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Lunch between Ft Myers and Naples

tharned Feb 14, 2014 08:52 AM

I'm driving from the airport it Ft Myers to the beach in Naples. Is there a good place to grab lunch along the way?

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  1. MartiniGenie RE: tharned Feb 15, 2014 01:58 PM

    If you take 1-75, you will miss all of the local unchained restaurants. I suggest you take the US41 corridor.

    If you are looking for a touristy place, Sandy Parrot has outdoor seating in a Tiki like atmosphere. They keep changing the menu, but I really like their mussel app. Alico and 41 in Ft Myers.

    Randy's Fishmarket & Restaurant Inc. is in Naples on 41. Also in Naples is Real Seafood Company, on Vanderbuilt Beach and just past Airport Pulling. Both good, solid seafood choices.

    1. LilMsFoodie RE: tharned Feb 16, 2014 12:41 PM

      what kind of food? which beach? do you like dives or atmospheric places? ethnic?

      the Chick Fil A and Mels can't be serious answers?

      You could grab a great sandwich at Capriotti's on 41 south of Bonita Beach Rd. and take it to the beach for a picnic.

      You could have a lovely lunch at Bay House on the river further south on 41.

      You could wait until you get to the beach and eat a great lunch with sand in your toes at the Turtle Club which is on the beach near the Ritz Carlton.

      Buzz's Lighthouse is in the same area but facing the bay for a very casual lunch.

      Venetian Bay shoppes has some glorious restaurants where you can sit outside in the sun and have excellent food at several venues.

      Too broad a question until you let us know what you want.

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      1. re: LilMsFoodie
        tharned RE: LilMsFoodie Feb 16, 2014 04:54 PM

        We are headed to the Ritz Carlton. We'd like to eat before we arrive as we will have two little ones who will need food in their tummies. We like pretty much anything - would love ethnic, seafood, or southern recommendations. Not fancy due to the kids in tow but luckily they are good eaters so no need for "kid menus"

        I'm not above Chick-fil-a as a southern transplant living in NY but was hoping for a local place not a chain.

      2. Veggo RE: tharned Feb 16, 2014 05:27 PM

        You could check out Pinchers Crab Shack in Ft. Myers. A little more casual than the Ritz.

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          gimlis1mum RE: Veggo Feb 16, 2014 05:39 PM

          We ate at the Bonita Springs location this evening. The place was mobbed, so seems like high turnover and everything was fresh. They do have a kids' menu, off of which "kids eat free," but our kids happily ate crab and shrimp.

          1. re: Veggo
            ibew292 RE: Veggo Feb 16, 2014 06:11 PM

            A small chain and surprisingly good.

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