By Gabriele Walkow
Home to sun-kissed beaches, warm tropical waters and amazing activities, Fort Myers Beach is paradise found for families. Busy families get hungry and with their flavorful and fun menus these Fort Myers Beach restaurants will make everyone in your group happy.
Full of character, this casual, colorful restaurant boasts an extensive selection of appetizers, fresh seafood, over-stuffed sandwiches and entrees. Dine in air-conditioned comfort or outside on Nellie’s expansive waterfront patio. Fuel hungry young appetites with the tender and tasty Oh! Chicken Fingers, which come with crispy plank fries; the Golden Macaroni and Cheese, with bacon and grilled chicken; or the half-pound Dreamful Cheeseburger. The frozen smoothies, with flavors like Mighty Chocolate, are sure to cool off the kids, and the whole family will enjoy the best Key lime pie north of Key West! nervousnellies.net
Offering everything you will need for a fab family day, this breezy waterfront hangout has beach chair, wave runner and kayak rentals, and beach games like cornhole. With a menu featuring pizza, burgers and seafood, Junkanoo is home to great meals for the whole gang! The kids will love the hand tossed cheese pizza and the grilled chicken flat bread pizza. Made from a recipe handed down from generation to generation, Papa’s Meatball Sub with melted mozzarella cheese is another favorite of the younger set, as is the half-pound Junkanoo Burger served with a choice of fries, sweet potato fries, potato salad or coleslaw. With indoor and open air dining overlooking the Gulf of Mexico, this is an unforgettable family dining destination. junkanooonthebeach.com
DOC FORD’S RUM BAR & GRILLE
With a scenic vista of Estero Bay, this local favorite offers fab food, live music and waterfront seating. After a busy day on the beach, the kids can dig into Doc Ford’s Famous Fish Fingers, fried golden brown and served with Doc’s tartar sauce, and the Chicken Tenders, which are lightly fried and served with buttermilk ranch and honey mustard dressing. They can also choose from a hamburger, hot dog, grilled cheese, chicken fingers, pepperoni pizza, mac and cheese or pasta with butter and Parmesan cheese. If you are on Sanibel or Captiva Islands, you can enjoy Doc Ford’s there as well. Each Doc Ford location offers its own unique atmosphere! docfords.com/ft-myers-beach
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