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The Quintessential (Florida) Hot Dog

This old thread popped up so to keep it going I'll add my take on a Florida hot dog. South American cuisine is so prevalent and so popular here in SWFL that I'd venture today's Quintessential Hot Dog in the Fort Myers / Cape Coral area has its roots closer to Columbia than Coney Island. Case in point can be found at Don Perro Cafe & Restaurant on Pine Island Road in Cape Coral. They make Baranquilla-style hot dogs, topped with diced sausage, chicken and pork, matchstick potato chips and squiggles of mayonnaise. Plain old ketcup and mustard dogs will never be the same once you've wrapped your lips around one of these babys.

Jul 12, 2015
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St. Augustine good lunch spot needed!

this thread is a bit old but a great stop for lunch in this area is the Vietnamese food truck parked on S Castillo Drive at Fun Rentals across from the French bakery. I spotted it from the tour train and drove back on our "getaway" day. We bought a pork and a chicken sandwich and an order of spring rolls and ate them later at a rest area on our way home. The sandwiches were great, a bit spicy for my partner though. The spring rolls (wrapped in thin rice paper) with peanut sauce were excellent and very filling. A great alternative if you are looking for a picnic lunch or something to take back to your room.

May 09, 2015
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Sarasota to Ft Meyers

1/2 hr drive from Port Charlotte is Matlacha, a quaint little village with plenty of Old Florida charm. Walk around, visit the shops and stop at the Olde Fish House for lunch. They are a marina and one of the few restaurants in the area licensed to land fish. Their lunch special often features whatever fish landed that day. 2 of their apps I enjoy are the smoked fish spread and sandfire shrimp. I also recommend the homemade grouper cakes and the grouper Reuben. Friday night is AYCE mullet, my favorite.

Feb 01, 2015
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Key west *shortlist (wall of text!)

Ate at 7 fish last night. Cobia special was excellent.
I was not wowed by El Siboney. Good Cuban but nothing special. Crowded and loud.
Second Irish Kevin's.

Jan 13, 2015
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SRQ - new in 2014? Also ethnic I don't know about

For Indian try "The Island Spice" in Bradenton Beach. They incorporate local fish and shellfish in their menu. I especially enjoyed the Grouper Curry.

Jan 02, 2015
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What happened to the Buca di Beppo in Tampa?

Looks like Ford's Garage from Fort Myers is planning to expand to the Sarasota area. Here is an article from the local paper: http://www.news-press.com/story/life/...

Sep 27, 2014
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Fresh, local specialities - lunch between Orlando and Fort Myers

In Punta Gorda: Peace River Seafood for blue crabs. http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserRe...

In Fort Myers: Fancy's Southern Cafe for southern cooking including Chicken 'n Waffles and Shrimp n' Grits. http://fancyssoutherncafe.com/

Outside Fort Myers on Pine Island try the Olde Fish House for their outstanding Grouper Sandwich or the local mullet special.

Sep 22, 2014
Bumstead in Florida

Pine Island and Matlacha SW FL

I'd like to revive this thread and mention the "All-You-Can-Eat" Mullet special at the Olde Fish House Restaurant in Matlacha. Lots of places have AYCE fish specials but chances are it's farm raised Masa imported from Viet Nam and raised in the Mekong River (ugh!) At the Olde Fish House you can get local Mullet fresh from the surrounding Pine Island flats. It comes fried, blackened (my favorite) or grilled with fries and homemade coleslaw. If you've never tried Mullet you are in for a treat!


Jun 29, 2014
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Cape Coral area - updated (2013) chow-worthy recommendations?

For Peruvian try Aji Limon on Pine Island Road across from Mel's Diner. Ceviche is excellent. Try the avocado stuffed with shrimp salad starter.


Oct 16, 2013
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Cape Coral area - updated (2013) chow-worthy recommendations?

Try the Taco stand at Pine Island Road and Del Prado



Oct 16, 2013
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Crescent City

Just returned from Crescent City. Had a great meal at Belle's Bistro, newly opened across from the Sprague House. Gourmet Hot Dogs and salads with a daily special.

Reasonably priced, great addition to the area.

New antique stores and occupied storefronts has Crescent City looking better than it has in years. A great destination for a Sunday drive.

Jul 24, 2013
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Need update on BBQ stands and restaurants: central FL

I always stop at M&E BBQ stand in Pierson FL and pick up a couple racks of ribs on my way to visit my buddy in Crescent City. Hardwood smoked on-site. None of that mushy stuff here. Tender and meaty, choice of sauces on the side.

