Toss the Table Service for Take Out in Fort Myers

Dining out in Fort Myers can be quite a delightful experience. But there are times you want to crawl into your PJ’s, put your feet on the furniture and eat like no one is watching. Who says you cant have comfort and gourmet cuisine at the same time, and without dirtying one pan? Take out to the rescue.

The city of Fort Myers is quite spread out. Because space is not an issue, like in many urban cities, most restaurants have ample parking, therefore the number of “true” take-out only establishments are few. Almost any restaurant will box menu items to go, however, not all transfer well.

While some of these 10Best have table service, like Mad Fresh Bistro, many do not. At Mad Fresh you'll find a chef that can be a bit tempramental but still make you swoon over scallops, quinoa and flatbreads. This is gourmet take out at it's finest.

If you're craving comfort food like mac-n-cheese, BBQ and bread pudding, Reuben's Smokehouse is the way to go. The owner has a successful catering business and is an expert when it comes to packaging food to move. The beans with bacon will keep you coming back and the bread pudding is sinful.

So if you've had enough of the hustle and bustle, grab it to go from one of these 10Best and find a quiet spot to eat, wine and unwind.





McCarters BBQ
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Good luck finding McCarters BBQ, there's no sign to mark the spot, just a smoke signal. In fact, you might think you are pulling up to someone's home. McCarters has been dishing up plates of delicious BBQ, a couple blocks east of downtown...  Read More



This downtown Fort Myers sandwich shop is the newest creation from the owners of Downtown Pizza. You'll find quite a large selection of pitas, wraps, paninis and croissants to go. The meat choices include items such as roasted chicken, roasted...  Read More

Happiness Healthy Cafe
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If you're not careful, you might just drive right by this small caf� in an aged strip mall off of the busy US41. The bright interior is a good representation of the lively flavors you'll find in the food, much of which has an Indian...  Read More

Downtown House of Pizza
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For years, the Downtown House of Pizza has been the premier spot to get a late night slice that hangs off the edge of a paper plate. But it's not only the late night crowd who loves these New York-style, hand-tossed pizza. The case is full of...  Read More



This well established Italian Market remodeled its space in the summer of 2013, adding even more room for it's homemade delicacies. The intoxicating smells of garlic, tomato, basil and other spices envelope you the minute you walk in the door,...  Read More

Rene's Restaurant and Catering
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Although it sits on the well-known McGregor Blvd, Rene's might not be the easiest place to find. Positioned almost under the College Parkway Bridge, if you drive by, be sure to turn around a go back, as you will be in for a treat. Serving cafe...  Read More

Mad Fresh Bistro
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The original concept of Mad Fresh was gourmet take out. And while there are some seats at the counter and a few on the floor, if you don't like small and sometimes loud spaces, stick with the take out option. Either way, your taste buds will...  Read More



Bringing Brooklyn-style Italian to Bonita Springs, DeRomo's is huge. You'll find everything you need in this space for a no fuss, family friendly meal. Not only is there a deli full of meats, cheeses and sandwiches, you'll also find brick oven...  Read More

Ada's Natural Market
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Ada's is a family-run health food market that has been in the Fort Myers area since the late 70's. It has changed hands a number of times and briefly shut down before coming back bigger and better than ever. Lots of room has been dedicated in...  Read More

Reuben's Smokehouse
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Reuben's Smokehouse is one of Fort Myers, newest restaurants, an expansion of the owners self titled catering company. Because of the chef's catering experience, he is an expert at giving you great food to go. The fast food is anything but fast...  Read More


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