Smokin' Oyster Brewery, or SOB for short, is about three blocks off the beach, so perhaps not quite as touristy as some of the places overlooking the water.
We arrived on a Thursday evening about 9:30 or 9:45, just before the kitchen closed, and we left the restaurant and bar at about 11pm on the dot, and I think they locked the doors behind us on the way out. We grabbed two seats at the end of the bar and listened to a bit of the live music. For our drinks, we started with their Bahama mama mixed drink ($7) and a Breckenridge Brewery Vanilla Porter ($4 - late night happy hour!).
For dinner, we ate like kings. We started with one dozen steamed oysters ($11). They were cooked and served with the shells closed, so we had to get a quick lesson in opening oyster from the bartender. For dinner we decided to get their pick two combo ($18) and a pick three combo ($21) and try all five of their fried seafood specialties: fried grouper, fried shrimp fried oysters, fried scallops, and fried clam strips. Everything was fantastic! For dessert (yes, somehow we had room for dessert), we split a piece of Key lime pie ($4).
Cozy little "Key West" feeling building with an outdoor patio, but what you really want to go there for is the incredible, authentic Belgian wafel. It is TO DIE for. The dough is made with like 3 types of sugar so its sweet and rich, not like typical diner wafels. Get one of those with their home made whipped cream. Then also get one of the steamed bagel sandwiches and a cappuccino. YUM!
Favorite Dish: Belgian wafel, or bagel sandwich. Both are excellent, just depends on what mood I'm in.
We have a meal at The Bridge every time we visit Fort Myers Beach and always enjoy it. You can sit outside and enjoy views of Back Bay while you dine and if you're lucky, you'll see some dolphins.
Although it is clearly visible from the bridge, it can be a bit tricky to get to because of a right-turn restriction but it's easy once you know how.
The food is consistently good with excellent steaks and seafood. Service is fast and friendly and it's very good value for money.
The only criticism I have is that doesn't advertise a closing time. I guess it depends on how busy they are but on several occasions, we've found them closed because we don't know how late is TOO late.
Favorite Dish: Locally caught fish dishes.
The place was only about half full. We were seated to our table, and waited and waited.
I have very short patience for poor service, So after about 10 minutes we moved to
the bar. We got our drinks and menues fairly quick. We asked our bartender if we
could order food and she said sure, and turned and walked away making drinks and washed a
few glasses, finally we got her attention and ordered. food was ok, except for the long hair in
my wifes salad. I think they might be new so give them a couple months.
Regular Florida bar food with a smattering of some seafood. Sports bar atmosphere,
lots of flat screens. beer and wine, liquor was coming in a few days. Never went back.
Favorite Dish: The 1/2 lb of shrimp.
After a lovely walk on the beach, our friend suggested to Hans and I, to have something to drink at the LANI KAI'S GLIDER LOUNGE. What a great idea that was. You go to the very top of the Lani Kai Island Resort and go out to the balcony where they have a long row of glider tables, where you can have a bite to eat or as we did, just have a drink and enjoy the views of the beach below. We sat there for about an hour. We all ordered soft drinks for $2.00 and refills were free. WooHoo!
Lani Kai is a full service Hotel. All rooms face the Gulf of Mexico with private balconies and large, spacious rooms.
Other features include:
3 Beach Bars
3 Gift Shops
I will highlight some of the restaurants in FORT MYERS BEACH. Restaurants in the area offer diversified cuisine. Many highlight Florida's freshest, finest seafood "straight from the docks" - jumbo shrimp, sweet scallops, crabs and great grouper.
The Beached Whale
Charley Brown's Steakhouse
6225 Estero Blvd.
Fish House Restaurant
7225 Estero Blvd.
1600 Estero Blvd.
Island View Restaurant ( Lani Hai)
1400 Estero Blvd.
Squiggy's 50's Diner
1661 Estero Blvd.
These are just a few of the many restaurants Fort Myers Beach has to offer.
Hans and I were in the mood for breakfast, but it was dinner time. Then I remembered what great breakfasts PERKINS offered at any time of the day. I ordered the Senior "Traveler" ($5.29) which consisted of your choice of egg, sausage or bacon, muffin or pancakes. Hans had the Senior 2 Egg Omelet ($5.59).
They also offer burgers, melt sandwiches, Steak, Pot Roast, turkey, mushroom 'n Swiss Chicken and Teriyaki Salmon.
We always enjoy the Matanzas Restaurant. It's right on the water so you can watch the boats, and occasionally dolphins, passing by.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the service is friendly and very efficient. All the locally caught seafood dishes we've had have been delicious.
I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this restaurant.
We had Parrot Key recommended to us by a local during our last trip. It's a very jolly restaurant that serves excellent food. You can choose whether to dine outside or inside and the decor is a lot of fun, with colourful parrots and Caribbean decorations all over the place.
Most nights there is live entertainment in the bar area and you can enjoy the acts while you eat. You can also buy Parrot Key merchandise as a souvenir of your visit.
We thoroughly enjoyed our evening there and will be returning.
Favorite Dish: Tropical Safari Calamari
This restaurant is located just off the left side before you go over the bridge into Fort Myers Beach. We were told this was a good restaurant but were very dispointed after we left. The food was not good, the service was not that good either, so we would say stay away. It's not the easiest place to get to and it just wasn't worth it. I don't know maybe they were having a bad week or someting but we will not try it again.
This picture is showing the area (called Times Square of Fort Myers Beach / Estero Island). Not only is this area a 'happenin'' place, the food @Plaka's is scrumptious and the view is great.
There's a Plaka I and Plaka II. Thank goodness. Sharing is loving.
1001 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Plaka II Restaurant
15271 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Favorite Dish: Of course... their gyros
On the bridge that takes you to Fort Myers Beach, there's a few places under the bridge worth mentioning. And they happen to all share the same parking lot.
Dockside Sports Pub is where Lar saw Brian Johnson, lead singer of ACDC. Apparently he's a regular there, rumor has it that a relative of his owns property in the area.
Monday: Hospitality Night - Buy one, get one free! 10pm until 1am.
Free Pool 8pm - Midnight
Tuesday: Karaoke 9pm to 1am
Wednesday: Hospitality Night - Buy one, get one free. 10pm until 1am.
Free Pool 8pm - Midnight. DJ Pete, 9pm - Midnight
Thursday: Free Pool 8pm - Midnight
Friday: Karaoke 9pm to 1am
Saturday: 9 - 1 AM, Just Us.
Sunday: Free Pool 8pm - Midnight
dockside sports pub
Twelve 27-inch televisions, one 50-inch TV and one extremely large TV. Home of the official chapter of the Fort Myers Beach Brown Backers. Many games are shown in addition to Browns.
Well you know what Hooters serves, Bergers, fried stuff, beer, steaks, chicken. Hey I know, go rent a Harley and go to Hooters, that seems to be how it is around here where we live. Go in have a few beers and have some fun.
This comfortable restaurant offers generous portions of your favorite home-style meals at terrific prices. The decor is simple, reminescent of your favorite diner. This is a popular place for breakfast in the mornings.
You can also enjoy some beer with your dinner, if you so choose. Not sure about wine.
Favorite Dish: Some of the meals I have had here are fried grouper, open face hot roast beef sandwich, and many hearty breakfasts. Any choice you make will be served by a friendly staff, and in good time.
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