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“Food good but too noisy” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Fancy's Southern Cafe

Fancy's Southern Cafe
8890 Salrose Lane, Fort Myers, FL
239-561-2988
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Ranked #22 of 641 Restaurants in Fort Myers
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Cape Coral, Florida
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49 restaurant reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“Food good but too noisy”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013 via mobile

The food was excellent; had chicken and waffles. But the noise level of a lot of people in a small restaurant was so high it was difficult to hear others at table. Owner prefers maintaining visual atmosphere to installing sound buffers. Bathrooms inadequate. Service slow but friendly.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Fort Myers, Florida
2 reviews
“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2013

Awesome food great prices excellent service. We will be coming back to try everything on the menu. Had the crab cakes and the shrimp and grit and fell in love with Robbie our server. He gave us the best service we had the three months we were in FL.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Florida
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“Give it a try”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Good southern style food. Nice restaurant with good vibe. Food is very southern and well done. Excellent service, good place for a casual meal.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“A taste of Southern cooking!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

My husband and I have had dinner at Fancys twice. The first time the portions were large the second time not so much. I had the liver and onions which were good the first time but tough the second time. My husband had the catfish which was excellent. I had collard greens which were over salted the first time but delicious the second time. I think they need to get consistent if they want to be considered a true southern style resturant in Ft. Myers. We have had better southern food in Savannah, Charleston and other states. The service needs improvement but I would definitely recommend dining here as I think they will get better in the future. Good prices for the selections.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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“Authentic Southern Food Done with a "Sunday Dinner" Flair”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This review is an amalgamation of observations from multiple visits beginning with their second night in operation.

First - I'm from Alabama, so I know Southern Food. And the thing you must know about Southern Food is that it varies in its presentation and flavors, from state to state and, indeed, from family to family. So every Southerner is going to compare the country fried steak they're eating to their grandmother's. Fancy's does its food very well, and it has a distinct "Southern Food identity," as if the chef were trying to recreate a lifetime of Sunday dinners (which in the South is served at what the rest of you call lunch, and on Sunday we eat it after church).

I could stick with the appetizers for a year and never order anything else on the menu. I can't go there without getting fried okra (not like my mother's but better than most: lightly fried and not greasy, the veggie inside still giving off a nice crunch), the fried green tomatoes (like my mother, they wisely don't gunk up the crispy, tart tomato slices with thick tasteless batter; the batter is well-proportioned, allowing the tomato inside to sort of melt a bit in frying ... oh my, this is the way fried green tomatoes are supposed to be). The deep fried cheese grits are billowy, creamy little bites in the same thin, non-greasy fry. My husband loves the frogs legs and "Et touffe" [sic].

If you have room for more after all these apps (be sure to share!), the chicken & waffles are divine -- not something we really ate in 'Bama, but we were missing out if all c & w are like this. Even with the waffles and the syrup, this dish is not as sweet as you'd think. Shrimp & grits share the same tomato-based tasso ham jus as the étouffée -- it's good, just not the way I grew up eating it (we don't go for ketchup-y ham jus). The catfish is fantastic -- again, these guys know how to fry. Their tasty, nicely-spiced batters are more like light dustings that turn the subject of the frying into something much lighter than normal.

Their pimiento cheese is perfect, and serving it on a burger is hip enough to fly in Brooklyn, where Southern food is the rage and not always done as well as this. The Red Velvet cake is lovely, and only a tad less scrumptious than the one my Granny Mae made (but then no one makes RV cake like she did). See what I mean? Can't help comparing....and Fancy's stands up to the scrutiny.

Portions are huge; turns out that chicken & waffles makes a marvelous breakfast the next day. Fancy's take on Southern is well worth the billions of calories you'll ingest (don't say I didn't warn you).

One word about service & decor & etc. - service is willing & enthusiastic, although sometimes you have to keep a close rein on the energetic, mostly young servers for refills of water, tea, etc. It gets really crowded, and it closes too early. But then, every place in Ft. Myers closes early. The room is very nicely decorated -- full of interesting touches but not too cutesy or cluttered.

It's LOUD, especially that big round table in the middle. Previous restaurants in that space sacrificed some seats for a half-height room divider that buffered noise. Here, the sound billows up from the middle of the room to that pretty ceiling and bounces down and around the room and the noise level can reach a mild roar.

For some reason, they don't put salt & pepper shakers on tables which, as my son says, is an abomination for a Southern restaurant. Fortunately, we true Southerners bring along our own personal shakers in our purses.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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