Fall in Fort Myers; The Best Seasonal Dishes and Diners

Fall in Southwest Florida means temperatures drop from the humid 90's into the slightly drier 80’s, and even the 70’s. Locals get giddy pulling out their fashion boots and lightweight long sleeves. Even if it is not as cold here as in other places around the country, you can’t escape the excitement of the season.

It’s a time where anything with pumpkin and spice flies off the menus and the signature pumpkin spice doughnuts at Bennett’s Fresh Roast are no exception. The sweet pumpkin cream filling oozes out with each bite and makes the perfect  compliment to one of the coffee shops freshly roasted brews.

One of the best places to dine on seasonal produces is the Purple Spoon. The owner has a unique relationship with local farmers, hosting special dinners and a weekly market with organic and small production vendors. Eating Smores around the fire pits at Tarpon Bay at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point is a big hit for those with a sweet tooth.

While the landscape is still more green than orange and yellow from the changing foliage, fall is a pleasant time of the year to dine outside day or night, on seasonal goodies, without the fear of sweat or rain showers.

Fort Myers Brewing Company
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While this is not a traditional restaurant by any means, Fort Myers Brewery offers good eats in the form of popular, gourmet food trucks. At least one mobile kitchen is on site every day the brewery is open with a food truck rally every...  Read More



An old favorite downtown location for locals, this space has a fresh coat of paint and a new name. The Downtown Social House, or SOHO for short, is punctuated by exposed brick, a fireplace and a wall of old speakers inside. The outdoor garden is...  Read More

South Fort Myers


While dishes made with apples, pumpkins and squash are certainly popular in Southwest Florida for fall, what people here talk most about, is the opening of stone crab season. And one of the best places to get your fix is at Skip One, a fish...  Read More

Bonita Springs


Tarpon Bay offers casual, yet classy dining in a comfortable Old Key West style house on the grounds of the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point in Bonita Springs. The chef's special for two—14 ounce chateaubriand and 3-pound Maine lobster—is a special...  Read More

Purple Spoon Culinary
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The chef and owner of Purple Spoon, Kristina San Filippo, has a culinary mission of education, knowing where your food comes from and of supporting local farmers and purveyors. She changes her menu based on what comes in that week, what is in...  Read More



Born in Florence, Italy, chef/owner Antonio Durante specializes in simply prepared foods from his homeland. Simple because the ingredients are few but they are of extraordinary quality and assembled in such a way that leaves you begging for...  Read More

South Fort Myers
Fancy's Southern Cafe
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You don't have to go hunting this fall, or travel to a house in the mountains to see the leaves change, just drive to Fancy's Southern Café and sit in the wine bar to get a feel for the season. The occasional taxidermy mingles with rustic...  Read More

Bennett's Fresh Roast
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Bennett's Fresh Roast has a bit of a cult following, off the beaten path in downtown Fort Myers. Owned by a longtime, local radio personality C. David Bennett, his donuts gained international attention on the Cooking Channel's Donut Showdown. A...  Read More

South Fort Myers


A farm to table establishment by popular chef Harold Balink, this intimate space only has room for about 30 diners at a time, many of whom are fans of Balink and know each other. Sometimes it feels like your a guest at a special dinner party,...  Read More



The Farmers Market is the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Lee County, located off the beaten path in an industrial area that you might drive right by. When the temperatures drop and you want a big plate of comforting, seasonal food,...  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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