Repurposed wooden furniture and hung coffee bean bags lend Sweet Magnolias Coffeehouse & Marketplace an appropriately trendy and creative ambiance. The café offers a simple menu to pair with its choice coffee bar creations; blue cheese wedge salads, bagels with cream cheese, or sweet belgian waffles made with coconut sugar, fresh berries, and raw, local honey. Swing by on Saturday evenings to indulge in their weekly chocolate buffet.
Royal Scoop FMB provides a break from the heat at its location on Fort Myers Beach. Thirty-five flavors of homemade ice cream—such as family-recipe pumpkin pie, southern pecan, cherry vanilla, and espresso chip—chill palates. The staff also whips scoops into shakes, malts, and floats, and piles them high with toppings to create sweet sundaes. They even take their creations on the go and deliver to homes, offices, and igloo-construction companies that run out of snow.
Chef Jay Gillmore has years of restaurant-experience at restaurants such as Cru, Bistro 41, and Bacchus and knows that sometimes it's best to focus on doing just a few simple things really well. So, as the captain of the kitchen at Restoratives Cafe, he specializes in transforming raw, fresh ingredients into sandwiches that range from classic reubens to pork tacos and tortas stuffed with slow-braised beef brisket. A handful of refreshing salads and hearty soups fill out the rest of the menu. Thanks to a recent renovation, the eatery's atmosphere complements the playful quality of the food: the walls are covered with local art, and both the caf?'s name and menu are scrawled carefully across large chalkboards.
At Yogurbella, staff members mix nonfat frozen yogurt fresh each day, preparing every original batch with nonfat fortified skim milk and yogurt with live and active cultures. More than 20 different frozen-yogurt flavors range from mainstays such as original and lemon to seasonally rotating varieties such as green apple, pistachio, and cookie dough. Patrons may opt to adorn their 5-, 8-, or 12-ounce dishes with healthful fresh fruit, nuts, and granola, which can top scoops of chocolate chips and cheesecake bites. Customers also can sip on yogurt smoothies blended with mixed fruits and apple juice.
The colorful crystals of snow cones. Cold beer and the rosy cumulus of cotton candy. The foods and drinks at Beach Bites call to mind a beachside carnival. Sandwiches there range from a Chicago-style italian beef with giardiniera to a pulled-pork construction that wouldn’t be out of place in Memphis or on a list of things it is funny to throw on a butler. Along with the eatery’s specialties, customers can build their own sandwiches, filling out a checklist of desired meats, cheese, and toppings. Fruit smoothies with a splash of wine or snow cones topped off with Yuengling lager or one of the other beers on tap add a twist to standard icy treats.
For nearly two decades, 1st Street Cafe & Catering has served up buffet and sit-down style meals for parties around Manatee and Sarasota County. Its physical location has a café that dishes out classic American breakfasts and lunches.
During the morning hours, diners dig into a Lucky Seven breakfast sandwich stuffed with fried eggs and sausage or a country-fried steak smothered in gravy. During lunch, they tear into grilled-steak and pork-tenderloin sandwiches and juicy burgers. One such option, the Challenger double burger, allows patrons to stuff their mouths with 12 ounces of burger meat, crispy bacon, and slices of cheese, and to get at least 1.5 high-fives from nearby diners when it’s all gone.