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Mar 28, 2010 01:35 PM

Englewood area recs?

Heading to Englewood at the end of the month for some fishing at Stump Pass. Can anyone help me out with decent chow in the area? Not looking for fancy, just good (non-chain) grub. Surely there are some gems lurking along this stretch of Fla's Gulf Coast (I searched the board & came up dry).

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  1. Haven't been there but on my list to try (and recommended by many) is Farlows on McCall Rd. Have eaten at Mama's Italian place across the street and it was very good. Lock and Key out on Beach Rd has always been good.

    Good luck fishing and let us know all about where you ate!

    Mama's Italian Restaurant
    2091 S McCall Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

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    1. re: OH2FL

      Thanks for the response; I was beginning to worry that it was all chains & fast food! I'll definitely let y'all know how we fare. Any suggestions for the drive from the Ft Meyers airport area down to the Englewood area?

      1. re: Hungry Celeste

        Oh, well we can't make a trip into that area w/o hitting Rincon. Pair excellent Cuban food + inexpensive and you got it. Not much from the outside, but don't let that bother you. It's clean and we've found the folks that eat and work there are super nice. Ft Myers is always Skyline Chili for us. But it is a chain. But it is from our home state and one of the things we most miss. Hehehe. Hopefully someone can jump in w/alternatives for you.

        Rincon Cubano 958 Country Club Boulevard, Cape Coral, FL 33990-3071

        1. re: OH2FL

          Great! I've mapped out Rincon....I think I'll pass on Skyline Chili, though (midwestern chili isn't my fave). How's the coffee at Rincon?

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Ooooo, the coffee is deeeeeeeeeeeelicious! I usually have one Cubano while there and one for the road.

            Getting hungry now. Might have to get my husband to head south for dinner!

    2. Englewood isn't exactly a culinary hotspot, but there are a couple places that bang out some decent chow...

      I'll echo OH2FL's recommendation for Farlow's, which does a nice job with local seafood. They have outdoor seating, often featuring live music, which is a nice touch in the 6 weeks or so out of the year it's bearable to sit outside.

      I'd also recommend Zydeco Grille. As the name suggests it features standard Cajun/Creole specialties, and it's definitely one of the most consistently good restaurants in Englewood. Plus, the owners (who are always there) are very nice and quite accommodating.

      Further down Placida Road is Palmetto Grill. The decor is African-themed and they often feature an interesting North African dish or two (had a lamb shank with currants and cous-cous there one night that was amazing), but they also do other grilled meats well, and the seafood specials are often tasty. This one may be my favorite in Englewood these days.


      Palmetto Grill
      8501 Placida Rd Unit A15, Placida, FL 33946

      Zydeco Grille
      2639 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

      Farlow's On the Water
      2080 S McCall Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

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      1. re: TheChiefofStaph

        I appreciate the feedback. While it warms my cajun heart that the best resto in Englewood is called Zydeco's, my one inviolable dining rule is never to eat in a cajun or creole restaurant outside of south Louisiana ;) Palmetto Grill looks interesting....I'll be sure to post a report on my return.

        Any breakfast suggestions?

        Palmetto Grill
        8501 Placida Rd Unit A15, Placida, FL 33946

        1. re: Hungry Celeste

          I'm back from Englewood and I didn't starve ;) Here's my report:
          --the Egg & I, on Placida Rd. Perfectly standard diner breakfast fare, good drip coffee, very quick service & friendly waitresses
          --Grill at Stump Pass Marina: decent pan-fried crabcake, fresh-fried hot wings & onion rings, tasty fried grouper
          --Palmetto Grill: excellent veal meatloaf w/green chiles & jalapenos, perfectly cooked med rare steak, enormous (and tasty) meatballs, overall a very charming place.
          --Farlow's on the Water: great sunset view right across from the public beach, but a bit plastic-y and full of (very) mature diners. I didn't sample much from the menu (just a caesar & veggie side), but others at my table were pleased with the grilled shrimp salad, strip steak, and stuffed shrimp.
          --Laishley's Crab House in Punta Gorda: nice seared ahi tuna salad, good she-crab soup, and properly fried calamari. It's an enormous place, and I can imagine it would be a madhouse when full, but it was sparsely populated on Sunday at lunch, so everything turned out okay.
          --New Faull Inn: surprise hit of the trip. Medium-crusted pizza, well-prepared, and a friendly place to hang out.
          --Rincon Cubano, in Cape Coral: tamal in cazuela, cuban sandwiches, mango shakes, and absolutely killer coffee. A bit off the beaten path, but worth the detour. Nice list of changing daily specials, a counter for solo diners, fresh fruit juices: in short, the kind of "real" cuban restaurant I miss out on at home.

          Thanks, hounds, for your tips.

          Crab House
          811 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St S, Saint Petersburg, FL 33705

          Faull Inn
          2670 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

          Egg & I
          2555 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

          1. re: Hungry Celeste

            Finally got around to downloading my's one of the New Faull Inn's pepperoni & mushroom pizza. Thick & chewy at the edges, but thin in the center...a really nice pie all around.

            Faull Inn
            2670 Placida Rd, Englewood, FL 34224

            1. re: Hungry Celeste

              And here's Rincon's mango shake and the tamal en cazuela: it was a thick, corn porridge covering chunks of chicken (serious comfort food).

          2. re: TheChiefofStaph

            Ah, we've been wondering about Zydeco... Thanks for the tip, we'll give it a go!

          3. Wink's Old Town Grill is a nice local restaurant in Englewood. It's small and has a great old Englewood history theme. It's good for breakfast, lunch and dinner. I have eaten their chicken sandwich and it was awesome. For dinner, I have had the steak, lobster, shrimp and scallops. Everything I have ever eaten at Wink's Old Town Grill has been yummy and the prices are inexpensive (cheap!) For example, the Saturday night special is $13.99 it is the lobster, shrimp and scallops with sides., It's is really good. I would recommend Wink's. It's next to Sears in the old Winn-Dixie shopping center at 451 S. Indiana Avenue. 474-7777.

            1. BUMP of my own, old thread from last year. Englewood bound, again this year. Anything new/interesting out there? Driving down from Tampa, staying on Manasota Key. TIA!