Home Run Dining near Hammond Stadium and Minnesota Twins Games

Spring Training is one of the most popular activities in Southwest Florida and fans of baseball love the friendly greetings that they get at Hammond Stadium, where the Minnesota Twins play. The stadium has a fun Beer Garden and has recently undergone some renovations. And while the food options are appropriate for a ballpark, you may want something more substantial either before or after the game.

Sitting just off of the busy Daniels Parkway, Hammond Stadium is reasonably close to almost any kind of atmosphere and/or cuisine you might be craving.

In fact you can see a strip mall just past the outfield, where you’ll find the popular local sports bar, Pott’s. If you want to watch more sporting events on TV and get enjoyable bar food, this is a great place to land.

It is always possible you’ve had enough of the sports scene and are looking for a place with a little more sophistication, but also a spot where your casual attire will be welcomed. Head to The Bell Tower Shops where you will find lots of dining, including Cru and DaRuMa where gourmet cuisine is served.

These 10Best options are within a five to ten minute drive from Hammond Stadium. Once you clear the parking lot, head back towards Daniels Parkway. All of the options listed, with the exception of Fancy's, will be in a westerly direction.

Patinella's Chicken Grill
Photo courtesy of Doug Heslep

Patinella's is a no frills rice bowl place that also serves good gyros. In fact, you can create your own, beginning with the traditional Greek, a Chicken Caesar or even BBQ. The rice bowls here are inspired by almost every type of cuisine;...  Read More

Pott's is a classic hole-in-the-wall sports bar and a long time favorite for locals to both watch sporting events and also gather before or after the Twin's games. This is the closest bar to the stadium, located in the corner of a strip mall...  Read More

Just the smell of European American Baking Company will make you ravenous; fresh baked breads and sweets, made from scratch everyday. This breakfast and lunch spot, three miles from the stadium, is a great choice for gourmet goods before the...  Read More

The Shrimp Shack serves much more than shrimp. Besides oysters, crabs, fish, calamari and clams, you can also find pork, chicken and steak. This locally owned restaurant gets rave reviews on its New England style seafood, including the chowder....  Read More

South Fort Myers
Fancy's Southern Cafe
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Sometimes in Florida, it can be easy to forget you're even in the South. A trip to Fancy's Southern Cafe will most certainly remind you. "Southern Sophistication" is the name of the game at Fancy's. Its rustic decor cleverly uses old doors,...  Read More

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DaRuMa is a more sophisticated spot for dining after the game but perfect for large parties who want the classic entertainment found at hibachi tables. And during Spring Training, casual dress is almost always acceptable. The chefs at DaRuMa are...  Read More

This restaurant is just minutes from Hammond Stadium, situated in the corner of a strip mall that sits far enough off of the main road (Daniels Parkway) to make you strain a bit to see. Formerly in Bonita Springs, Thai Star moved to Fort Myers...  Read More

Some of the best homestyle Italian cooking can be found at Nino's, with portions big enough to take back to your room for later. Owner Graziano Buccini has been dishing out his hot pastas, pizzas and other specialties in Fort Myers for more than...  Read More

CRU Restaurant
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Even though Cru is one of the places to see and be seen in Fort Myers, it does have a casual side. It's really a three-in-one spot with a classy dining room, a hip inside bar with house music and a laid back outdoor space with bar tenders...  Read More

Football Hall of Famer Leroy Selmon loved to eat southern cookin' with a dose of soul. The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer also loved sports so he combined those passions, opening his first restaurant in 2000. The Fort Myers location is one of eight...  Read More


Meet Gina Birch

Gina carries the rare title of "Native Floridian". Living in Southwest Florida for 22 years, she is a well known, award winning radio and TV personality. 

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