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Restaurants In Fort Myers, Florida Area

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We're heading to Sanibel Island in a few weeks and I would like to know if anyone out there has a restaurant recommendation for the Fort Myers (or Naples) area? We can always find one of the chains with a gluten-free menu but I'd like to experience something local if possible.

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Hi, Hope you enjoy the trip to Sanibel. I love it there. We eat at the Island Cow (Pretty sure that is the name). Usually they do well at keeping the basic meals gluten-free for me and the kids. It is a kid friendly place. Otherwise, I don't really get to Sanibel very much.

We do have the standard gluten-free chains like PF Changs, Outback, Carabas, Chili's, Macaroni Grill, LeeRoy Selman's, etc in the Fort Myers area.

Also, if you need supplies while in the area, go to Ada's. It is a healthfood store in Fort Myers. Located at US 41 and Colonial in the Burlington Coat Factory and Johann Fabric shopping center. Well worth the drive. To date, this is my favorite health food store ever.

If you need better directions or more info, feel free to PM me.

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Oh I absolutely love Sanibel. We've been there many, many times. Our favorite place to stay is Pointe Santo. Its right on the ocean front and the accommodations are delightful.

But one thing they are missing though is good health food store. They have a very tiny one on Periwinkle but it has very little in the way of gluten free food.

I definitely second the previous posters vote for Ada's in Fort Myers. They have absolutely everything you need.

Have a really great time!

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Thanks for the info. We rented a townhouse on the beach. The dogs are going with us so I suspect we'll cook most of our meals at the house. We'll definitely check out Ada's. We're planning a visit to the Edison & Ford homes and I think Ada's is in the same area.

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I live in Naples, and have my business on Marco Island. (Small world!!) I honestly haven't been up to Sanibel in ages!! I actually just emailed a "fancier" restaurant here in Naples, just looking for something different than the chains too. They have one in Naples, and one in Bonita Springs. http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

(Somehow...I always end up at Carraba's!! LOL I love that place!!)

I also can't have soy...and here is what they emailed back.

Aloha!

I have attached a copy of our current Gluten free menu. All of the items listed are also soy-free. Some of the items change from time to time, based on availability or menu changes. If you call to make a reservation and you have any preferences of items or dishes you would like to have outside of our menu our chefs would be more than happy to prepare it for you. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Mahalo,

Jon Vurginac

Managing Partner

Roy's Downtown Naples

475 Bayfront Place

Naples, Fl. 34102

Ph: 239-261-1416

Fax:239-261-1312

naples@roysrestaurant.com

* Private dining room seats up to 30 with a waterside view

* Diverse menu entree selections for groups and private parties

* Will personalize your event with extras such as: favors, leis, fresh flowers and transportation

* Zagat rated

* Located downtown Naples on the water

* Minutes away from 5th Ave. attractions, hotels, boutiques and art galleries

* Complimentary valet parking

Ohana Appetizers

A Roy

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Katie, have you found any other eateries in the Naples area? We are thinking of moving there and plan a "search" trip in Dec. Will be staying in Bonita Springs where I've gotten a room with kitchenette because I've recently become intolerant of soy as well as gluten.

Are there any sources of gluten free foods in Naples or do you have to shop in Ft. Myers and on line?

Look forward to your reply.

Tinka Z

I live in Naples, and have my business on Marco Island. (Small world!!) I honestly haven't been up to Sanibel in ages!! I actually just emailed a "fancier" restaurant here in Naples, just looking for something different than the chains too. They have one in Naples, and one in Bonita Springs. http://www.roysrestaurant.com/

(Somehow...I always end up at Carraba's!! LOL I love that place!!)

I also can't have soy...and here is what they emailed back.

Aloha!

I have attached a copy of our current Gluten free menu. All of the items listed are also soy-free. Some of the items change from time to time, based on availability or menu changes. If you call to make a reservation and you have any preferences of items or dishes you would like to have outside of our menu our chefs would be more than happy to prepare it for you. Let me know if I can be of any assistance.

Mahalo,

Jon Vurginac

Managing Partner

Roy's Downtown Naples

475 Bayfront Place

Naples, Fl. 34102

Ph: 239-261-1416

Fax:239-261-1312

naples@roysrestaurant.com

* Private dining room seats up to 30 with a waterside view

* Diverse menu entree selections for groups and private parties

* Will personalize your event with extras such as: favors, leis, fresh flowers and transportation

* Zagat rated

* Located downtown Naples on the water

* Minutes away from 5th Ave. attractions, hotels, boutiques and art galleries

* Complimentary valet parking

Ohana Appetizers

A Roy

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Katie, have you found any other eateries in the Naples area? We are thinking of moving there and plan a "search" trip in Dec. Will be staying in Bonita Springs where I've gotten a room with kitchenette because I've recently become intolerant of soy as well as gluten.

Are there any sources of gluten free foods in Naples or do you have to shop in Ft. Myers and on line?

Look forward to your reply.

Tinka Z

Hi Tinka!

Well, I honestly haven't been out too much lately, I've been really busy at my shop. I decided I'm going to venture out and try a new place soon though. I think anywhere that is Italian and has olive oil should be safe. They can cook the meat in a separate pan with olive oil, and it should be fine. I've emailed two restaurants on Marco Island and am awaiting their reply. There are 4 smaller health food stores that I know of in Naples, that stock A LOT of gluten-free, sf, cf items. Also, there is a Wild Oats in Naples (on Airport Pulling, north of Pine Ridge, where the Hollywood 20 is.) It's being turned into Whole Foods, and it's fab-u-lous!!! LOL I love the area here, even though it's pricey! Feel free to PM me with any questions!! Have an awesome time on your trip!!!

Katie B)

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Okay, so we're headed for Marco Is. in December. Plan to take a drive to Naples and Sannibel, so this thread is so helpful. Is there anything on Marco Is. itself in the way of restaurants or stores for gluten-free? We will have a kitchen, but it would be nice to know if I can go out.

TIA!

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Just wondering if you have any suggestions for eating out on Sanibel Island. Last year we had good luck with Island Cow and the Bubble Room in Captiva. Any other suggestions?

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There is a new pizza restaurant in the Fort Myers area, in the Gulf Coast Town Center right off I-75. Their regular pizza is a little expensive but their gluten-free is the best pizza I've had, period.

http://www.aureliospizza.com/aurelios/swfl...rm&Cat1=LA1

They don't make any big deal about it. You don't even need to ask for a gluten-free menu. Just go in, sit down, and look at your menu. Their "personal" sized pizza is available in a gluten-free crust. It's thick and has the familiar flavor of a good gluten-free bread (they use Kinnickinick crust).

They've only been open a few weeks. I was over there on Day #2 and have been back once a week since then. I've dragged all my co-workers (literally) in with me and we've all had a nice lunch every time.

I like adding an extra layer of cheese to my pizza, so I can't say how it is without the extra cheese.

My insides are extremely sensitive; no hint of a reaction in this restaurant says a great deal about the cleanliness of their kitchen.

I don't get onto this forum often. If you'd like additional information about local places, you can e-mail my login on the AOL network.

Pizza! ::droooool::

-Donna

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