I don’t really eat anywhere in Arcadia except at my Aunt’s house. She’s an amazing cook. She grew up on a farm in Ohio. On the rare occasion she’s not making something homemade, my cousins and I will wind up at Burger King[xx(] or grabbing BBQ[:p].
There are 3 BBQ places in Arcadia that I know of. All are excellent. Bullz Eye Bbq– on 17 near 70. Slim’s– on 17. And also on 17 there is a guy that sells BBQ out of a beat up trailer, sorry I don’t know the name, but he’s only open a few days a week and only for lunch. He probably has the best BBQ. He’s on 17 headed out of Arcadia towards Nocatee.
For Mexican food in Arcadia, beleive it or not, the gas stations usually have really good homemade food. I don’t think I actually have eaten in a Mexican restaurant in Arcadia. If I did, I don’t remember. I’ve been going to Arcadia since I was a kid.
Out of Arcadia,these are the restaurants we go to.
Capt’n Fishbones– At the shell factory in north Fort Myers on 41. We go here quite a bit for lunch. Their fried fish baskets are fantastic! If you haven’t been to the shell factory, it’s quite a site to see. Don’t miss the Waltzing Waters show. Buy some fudge to snack on at the show. Oh, and don’t forget to stop at the dollar store before you go to the shell factory to pick up a bag of dry cat food to feed the turtles there. It beats trying to find quarters for several kids for a small handful of turtle food. The ducks will also eat the cat food directly out of your hand.
At the mall in Port Charlotte there is a Greek place in the food court that, to me has awesome authentic Greek food.
Also in Port Charlotte Mel’s diner, is pretty good for standard diner fare.
The Fishermen’s Village in Punta Gorda is a touristy place but they have a few good seafood restaurants. It’s also really pretty and there’s shopping in the cute boutiques there.
Pies & Plates– on 41 in Punta Gorda is a great place to grab a sweet snack. Try the Punta Gorda Sand Bar, it’s a blonde brownie that is really good! It’s definetley for those who have a sweet tooth! They also have a restaurant, bakery, gelato, gourmet foods and gadgets and gifts for the kitchen. This is probably my favorite place to go on the west coast and I try to go there every time I’m over that way. It’s a great place for a Foodie![:)]
the place you are thinking of may be called aj’s diner west of us27 somewhere, little country place with lots of truck parking, passed it sunday on way back from manatee, and it was the only place that was packed
Imagine the small world! My last name is Carlton; all of my father’s kin are from Hardee and DeSoto Counties in Central Florida! There’s a skillion of them in those phoneboks.
After my Grandmother Carlton died in 1979, I rather quickly found out that I wasn’t cut out to raise oranges at Route 2, Wauchula! I returned to Georgia and slowly evolved into the entity I am today [kof].
That country-looking eatery you speak of might well be Bair’s Den Truck Stop. Once while we were on vacation, my dad needed to visit Archbold Biological (I think that was the name of it) over in the Lake Placid vicinity. He stopped at Bair’s Den, which I remember as being on Florida 70.
If a person takes I-75 instead and then veers off onto Florida 64, they pass through Zolfo Springs. I’ve been told on good authority that The Pioneer Restaurant at the junction of Fla. 64 and U. S. 17 on the north edge of town is quite a fine piece of old "cracker" Florida.
Do you know of any decent eatery in Arcadia that isn’t a chain or else a beer joint that just happens to serve food? Surely there’s a good country-style place in those parts… or incredible homemade Mexican food.
Cracking My Whip Softly, Ort. Carlton, absent from Florida in Lovely Athens, Georgia.
Not to the casinon…we’re coming from Melbourne to meet up with some friends on Captiva.
There isn’t much to choose from. I take that road from 95 to Arcadia to my family’s house there. It’s a long ride! When I am by myself I usually stop at fast food places like Mcdonald’s or Arby’s. When I am with other people we usually stop at Golden Corral in Okeechobee. If you go south on 441 in Okeechobee there is an RJ Gators and a Clock family restaurant. There’s a bunch of restaurants at the I95-70 intersection.
There is also a restaurant on 70 between Okeechobee and Brighton. I don’t know the name of it and haven’t eaten there. But every time I go past it, the place is packed. It’s a real country looking place.
Are you going to the casino in Brighton?[:)]
We’re traveling from one coast of FL to the other.
Any suggestions for places on Rt. 70, between I-95 & Brighton?
Florida’s Rt. 70
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