Sunday, February 1, 2009

Fort Myers' Bistro 41 Review

Bistro 41 has been successful for 12 years at Fort Myers' Bell Tower Shops, south of Saks. Dine indoors or on the patio, the service is prompt. Half of the patio tables were filled by noon. Friendly, knowledgeable Freddie brought a complimentary serving of warm, fresh bread, with olive oil mixed with mild spices and herbs.Just right, to whet the appetite for more. Noting I was alone, he thoughtfully brought a free copy of Fort Myers' Times Weekly. I ordered the ½ Grilled Lobster Melt sandwich for $12. It is well worth it. The toasted wheat berry bread is light, crisp and flavorful. There’s a decent amount of seafood inside. Some strips looked like surimi, however Freddie reassured me that it truly was all lobster meat. The accompanying cup of tomato-parmesan soup is rich, hot in temperature, and lusciously thick. The mixed green salad has a light vinaigrette. Edwin McCain could sing, "I could not ask for more, " about this platter.

Other lunch items include Smoked Salmon croissant with Boursin cheese (13), Oak Grilled Chicken Breast sandwich (12), and Grilled Hanger Steak with gorgonzola cheese (14).

Dinner features Paella (26), Bistro Meatloaf (18), Vodka Penne Pasta (15), and signature Grilled Filet Mignon bacon wrapped, topped with gorgonzola walnut-pesto crust (39). Sides are extra, $5 each, for Stir Fry Veggies, Mashed Potatoes, Steamed Broccolini, or Garlic-Parmesan Fries. You’re in good hands with General Manager Cindie Barker, who's been there for ~10 years, and Executive Chef Reiner Drygala. Nearby, Bacchus was also half full. Cru, with its revamped menu offerings, was empty, and Cantina Laredo was busy. For a beautiful day in season, there just were not many people walking the Bell Tower shops. Bistro 41 has live acoustic jam Friday nights from 8-11 pm, with Jeff Lyons. Check it out. Twelve years of success says a lot in this town.

Bistro 41, 13499 S Cleveland Ave # 143, Ft Myers, FL, 466-4141

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