My wife, daughter, 2 granddaughters, & I recently spent a week at Ft. Myers Beach. On our last night we opted to have dinner at Doc Ford's. Expecting a crowd on a Friday night, we followed Doc Ford's website lead of "call ahead seating," only to be told it doesn't exist. A bit disappointing, but it did not deter us from going & "taking our chances," for we had heard good things about the bar & grill. Crowded it was! The hostess took our name, gave us a pager for inside seating, & informed us upon inquiry that outside dining was on a first-come, first-serve basis. It was such a lovely evening that we decided to wait until an outside table opened up. Glad we did! We had to wait about a half hour before literally grabbing a table close to the stage, where the band was warming up. It took some "eagle eyes" & some maneuvering for a table, because there is no wait list out there. You can't be shy! As we took our seats, to our left was the delightful view of the intercoastal waterway with boats & birds. Nice evening weather, outside, lovely view, & a band -- the ambiance was conducive to a wonderful dining experience. We just relaxed & soaked it all in. Our server, a delightful young man who was a student at nearby Florida Gulf Coast University, quickly made us feel welcome & took our drink orders. We decided to splurge on our "last supper," ordering a couple appetizers as well as dinner entrees. The seafood choices for both were extensive. Crab cakes, crab legs, mahi mahi, shrimp & more! No complaints from any of us on our choices! Quite tasty & fresh! As our drinks & food arrived, the band began to play as well with a good mixture of jazz, old favorites, & a little soft rock. Easy listening! The band's name is Livewire, & if you're ever in southwest Florida & you see that name -- GO! Talented musicians with a lady vocalist who will enthrall you with her beautiful voice! The 5 males in the band also sing, each doing a solo or two as well as accompaniment to the lead singer. The best part, though, is that the band encourages people to get up & dance. Soon older couples, young couples, dads with daughters, moms with sons, etc., got up to "show their moves." As did my wife & me (count us in the "older couples" category)! Fun! Then the band leader invited some of the younger folks to join them on stage & take part in their next number. It was great to see our 9 & 12 year-old granddaughters be 2 of the 3 girls selected, one playing the cowbell & the other the tambourine. The smiles on their faces spoke volumes of the fun they were having. What a great atmosphere for families! The food drew us to Doc Ford's; the music kept us there longer. We only wish we didn't have to leave so early to go back to the condo & pack for our Saturday morning departure.
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