We're winding down our Florida vacation with a couple days in Ft. Myers Beach. My sister (a local) told me there was no good food down in the beach area, so our expectations were low. Looking around on Trip Advisor for seafood, and what was open late (9:15 on Saturday when we were looking) we saw great reviews for Flippers so we decided to give it a try.
We missed the road the first time. The address is on Estero Blvd, which is a lane you turn onto off of Estero Blvd...? Just after you cross the bridge, look for the tall building with Lovers Key Resort on it, or the sign off the road, and follow the lane all the way in.
The place doesn't look any different from any other beach surf-shack with friend coconut shrimp in the area. But when I asked Jono what they were known for, or what his favorites were, everything changed. You could tell that he was passionate about the food they served with the care that he described the dishes - it was amazing.
I ended up with red snapper served over a tomerillo (Spanish cornbread) with a black bean puree. That all had a creamy smoked chipotle sauce drizzled over it, with a bit of creme fresh. it was the best fish dish I have ever had. I begrudgingly let Sean and Kelly taste it, but then I demolished the rest of it. Like Jono said would happen, I wanted another serving, even though I was full.
Sean had some of the largest scallops I have ever seen, which were cooked perfectly and he loved every minute of. I don't think he was a fan of the scalloped potatoes underneath them though.
Kelly has the lobster mac n cheese, It came out with what must have been 2 large lobster-claws worth worth of lobster over a baked mac, and she savored every bite as well.
Service was great, atmosphere was nice with a breeze blowing in off the gulf and the temperature just right for outdoor dining (there is no indoor, so beware 90 degree days and wait for late night!) and we were incredibly happy we found Flippers!
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