FIRST TIME VISITOR-NAPLES/FORT MYERS
My wife and I will be vacationing next month. In addition to thawing out, we would like some lunch and dinner suggestions in both areas (we are dividing our time). We like all types of cuisine and prefer places that show off what the area does best. I assume fresh seafood is near the top of the list? Not really looking for very expensive gourmet meals, but maybe one for a special occasion. Mostly good solid houndish spots that the locals prefer. Thanks in advance.
Sammy, if the appearence doesn't scare you off Maria's Seafood and Smokehouse on San Carlos Bvld near the Beach is fantastic it's the freshest and best seafood period, Whatever your lifestyle is there's someone there for you from the very rich to the homeless and everyone in between. It's just a couple of doors down from the Getaway Marina, You'll never regret trying it, the price is right and so is the food the all you can eat flounder will cause you to embarass yourself, Oh yes, they have a bunch of parrots and other talking birds, great place.
You will never find this place in a Gourmet Guide but the food is such a perfect example of good ol' down-home cookin' that we have actually routed flights into Florida via Fort Myers just so we could eat here. I speak of the Fort Myers Farmers' Market Restaurant. You can google for details including address, menus, and reviews. I see on their website that they've been in business for 50 years. Marvelous food that tastes as if Grandma cooked it; gargantuan portions; rock-bottom prices. Do not miss.