Restaurant Review – Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille in Fort Myers Beach, FL

seafood restaurant Fort Myers Beach

Seared Tuna Appetizer

This weekend we had lunch at the Fort Myers Beach location of Doc Ford’s Rum Bar and Grille. Inspired by author Randy Wayne White’s novels about a marine biologist named Doc Ford, the restaurant is located on the waterfront, just south of the bridge to Estero Island at Matanzas Pass.

The service was efficient, and the food was pretty good too. We ordered an Ahi Tuna appetizer ($10.95). The presentation was beautiful and the taste was great, but there definitely could have been more tuna on the plate. Four thin little slices of the fish left us wanting more.

For entrees,we ordered a Lime Panko Crusted Fish Sandwich ($9.95), which according to the menu, was voted Best Fish Sandwich. We can see (er, taste) why! Although the bun was soggy, making the sandwich difficult to eat, the fish itself was truly delicious. Also, we ordered our old standby, the Campeche Fish Tacos ($13.95) with yellow rice. As usual, the tacos did not disappoint. Finally, the Grouper Sandwich Grilled ($13.95) with a side of mashed potatoes also earned thumbs up. The fish was very fresh and cooked just right.

On your way out, don’t forget to check out the souvenirs at Doc Ford’s, including T-shirts, caps, and of course, White’s books. We recommend the bottles of Amazon hot sauce named for the books’ characters. There’s indoor and outdoor seating available, with views of the Gulf, and on some nights,  live music on the waterfront.

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Doc Ford's 'house' hot sauces

Doc Ford’s Fort Myers Beach Rum Bar & Grille
708 Fishermans Wharf
Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931

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25th Annual American SandSculpting Championship & Beach Festival is coming to Fort Myers Beach

Sand SculptureOn November 2-6, 2011, join an expected crowd of over 50,000 spectators to watch as 16 of the World’s Top Master Sculptors compete in the 2011 American SandSculpting Championship. This premier family-friendly event is open to the public at no cost. However, if you want to take a closer look at the sculptures and sand sculpting masters at work, you can purchase a VIP pass Friday, Saturday or Sunday for a World Class View. The VIP pass allows you to take a step behind the velvet ropes and get up close and personal with the sculptures and the sand sculpting masters.

VIP Passes will be available during the event at the Fort Myers Beach Chamber tent for the following prices:

Individual $5
Children: $3
Family: (up to two parents with children 18 and under) $10

Need a place to stay? Be sure to check out Cocoplum Beach House, a Fort Myers Beach vacation rental home,  conveniently located within walking distance, just about a mile away from the Festival.