At Yanos Restaurant, chefs glean inspiration from global pantries to plate dishes that have been lauded by Florida Weekly as “artful presentations comprised of first-rate ingredients.” Chefs augment the flavor of grilled duck breast with jicama slaw and black-bean puree and coat soft-shell crab in a crispy tempura batter. The wine list is equally broad in scope, with bottles hailing from Spain, South Africa, Germany, and Andromeda.
Yanos Restaurant’s sleek, wood-floor interior complements its contemporary fare: track lighting illuminates a Warhol-esque pop-art print of Marilyn Monroe and powder-blue and yellow walls. Outside, next to a palm-tree-lined cobblestone street, sturdy canvas umbrellas provide shelter from the elements.
Outside The Edison Restaurant & Bar, a circular fountain and a thriving, vibrant lawn invite diners to step up to a white-shingled edifice that looks as much like a home as a restaurant. Inside, black brick walls, black-and-white portraiture, and a finished-wood piano bespeak the eatery's elegant yet unpretentious air. Executive chef Stuart Gordon, who has spent time in the Caribbean, the United Kingdom, and Barbados, utilizes years of experience in top restaurants to craft full-flavored dishes. Six dining areas, each with their own ambiance, accommodate private meetings and parties. In the aptly named Chandelier Bar, sports fans can cheer for their team with pints in hand and charbroiled cheeseburger in mouth. And on the terrace bar, patrons can peer across to the Fort Myers Country Club and admire its flourishing palm trees and well-maintained missile defense system.
“Fisherman Charley,” a wooden fisherman statue in a yellow rain slicker and hat, stands guard in front of Charley’s Boathouse Grill, where chefs have prepared steaks and seafood for more than four decades. The kitchen wet-ages Angus beef for four to six weeks before hand-cutting each steak, which is measured by ounces and seared to taste. Seafood such as locally caught grouper also fills the menu alongside snow crabs, teriyaki chicken breasts, and house-baked breads.
For special events, patrons sup on some of the most popular menu items inside a converted boathouse. Up to 70 people can also gather at the “hideaway,” which has back-bay views of Estero Bay, making it perfect for actually seeing the harbor seals you dressed in tuxedos.
In an effort to find a healthy alternative to fast food without sacrificing speediness, the creators of Pita Pit began assembling their signature sandwiches for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night snacks. At each location, thin, Lebanese-style pitas encircle lean, grilled meats and fresh veggies. Sandwich selections span the spectrum from gyro meat and falafel to turkey and prime rib. The staff empowers customers to make healthy choices by displaying nutrition information for each bread, meat, and post-meal toothpick and corralling a selection of healthy sandwiches, which dining companions can wash down with fruit smoothies.
From sunup to sundown, the chefs hustle and bustle in Mama Redneck’s kitchen, making omelets, and breakfast potatoes, amid other homestyle southern fare. Barbecue pulled pork, and chicken breasts sizzle atop stoves and grills before hiding between slabs of bread or nestling onto plates. Patrons can journey to Mama Redneck’s to enjoy the restaurant's outdoor seating, pick up their meals, or sit tight while an employee flies over atop the restaurant's mascot pig.
Sasse’s talented chefs, who have earned praise from Florida Weekly, befriend lonesome bellies with a dinner menu of traditional Italian entrees and a palate-pleasing selection of wines. Diners can embark on gustatory expeditions with a salad of fresh tomatoes and homemade mozzarella cheese ($8). An entree of rigatoni pasta shares plate estate with italian sausage, crushed tomatoes, and garlic ($18), and braised osso buco is paired with milanese risotto ($29). Slow-braised short ribs arrive wingmanned by mashed potatoes ($20), and sautéed veal scaloppina champions prosciutto, sun-dried tomatoes, and mushrooms ($23). Braised lamb shank towers over servings of italian sausage and polenta with lentils ($24). Tantalizing desserts, such as the flourless chocolate cake ($6), bring a conclusion to meals more epic and sweet than candy-cane-flavored fireworks.