Southwest Florida is known for many things: perfect weather; a marvelous lifestyle; and more things to see and do than you can count.
For some reason, Southern cooking isn’t one of them. Southwest Florida isn’t really the Deep South, but it isn’t really South Florida, either. Caught in between, this area has an identity all its own – and believe it or not, that includes a bit of soulfood here and there.
Gulfshore Life magazine wrote a great piece entitled “Hold the Diet, Cue the Grits”, which explores the best restaurants for Southern cooking in Southwest Florida. I decided to pick out a few and share them with you in case you feel an urge for soulful cooking!
Mereday’s Fine Dining
Located in Naples at the Naples Bay Resort, Mereday’s is a fine dining restaurant that features Southern-inspired cooking mixed with Low County cuisine. Gulfshore Life loved their shrimp and grits, and from hearing the descriptions and seeing pictures, we can’t blame them.
Tacos & Tequila
Tacos can be found in a variety of places in Lee County, but the Southern taco flight – a collection of three Southern-themed tacos – at Tacos & Tequila in Naples is unique. One taco is made with southern-fried buttermilk chicken; the next features slow-cooked pork and Makers Mark BBQ sauce; and the last delivers fried oysters, all with complementary flavors.
Fancy’s Southern Café
Finally, Fancy’s Southern Café is purely dedicated to Southern cooking. Located in Fort Myers, Fancy’s offers anything from fried buttermilk chicken and sweet potatoes to banana pudding, fried grit poppers, and fried green tomatoes.
Southern cooking may not be the healthiest food out there – too much fried food will add inches to that waistline – but it sure is delicious. Check out the article for more suggestions in our area.