SWFL Dining and Entertainment

Fun and Food at the Shell Factory!

Entertainment at the Shell Factory in North Fort Myers goes without saying.  There are all kinds of fun family things to do there, and, well one of them is eating.

Capt-n Fishbones!

So, every now and then it is fun to get together with family, and head on over to eat at Capt-n Fishbones, where you will find a menu as long as Florida itself.  It would be impossible for me to talk about the menu as a whole, but let me say, if you don’t find something here that meets your hunger fancy, you aren’t going to find many places that will cater to your feeding desires!

So one of the things that I love the most about living in Florida, is that I like to eat outside.  There are some wonderful places to hang out, have dinner and a drink and relax or even listen to some of the great live entertainment that is prevalent all over south west Florida.  The same goes for Capt-n Fishbones.

Most nights, and on weekends, and practically every night in season, there is live Karaoke and it is fun!  I think it is more fun on weekends, when the audience gets involved and the entertainment steps up a bit.


But I digress!  Back to the meal…

Like I said, I enjoy sitting outside, and the weather is almost perfect down here.   Believe it or not, bugs are not much of an issue, and as long as you can handle the heat, then outside is fun!

I take my wife and sister-in-law out for dinner at least once a week.  It is the one of those things that I look forward to all week long while I’m working, wondering or sitting by the pool!

In all the times that I’ve been here to eat, I have to admit, I’ve never had a bad meal.  The burgers are good, and served to order, and while sometimes, people may say their order was messed up somewhere, it hasn’t happened to us!

Fried Clams came in cooked to taste, served with fries and cold slaw, and which ever dipping sauce you choose.  They were a bit on the dry side, but you will probably have better luck.  Please remember, fried food is not my typical thing, but every once in a while, I do crave it.

If burgers are not your thing, they have a selection of salads, that I can attest to, that are just about made to perfection.  Although, if there is one complaint about the chef’s salad, it was a bit large for me, but really good.

Chef’s specials, check daily, as well as fish, steak and pork are other additions to the menu, and I’ll admit, I haven’t tried them all yet.

The last time we ate there, I had to try the chicken finger dinner plate.  I liked it and for me, it was just the right amount of food.  Sometimes, you go somewhere, and order something, and it get served looking like the child’s menu dish

And, best of all, the drinks are Always Cold!

Now, I’ve never eaten inside the restaurant, my lady friends prefer to eat outside when the opportunity presents itself, but I’ve been told that the atmosphere inside is very nice.  With that said, I’ll look for alternatives to write about in the future, as many of you may prefer to eat inside!

If you’re on a budget, then you’ll be surprised to know that all the meals here are very well priced.  For those of us who like to go out a lot, this is a nice thing!  Trust me!  Meals range from about $6 to $20, some specials may be a bit more, and seafood can push that up just a bit.

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Is there a downside?

Well, I’m sure there is a downside to everything!  LOL!

I only have two things that occasionally bother me when we go there for lunch or dinner.  They are really petty and minor things that may not bother you at all, but sometimes, little things bother me!

First, if you are like we are, and like sitting outside, you will have a great view of the parking lot from half the tables situated outside.  However, if you’re lucky, find yourself a seat at a table near the bar, and get comfy, No parking Lot!

The second thing, well, who am I to speak out about this.  I can’t carry a tune to save my life!  The karaoke can be a bit, loud!  Don’t look at me!  I don’t do karaoke!

What Else?

Well, there is a lot more to do there!  Get there early as most of the attractions shutdown between five and six.  Dinner and Drinks however, are served to 10:00 or 11:00!

There are many kid friendly things there, and a wonderful gift shop that even if you’re a local, is kind of nice to browse around it, and find a special gift for someone special!  The Shell Factory is World Known!  It is one of the last great old school Florida Attractions, alligators and all!

Don’t forget to try the zip line, walk the nature trail, or enjoy a cold beverage in the warm Florida sunshine!


Check out the website for more information:  www.shellfactory.com


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