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Bistro 41

Bistro 41

RESTAURANTS November 5, 2015

Few local restaurants ever master the art of remaining relevant while staying consistent, particularly in markets like Southwest Florida, where the only constant seems to be change. However, after nearly two decades in business, Bistro 41 has managed to outlive most of its culinary copycats while steadily expanding its... Read more
Cork and Barrel

Cork and Barrel

RESTAURANTS August 31, 2015

It’s not surprising that many Southwest Florida diners associate tapas with appetizers or bar food. That’s because many local restaurants treat tapas almost as an afterthought, a culinary sidebar to an actual meal. But at Cork & Barrel in Fort Myers, tapas are the main event. The restaurant opened... Read more
The Twisted Lobster
Bodo Knoche and his son, Norman, admit they don’t know their way around a kitchen However, they do know their way around the world and the restaurant business As owners of The Twisted Lobster Seafood Grille in Cape Coral, the father-and-son team has put their unique qualifications to good... Read more
Fla. Cafe

Fla. Cafe

RESTAURANTS April 29, 2015

There’s something special about a small restaurant with a huge clientele, especially one that is independently owned and operated. Fla. Café in south Fort Myers is one such establishment. Despite intense competition for daytime dining dollars, the small storefront eatery has a firm foothold with the local breakfast/lunch crowd.... Read more

Firestone

RESTAURANTS April 9, 2015

If you’re going to name a restaurant after one of the great inventors of the 20th century, it behooves you to be a bit inventive yourself. In downtown Fort Myers, the owners of The Firestone have outdone themselves, from concept to cuisine. Granted, these are the same people behind... Read more
Square 1 Burgers & Bar
Although the term suggests a setback of sorts, finding yourself back at Square 1 means something far different to burger lovers, namely an outstanding meal. Located in Page Field Commons in Fort Myers, Square 1 Burgers & Bar is unlike any other casual-dining restaurant on Florida’s west coast and... Read more
Cape Cod Fish Company
From the day it opened last fall, Cape Cod Fish Company (CCFC) has attracted two types of customers: (1) New Englanders who miss the clam shacks back home and (2) seafood lovers who had no idea what they’d been missing until their first visit. Either way, chef Joseph Faria’s... Read more
Rib City

Rib City

RESTAURANTS April 9, 2015

Famous for its award-winning ribs and barbecue, Rib City is gaining recognition for another reason these days: Longevity. In May, the family-owned, national chain of barbecue restaurants turned 25 — a rare distinction that places it among Southwest Florida’s restaurant elite. Since opening for business in Fort Myers in... Read more
Reuben’s Smokehouse
One thing that Arvey Krise and her son, Reuben Sliva, have discovered as restaurateurs is that home cooking never goes out of style. Case in point: Reuben’s Smokehouse, located at 11506 South Cleveland Avenue, next to Dunkin’s Diamonds in Fort Myers. Although the restaurant’s intimate, 50-seat dining room gets... Read more
LaMotta’s Italian Restaurant and Pizzeria
In a town where pizza-and-pasta restaurants are plentiful, finding affordable, authentic Italian cuisine is akin to a game of chance. There’s really no way to know if you’ve spent your dining dollars on a winner or a loser until it’s too late and all too often, the house comes... Read more