Fort Myers Great new restaurant on McGregor
- LilMsFoodie Dec 2, 2011 03:30 AM
Cristof's is a new restaurant in a totally renovated old Florida home. Wide verandas surround the home and their is a lot of outdoor seating under huge banyan trees. Great old Florida ambiance.
Great addition to old Fort Myers. Excellent food, lovely ambiance, friendly and competent service and very reasonable pricing. This is a home run for the owner.
I had panko crusted black grouper served with a clam cream sauce. Lovely whole clams not minced stuff as you might expect. The sauce was creamy but not overly rich. It was plated with garlic mashed potatoes and julienned vegetables. that retained their crunch.
My husband loved his Southern Bouillabaise. Shrimp, mussels in a spicy cajun broth ladeled over baby spinach. The shrimp were not overcooked, an achievement in our experience with most restaurants here.
We ordered a bottle of William Hill Chardonnay. A very nice wine with a very good price at $22. We have paid twice as much for inferior meals locally. Dinner for two with a bottle of wine for well under $100. We will be back.
I ate at Cristofs in March, and several others ate there in April. Same experiences, unfortunately.
It's a lovely building, with parking too far away, disorganized service, hit or miss entrees, and a total disconnect between the kitchen and servers on pacing a meal. If you order an appetizer and an entree, be prepared for everything to arrive at once, and then have the emptied plates sit too long in front of you, hoping your server will take pity on you and finally come pick them up. Other tables complained that when 5 people ordered entrees, three came quickly , and the other two person's entrees came waaay too long after, with no apology from the staff. I blogged this and other things on my blog, this is a summary and more up to date.
I want the place to succeed-it'll only happen if the owner/chef spends more time on site, and really, really makes some changes. It started out good, and locals tell me service and quality have consistently and steadily gone downhill. I speak on a monthly basis with all sorts of people in Fort Myers who have dined there, not liked the experience, and I've summed up the consensus on Christof's. Such a shame, to have put so much effort into fixing up an old house into a charming, (and noisy!) location, yet, dropped the ball on service and food quality.
We went looking for Cristof's back in February but since we couldn't remember the name or whether it was north or south of the bridge we ended up at McGregor Cafe where we had a great time. The outdoor patio was nice and the service very attentive. There were 8 of us, I can't remember what we ordered but everyone enjoyed their meal. When I finally did get to Cristsof's for lunch I was very disappointed. As LMF says, noisy, poor service and boring menu.