May 28, 2013
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Driving Route 60 from Yeehaw to Tampa

Manny's Chop House in Lake Wales


May 05, 2013
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Looking for local treasures (good wine list would be a plus)

Sasse's in Fort Myers

May 02, 2013
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Jupiter, FL & Surrounding Areas Special Restaurants

I really enjoyed my visit to Little Moir's. It was 3 years ago so it could have changed since then. I still believe it was some of the best seafood I've had in Florida.

Mar 14, 2013
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What's good in Fort Myers (Gateway area)?

I've been there several times since they reopened. New owner also owns Buckingham Blues bar just down the road. The last time I was there on a Sunday afternoon they had a band. It's a great place but you'll be disappointed if you go there for the food.
To nitpick a bit the bar itself is a let down. The lush grounds and wooden ramps lead you in to a nondescript Formica topped bar. I assume the bulk of the funds (rightly) went into the grounds and the bar itself can be redone later.
Even still it is a unique destination and a place I bring visitors when the weather is nice.

Mar 11, 2013
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What's good in Fort Myers (Gateway area)?

The Hut is definitely worth a visit. The grounds are beautiful and a great place for drinks on a sunny afternoon. The food is forgettable. My SO had a pasta alfredo dish that was very salty and over cooked. Can't remember what I ordered, only that I was disappointed.
I found it very Florida that they offer 26 kinds of beer but then look at the menu and it's Bud, Bud Lite, Miller, Miller Lite, Coors Lite, etc etc. I finally settled on a Corona.

Mar 10, 2013
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What's good in Fort Myers (Gateway area)?

I believe 2 meatballs is now Fancy's Southern Cafe with a very interesting menu that includes chicken and waffles.

Feb 28, 2013
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Sanibel/Captiva.....Better than average restos??

Olde Fish House Marina in Matlacha has a seafood market and restaurant. Some of the best local seafood in the area.

Feb 04, 2013
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Good Places Ft. Myers to Naples/Bonita We Might Not Know?

El Gaucho Inca is close to you and features Argentinian and Italian dishes. I had Achuras and the black sausage and sweet bread was fantastic.

A recent article in the NewsPress talks about Sasse's and it's new owner: http://www.news-press.com/article/201...

Feb 04, 2013
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Any Iconic, Not~to~be~Missed spots for LUNCH on the drive down from Sanibel to Pompano?

Log Cabin BBQ in LaBelle has some great pulled pork.

Dixie Chicken in Clewiston has very good southern food. Love the chicken livers. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Florida Cafe, also in Clewiston, has some great reviews on Trip Advisor and is on my list for the next time I go to the east coast. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

Jan 30, 2013
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Road Trip Around Florida

If you come down 41 then stop at Skip One Seafood in Fort Myers. It's beer and wine in plastic cups but the seafood is very fresh. Try the Stone Crab. http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant...

In Everglades City stop at the Rod and Gun Club for a peek back in time. http://www.fodors.com/world/north-ame...

Jan 19, 2013
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What brand of poultry to you buy from Publix, Win-Dixie, or Sweet Bay?

Publix Greenwise chicken is pretty good.

Jan 16, 2013
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Ft Pierce- update on what's good.

Little Moir's Food Shack in Jupiter should be just under an hour and definitely worth the trip.

Jan 16, 2013
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Good eats in St. Augustine/Jacksonville?

It's in Jacksonville. Checker BBQ & Seafood: http://bit.ly/NJT9o1

Jul 25, 2012
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St. Augustine FL faves?

We were pub crawling (IMO the best way to see St Augustine) and stopped at JP Henley's for lunch. The 70 beers on tap is reason enough however their signature sandwich "The Mantanzas" made for an excellent lunch as well. Garlic roast chicken, andouille sausage, manchego cheese and their special sauce on foccia bread. Our server was quite proud of it and described it as something you wake up in the morning craving for lunch. No argument here.

Jul 16, 2012
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Hudson Valley diners

Just returned to the area on vacation and had the opportunity to stop here for breakfast. I tried their hash for the first time. They make their own and it was fantastic. If you are traditionally put off by standard breakfast hash then I encourage you to try Kings Valley Diner. It's worth a drive.

Fort Myers Great new restaurant on McGregor

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.

May 14, 2012
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Baltimore Chowhound in search of road food advice, Jacksonville to Cedar Key

Just returned. We ate at the Blue Desert Cafe last night and the food was very good. It's a bit of a wait but worth it. http://bit.ly/JsxAXA

We heard very good things about the island room. We'll try that next time we go. http://www.islandroom.com/

This trip we discovered the Tiki Bar at the Low-Key Hideaway. It's no food, beer and wine only but a great place to watch the sunset. Very eclectic decor, great use of empty bottles.

May 13, 2012
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La Fogata - Excellent Mexican in Fort Myers

here's a half off LivingSocial deal that expires 5/10/2012 (the deal, not the coupon): http://www.livingsocial.com/cities/10...

May 08, 2012
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