Restaurants and Red Sox: Dining near JetBlue Park

In 2010 the Boston Red Sox moved their Spring Training home from the quant, City of Palms Park in the well populated downtown Fort Myers, to the more rural JetBlue Park. The new facility has more space and better dining options on site, but it's also farther from local restaurants and shopping.

Even so, there are still a number of excellent choices within a five to ten minute radios of the so-called Fenway South, just east of Interstate 75.

About four miles from the park, and just west of I-75, there is a cluster of restaurants ranging from Italian (Two Meatballs in the Kitchen) to Asian (Origami). And if you want a little downhome cookin’ like grits, frog legs and meatloaf, try the comfort cuisine at Fancy’s Southern Cafe.

There are also some spots that may seem like an unlikely choice, such as Artisan Gelato by Norman Love, yet this local shop serves much more than refreshing, gourmet frozen treats.

With a range of atmospheres and menus, one of these 10Best dining spots is sure to satisfy your culinary cravings, both before and after the game. 

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 food trucks. At least one mobile kitchen is on site every day the brewery is open, with a popular food truck rally on Thursdays...  Read More



With a motto that reads "come for the food, stay for the sports," Stevie Tomato's serves up big plates and big fun. The kitchen also cranks out Chicago-style dishes like gyros, Italian beef sandwiches and Vienna beef hot dogs and award winning...  Read More

Artisan Gelato by Norman Love
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One of the closest spots for dining outside of the stadium, don't let the gelato title fool you. Established by award winning chocolatier Norman Love, this eatery not only has spectacular gelato, but also a tasty menu full of savory selections....  Read More

Boulevard Tavern
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The Boulevard Tavern is among the closest places to eat outside of JetBlue Park; it's just east of the stadium. Bearing resemblance to an old world pub inside, the bar is spacious and welcoming with a neighborhood feel. There is also a rather...  Read More

Two Meatballs In The Kitchen
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Owner Sal Basile has been at the helm of a number of successful Italian restaurants in Fort Myers and definitely has a following. He is known for great, hand tossed pizza and cranks them out at Two Meatballs. The garlic rolls are infamous but...  Read More



Locals laud Origami for its service, authenticity, creativity and quality of the Asian cuisines served here. If sushi is not your thing, try the Korean BBQ, stir fry or Thai dishes. This restaurant was in an unassuming strip mall for some twenty...  Read More

Fine Folks Pizza
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This inviting, family owned restaurant--just minutes west of the stadium—has an enormous selection of gourmet pizza pies with creative combinations such as broccoli rabe, sausage and chili flakes, sweet corn Bechamel, Philly steak, and...  Read More

South Fort Myers
Fancy's Southern Cafe
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Sometimes in Florida, it can be easy to forget you're still in the South. A trip to Fancy's Southern Cafe will most certainly remind you. "Southern Sophistication" is the name of the game, a theme that includes both food and decor. In fact, the...  Read More

Rock'n Sushi Asian Bistro
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Situated in a business park (five minutes east of the stadium) that bumps up to a golf course, this seems an unlikely spot for a restaurant of any kind. But Rock'n Sushi is just that....rock'n. Not in the rock-n-roll sense, but the sushi sense....  Read More



Located in an old Starbucks building, just east of I-75 on Daniels Parkway, Fat Katz is a fun, local find for Spring Training ticket holders. A popular place year round to catch a game on TV, the indoor bar can get cramped, the outdoor patio is...  Read More


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