Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Lee Roy Selmon's - Your Home Away From Home for Wonderful Southern Comfort food
I’ve a life long love affair with Southern food. Lee Roy Selmon’s comfort food touches a special place in many Southern heart of hearts. I grew up with the world’s best fried chicken made by Eunice Mayberry. In my early teens, I grew taller and ran fast with a daily diet of grits, venison, boar, fruit cobblers and all types of Southern style vegetables-cooked with butter, ham hocks and rich spicing. The past few weeks I have been savoring Edna Lewis’s The Taste of Country Cooking, and Virginia Willis’ Bon Appetit, Y’al." I recently had lunch at the Farmers Market Restaurant in Fort Myers, and tasted half a dozen Country delights!. I can get seriously homesick for Southern cooking. The real cure comes when a handful of friends schedule dinner at Fort Myers at Lee Roy Selmon’s. Hellelujah! Serious eats!
Dinner starts with a tall cool glass of sweet tea for one friend. I love the John Daly, a tall mix of firefly Sweet Tea Vodka and lemonade for $4.99. Light and refreshing, I favor it over the sweet tea. I also enjoy the All-Pro Margarita with Sauza Premium gold Tequila for, get this, only $3.50!
We start light with the chicken tacos, served juicy hot and tender.
Pulled pork sliders or the smoked brisket sliders (3 for $6.49) have tender meat drizzled with Selmon’s molasses- based sweet Kansas City BBQ sauce, then topped with apple jack coleslaw. The Kansas City sauce has its sweetness from caramelized onions and molasses. I prefer the pork sliders; Texans might prefer the luscious brisket. Different strokes….
This visit I didn’t have the citrus glazed salmon. I’ve had it twice before. I’m here to tell you that it’s one of my top dishes, along with the heavenly tender and juicy Selmon brothers’ smoked wings, with their crispy slightly charred outside The smoked chicken salad or the chopped salad are take-home favorites at $9.99, enough to cover two meals..
Lee Roy’s customers, especially during summer, wanted a tasty and lighter meal all around so LRS started creative salads. Have a mahi mahi or tuna dinner one night, and the steak on another, for healthy variety. Your mom would be proud as you finish the salad part!
Dynamite mahi mahi sandwich has tempura fried fish topped with lump crab dynamite sauce, with mayo and wasabi. It’s full of taste for $10.
Orange ginger glazed grilled chicken breast sandwich (7.50) is light with pepper jack cheese, roasted green peppers , bibb lettuce, frizzled onions and orange-glaze dipping sauce on the side. I like the spiciness of the dipping sauce.
I like a lighter meal in the fall, and don’t want to cook as much at home as I do in the busy tourist season. This is my “to go” dining spot when I’m in Fort Myers for quality, price and taste. It’a pleasure to come here and have a variety to choose from.
Managing Partner Greg Stamper stopped by during the meal. He’s got a friendly manner and a great memory of folks-he quickly can tell the newcomers from the veterans at any table in the house. I recognized some servers, some of them can remember what you ordered even several months later. It’s the same faces since my first visit 2 years ago. There’s a team work at play here. Servers pay attention to details, and you benefit.
5056 Daniels Parkway, 690-3287, leeroyselmons.com/