Every year around this time, a few lucky fans ditch the snow and cold for warmth and sunshine — all to support their favorite Twinkies. Spring Training always brings a certain excitement along with it, as the first preps of a new baseball season come to life. Plus, it doesn’t hurt that it’s about 60 degrees warmer in good ol’ Florida.
But like any good Twins fan, you’ll need plenty of sustenance to keep you going, game after game. And that’s where we come in. While it’s nearly impossible to get a dinner reservation at 4:30 p.m. in Fort Myers — and don’t even think about eating after 10 p.m. — here’s a few suggestions at least on where to go to get you started.
13300 Cleveland Ave.
Fort Myers, FL 33907
For a great selection of sushi and Korean BBQ, you can’t go wrong with Origami. For the Minneapolis natives, it’s your home away from home, boasting some of the same great flavors as our homegrown Origami in downtown Minneapolis. Try the Origami Jumbo roll which packs so many ingredients, it’s sure to have something for everyone.
The Beached Whale
1249 Estero Blvd.
Fort Myers, FL 33931
If they would’ve let me, I would’ve gladly lived at The Beached Whale. This awesome bar and restaurant, located right across from Fort Myers Beach, is the perfect place for outdoor dining and happy hour indulging. Grab a seat in the Lookout Lounge from 3 to 6 p.m. daily, where you can order up some incredible wings and enjoy 99 cent domestic drafts.
11509 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva, FL 33924
For a great, cute little bistro to enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, head over to Keylime Bistro in Captiva. Between the outdoor patio and the great tropical drink menu, it’s the perfect place to sit back and relax over some tasty local cuisine. Try the Grouper sandwich and enjoy the sounds of live entertainment every day and night of the week.
The Bubble Room
15001 Captiva Drive
Captiva, FL 33924
Look no further than the Bubble Room for a truly unique dining experience in Captiva. This colorful, kitschy diner features memorabilia from the 30s, 40s and 50s on nearly every possible open space on its walls. This fun tourist favorite features different rooms, each with their own themes and tons to look at. The “bubble bread” is a must.
13550 Reflection Pkwy #302
Fort Myers, FL 33907
For dining plus entertainment, stop by Tokyo Bay for sushi and Hibachi. Here, the chefs prepare a stellar meal right before your eyes, keeping the grill always flaming hot. Catch the Sunset Special from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday for a great deal on steak, chicken and shrimp entrees.
13451 McGregor Blvd. Unit 23
Fort Myers, FL 33919
For a posh, modern setting to indulge in the latest and greatest sushi combinations or some crazy cocktails, check out Blu Sushi. Definitely home to a younger crowd, this trendy spot features a futuristic, eclectic décor with the fun ambience of a funky DJ. Order up a specialty martini and ask the staff for recommendations on the best sushi to order.
The Lighthouse Restaurant
14301 Port Comfort Road
Fort Myers, FL 33908
Look no further for an incredible meal than at the waterfront dining at Lighthouse Restaurant. Perfect for celebrating any special occasion (perhaps, a big Twins win?) this gorgeous restaurant features some of the best views in town. Overlooking the entrance to Connie Mack Island, Lighthouse features some of the best seafood options in the city. Try the panko-crusted sea scallops — you won’t regret it.
11546 Andy Rosse Lane
Captiva Island, FL 33924
Known as a Captiva institution, a stop at The Mucky Duck is almost mandatory for any Minnesota tourist. Located in downtown Captiva, this great beach bar has been known for its cold beer and great eats since 1976. No surprise, the Roasted Duckling Al’Orange is a local favorite.
Sara Boyd is a Web Producer for WCCO.COM