One of Benjamin Franklin’s last theories was that taking in a good view while eating aids both in digestion and in the ability to squeeze milk out of coal. Prove him half-right with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seafood and American fare at Flipper's on the Bay at Lovers Key Resort in Fort Myers Beach.
Chef Will Stormant at Flippers on the Bay plates up a menu of surf ‘n’ turf delights that complement the bartender's tropical pours and eatery’s dolphin-filled waterfront vistas of Estero Bay. The deep fryer imparts a sun-kissed golden hue to a half dozen Key West–style coconut shrimp ($10.95) as the charbroiled Black Island burger ($8.95) strives for an even darker tan upon a bun-shaped beach blanket. Emerging from the kitchen after 4 p.m., dinner entrees such as broiled fresh Atlantic salmon ($17.95), Caribbean crab cakes ($16.95), or Florida gulf grouper (market price) celebrate the fruits of the sea. Diners can send taste buds on an island cruise with a tumbler of Lovers Key rum punch ($6.50), a highball glass of mai tai ($7), or a 32-ounce Bacardi-spiked pirate flagon named The Original Bucket O' Fun ($12.95).