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Farmers Market Restaurant

2736 Edison Avenue, Fort Myers, FL - (239) 334-1687
Posted By Cliff Strutz on 3/13/2014 2:08:00 PM
If you want to see what Fort Myers, Florida was like before the strip malls and huge housing developments sprang up, head on over to the Farmers Market Restaurant. It is located just outside the downtown area, next to the State Farmers Market and has been in business since 1952. The house motto is, "Put the Taste of the South in Your Mouth!"

Open three meals a day, seven days a week, I like it best for lunch. They have a wide array of meats to choose from. The meatloaf is a thick slice of comfort food covered in brown gravy, but our favorite is the catfish. It is served boneless, the sweet, flaky meat encased in a delicate, thin crust. One of these days, we are going to get around to trying the ham hocks, the country fried pork chops or the chicken livers and gizzards.

No matter what meat you choose, you get three vegetables and they are well seasoned Southern classics. Among the vegetables we have enjoyed over the years is the limp, flavorful steamed cabbage, wickedly crunchy fried okra, real mashed potatoes, slightly bitter and earthy collard greens and not quite as bitter mustard greens. The best of the vegetables is the field peas. Cooked in pork juice, the peas are firm, irresistibly fresh, with snaps and small bits of pork mixed in.

Farmers Market Restaurant also makes their own pies. The chocolate or the coconut cream pies aren't world-class, but the meringues are tall, the fillings nice and custardy. The signature pie is the strawberry. Unlike most strawberry pies, which are runny or a gelatinous mess, the slices here hold together and are so densely packed with sweet fruit, it is impossible to take a bite without ending up with at least a quarter of a whole berry.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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A classic meat-and-three plate, with fried catfish, fried okra, fried green tomatoes and collard greens.
"A classic meat-and-three plate, with fried catfish, fried okra, fried green tomatoes and collard greens."
Cliff Strutz





The strawberry pie is a thing of beauty!
"The strawberry pie is a thing of beauty!"
Cliff Strutz


The breads are also made in house and we especially like the crumbly, sweet corn muffins.
"The breads are also made in house and we especially like the crumbly, sweet corn muffins."
Cliff Strutz


Both the steamed cabbage and mustard greens are worthwhile contenders, but the field peas with snaps is the star of every vegetable plate.
"Both the steamed cabbage and mustard greens are worthwhile contenders, but the field peas with snaps is the star of every vegetable plate."
Cliff Strutz


Chocolate pie, with the tall, white meringue.
"Chocolate pie, with the tall, white meringue."
Cliff Strutz


On my most recent visit, a waitress came over and extolled the virtues of the strawberry pie while I gazed wistfully at the pie case.
"On my most recent visit, a waitress came over and extolled the virtues of the strawberry pie while I gazed wistfully at the pie case."
Cliff Strutz


Not a fan of Southern food, my nephew went for the cheeseburger, which he said was quite good.
"Not a fan of Southern food, my nephew went for the cheeseburger, which he said was quite good."
Cliff Strutz


They have both sweet tea for the locals and unsweet tea for the snowbirds.
"They have both sweet tea for the locals and unsweet tea for the snowbirds."
Cliff Strutz


We would have preferred more slivers of fresh coconut in this slice of pie, but I was still a satisfying way to end a meal.
"We would have preferred more slivers of fresh coconut in this slice of pie, but I was still a satisfying way to end a meal."
Cliff Strutz


The house motto!
"The house motto!"
Cliff Strutz


After over 60 years, Farmers Market Restaurant remains the place for locals near downtown Fort Myers
"After over 60 years, Farmers Market Restaurant remains the place for locals near downtown Fort Myers"
Cliff Strutz



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