Tapa Hop 2014 – Sold Out (but some tickets may still be found)

Fort Myers Beach 2014 Tapa Hop credit: http://fortmyersbeachtapahop.com/

If you don’t already have tickets, please note that the website says they are sold out — however, they also have a waiting list for unsold tickets and cancellations. Click here for more information.

It’s Tapa Hop time!  Fort Myers Beach’s yearly pub crawl features trolley transportation to six great area restaurants, each providing appetizer items or ‘tapas’ included in the price for the event.  The event will also include raffle prizes, grand prizes and a poker run. Don’t miss out on the fun!

Name: TAPA HOP 2014
Date: September 23, 2014
Time: 4:30 PM9:00 PM

This years participating restaurants are:

Skye’s Mexican and More
Pinchers Beach Bar and Grill
Island View Restaurant
Matanzas on the Bay
Castaway’s Bar and Grill
Junkanoo on the Beach
Nemo’s on the Beach

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Do Your Tastebuds a Favor – 18th Annual Taste of the Beach

Come on down to Old San Carlos Blvd on Fort Myers Beach to enjoy tasty samples from local area restaurants as well as great live entertainment at the Taste of the Beach!

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Don’t Miss the 18th Annual Taste of the Beach

The 18th Annual Taste of the Beach will be held Sunday April 28, 2013.  More than 20 restaurants will participate along with live on-stage concerts by country rock recording artists Craig Campbell, Brett Eldredge and the Grayson Rogers Band. Gator Country 101.9 and Island Food Group are sponsoring the live music stage from 11:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m.

Restaurants will offer samples of their signature dishes available for purchase and compete for top Taste of the Beach Award honors in the categories of Best Appetizer, Best Dessert, and four awards for Best Entrée. Gates open at 11:00 a.m. and food will be served until 6:00 p.m. Tickets will b

e available on site. Admission is

$5 for adults and children over 12. Children under 12 are free. Food tickets will be $1.00 each, with a $5 average food serving price.

A panel of celebrity judges will award Taste of the Beach Best Taste Awards.  Oversight and balloting for the People’s C

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hoice Award will be done by the Office of Lee County Supervisor of Elections Sharon L. Harrington.  This year’s awards will be announced onstage at 4:00 p.m.

Location:
Old San Carlos Blvd.
Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
Fees/Admission:
$5 Admission for Adults and children over 12

Food tickets are $1 each.

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

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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