Suburban Extended Stay Hotel
10150 Metro Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33966
Phone: (239) 938-0100
Fax: (239) 938-0370
One of Fort Myers' best little Italian restaurants is Sasse's, located at Evans and Park Windsor Avenues. The kitchen is open, and the restaurant is usually crowded, but the portions are big and the atmosphere is friendly. The meal starts with bread dipped in olive oil (be careful not to fill up too soon!). The Stuffed Veal Scallopini is a favorite. Beer and wine can be ordered to complement the meal. No credit cards are accepted. Reservations are only available for local "regulars," so be prepared to wait.
The best garlic bread in Fort Myers is at Basile's, in the Edison Park Shopping Center. The rolls are homemade and very garlicky. Whatever you order you won't leave hungry, because the restaurant is well known for its large portions. Try any of the authentic pastas or meat dishes, served with soup and salad. They offer beer or wine. The restaurant is also open for lunch, with the same huge servings. If you are in the mood for hand-tossed pizza, next door is Taste of New York.
If you're in the mood for Mexican food (and lots of it!), head to Iguana Mia on Cleveland Avenue. The distinctive green and yellow building is hard to miss. There's usually a wait of 30 minutes to an hour. Chips and salsa start the meal, and the Quesadillas come highly recommended. Entrees include burritos, tacos, and enchiladas, or sampler platters for those who can't decide. Vegetarians have many choices, like vegetable fajitas.
If you have a hankering for seafood this is the place to go. Red Lobster has a wide variety of good eats for the whole family. Various appetizers, special entrees, drinks and desserts ensure a menu with something for just about anybody. Lunch and dinner menus include shrimp, soups and salads, seafood platters, chicken, steak, and pasta. For calorie-counters, choose from the LightHouse Menu, which highlights dishes that won't cause you to tip the scales. A Kid's Menu is available with fine fare for the little ones like chicken fingers and mac & cheese. Be sure to save room for a scrumptious dessert. Gift Cards are available as a great gift for the seafood lover.
If you are tired of fast food, head to Ada's Natural Foods, located on Fowler Avenue in Fort Myers. The market sells health food, nutrition products, vitamins, supplements and other natural products to improve health. While you are there, stop for lunch at the back of the store, which contains a deli and juice bar. All of the sandwiches, salads and even the desserts are made from natural ingredients. Try the roasted vegetable sandwich, served on a roll, or the spinach lasagna. Vegetarians and vegans have many choices on the menu.
Try China-Fuji for a sampling both Chinese and Japanese cuisine. The staff is friendly and helpful. There are separate rooms for smoking and non-smoking, a sunken sushi bar, skylights, and a menu of exotic drinks. Because there are a lot of food choices, the menu has pictures. The Crab Rangoon is a good choice, and so are New York rolls, with tuna, crabmeat, and salmon. Even the miso soup and salad are good. Reservations are recommended, especially for large parties.
If you have never had deep-fried chicken gizzards and livers, the place to try that authentic Southern dish is the Farmer's Market Restaurant. You will find nothing "lite" or "lo-cal" at this casual restaurant. The meal starts with homemade cornbread. Try the hearty portions of beef stew, catfish or country-fried steak. Each meal comes with two vegetables, like turnip greens and black-eye peas. It does not take reservations, so if you show up at one of the busy times (like after church on Sundays), be prepared to wait. The dining room is smoke-free.
Olive Garden serves up authentic Italian cuisine. Their signature breadsticks and one-of-a-kind menu make them an American icon. Standard Italian options like bruchetta, calamari, ravioli, and eggplant parmigiana line their lengthy menu. More exotic items like salmon, chicken dishes, and innovative pizzas are also available. For the calorie-counter, Olive Garden has a range of low fat and low carbohydrate options. Their bottomless salads ensure a well-balanced feast. Enjoy your meal with a bottle from their extensive wine list or one of their tropical island drinks. Finally, top it all off with a little something from their dessert menu- their cakes, custards, and ice creams are sure to win you over. Lunch and take out menus are available.
Take in the atmosphere of the Australian Outback while enjoying mouth-watering entrees and high-quality service. Serving dinner only, Outback Steakhouse offers an extensive menu featuring appetizers, chicken, ribs, steak, seafood, pasta, salads and desserts for moderate prices. Family-friendly, the casual restaurant has something for everyone at its numerous locations in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Australia. Outback Steakhouse also offers call-ahead seating and curbside take-away. Check website for locations and menu selections.
The Oasis Restaurant serves breakfast all day, and one of their more popular items is the Hangover Special, an omelet with sausage, vegetables and melted cheese. The restaurant, located two blocks past the Edison Ford Complex, is usually crowded and busy. For lunch, there is a selection of salads, soups, and sandwiches. Beer and wine are available. There's also a children's menu. The restaurant seats 60, and has a smoking section. Reservations are accepted. Bring cash; no credit cards are accepted.
The Edison Lunch Box is an old-fashioned luncheonette, serving good food quickly. They don't have a wide variety, but what they do, they do well. There are burgers and chicken sandwiches with a plethora of toppings, from pepper jack cheese to garlic to teriyaki sauce. The truly daring can try the Dragon Burger, with Cajun spice, crushed red pepper, jalapeños, and pepper jack cheese. Vegetarians will want to head somewhere else. Takeout and free delivery are available. The restaurant seats 60, with a smoking section. Bring cash, no credit cards accepted.
The Blue Pointe is well known for its seafood menu which changes weekly. The fish is sourced from the Great Lakes region and is bought daily to retain its freshness. The menu offers delightful Oysters, Sushi, Lemon Sole, Edamame, Salt & Pepper Tuna and Pan-Seared Grouper. There is Baby Bok Choy and Sticky Rice as side dishes too. People swear by the crabcakes here which must be tried atleast once. The patio outside offers a pleasant breeze for dining, while sitting at the bar is also a good option if one is in the mood for some carefree banter. The service is excellent and staff is cheerful.