Thursday, March 31, 2011

Restaurant Review: Fish House Marina, Pine Island, FL

I wrote a review of the Fish House Marina on Pine Island, just outside of Fort Myers, FL, about a year ago after my friend Jeana and I had a most enjoyable lunch there. We made a return visit a few weeks ago and had a couple of new dishes that go beyond what you would expect to be served at an island marina fish market and lunch counter so I decided an addendum was needed.

Jeana ordered this seafood chowder -- a fabulous spicy, tomato-based vegetable soup with big chunks of seafood, The addition of homegrown kale was unexpected and delicious.

I so love a good fried grouper sandwich that I had no choice but to order the same thing I did last year. The fresh-from-the-gulf fish was lightly battered, beautifully cooked and served with a perfectly ripened tomato. This year's picture is much better.

Jeana ordered the shrimp. I think the pic says it all.

We had a nice chat with the owners and some of their extended family working in the restaurant and fish market. I told them about the review I'd written last year and linked to Urbanspoon. They brought us a piece of this fabulous citrus-infused blueberry bread pudding.
Local color: this is the backside of the bathroom door.

Next year we may have to go hear the band.

Fish House Marina on Urbanspoon


My Carolina Kitchen said...

What do you know - I'm in Fort Myers right now and very near Pine Island. What a coincidence. Thanks for the review.

That is some door! Reminds me of the Bahamas.

Lynn said...

You should go check it out! I'm sure you'll enjoy the great food and slightly funky ambience. If you don't get the bread pudding for dessert, you can check out the Great Licks Ice Cream House also on Pine Island. Their coconut ice cream is to die for!