendAndy RE: An Insatiable Appetite Jan 5, 2009 09:22 AM

                    We tried David Wong's shortly before New Years and enjoyed it. David is of Chinese heritage from Bangkok. We sampled some the of various cuisines offered and enjoyed the Thai dishes the most.

                    Tom Yong soup was outstanding. We asked for medium heat and it had quite a kick. Delicious. Sushi rolls were just ok. Chicken satay was good.

                    We liked the panang curry and pad thai and were dishes I would order again. House fried rice was fair, a bit bland.

                    Good Asian food is difficult to find down here and this is a welcome addition to the area.

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                      CurryLover RE: RevrendAndy Jan 6, 2009 05:53 PM

                      We just returned from a christmas week trip to Marco Island, FL. Our first lunch destination was Doc's Beachhouse on Bonita Beach. The grilled grouper sandwiches were fabulous - this was our first stop driving 21hrs from Cleveland, Oh, enroute to Marco Island for christmas week.

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