Dining out with friends can foster healthy relationships that might otherwise be limited to impersonal group texts or overly personal bath-time visits. Get a bite in person with a person with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of American fare and drinks at The Sandy Parrot in Fort Myers.
The chefs at The Sandy Parrot concoct a menu of imaginative American fare accentuated by an extensive bar and live-music acts throughout the week. Diners quell poultry cravings with the Mariachi chicken’s fried chicken breast in sautéed peppers and onions and rich cream sauce ($12.99), or sink fangs into the battered coconut shrimp ($13.99), which, like most coconuts’ sinks, are covered in coconut shavings. The lobster roll ($13.99) stuffs house-made lobster salad into a toasted new england roll, and the 12-ounce slow-roasted prime rib ($17.99) tempts taste buds with house-blended seasoning. Indoor and outdoor bars help fuel conversation, and patrons tap toes to live musicians or challenge the man in the moon to staring contests in the eatery’s outdoor area.
The Sandy Parrot
With its huge grass-roofed patio, The Sandy Parrot looks as though it ought to have ocean waves lapping up against the surrounding sand. The echoes of the sea are even louder on the menu, which features a huge collection of grouper, crab, shrimp, tilapia, and mahi-mahi dishes rounded out by prime rib, sandwiches, and chicken. Preparations span the globe, drawing in such flavors as garlic teriyaki sauce, parmesan-laced lemon butter, and mango-papaya salsa. Live musicians take the restaurant's stage six nights a week, performing tributes to Motown and Elvis, hits from the '60s through the '90s, and sweeping arrangements of the dessert menu.
17200 S Tamiami Trl.
Fort Myers, Florida 33908