For a Florida seafood experience that dates all the way back to 1937, you can't beat a stop at this original fish market in Fort Myers. The Dixie Fish Co. was once the delivery site for all manner of scallops, clams, snapper and oysters. Today, however, it’s a bustling restaurant, where people pack in for waterfront views, salty air, and fruits of the sea. Most nights, live music accompanies menu favorites like smoked fish dip, whole fried fish, calamari, and snapper fresh from the Gulf.
Southwest Florida has many fun and delicious restaurants on the water and even right on the beach. One of those is a favorite of mine called the Dixie Fish Company near the bridge that leads to Fort Myers Beach. The old Florida Fish Camp style is a comfortable atmosphere right on the water. The covered but open-air restaurant is cool and shaded, and serves up fresh seafood and other favorites while you sit back and watch the shrimp boats leave the harbor from Matanzas Pass.