We stumbled upon Fancy’s Southern Cafe on a recent Road Trip through Ft. Myers, Florida. We had luck on our side for dinner and felt we found a true ‘gem’. The theme is ‘Southern’ and once you step inside, you find a really cool, funky vibe that rivals any South Florida spot. Fancy’s Southern cafe’s décor is unique and interesting, yet manages to feel very comfortable.
We didn’t wait long for a table and were seated in the main dining room. Our server was prompt with drinks and listed off the daily specials and even gave some suggestions.
Fancy’s Southern Café is not the place to go when you are counting calories, carbs or pretty much anything. You need to just go for it and pick one of the tasty ‘comfort-food’ laced dishes.
Frogs Legs appetizer ($8.95). While we both laughed at the thought of the two guys from ‘FoodieFROG’ eating frog legs, we couldn’t pass them up.
Frogs Legs seem to be making a comeback and it’s about time.
These delicate legs do have a taste similar to chicken and this version was lightly fried. The coating was perfect, giving enough seasoning without being overpowering. We also liked the light coating and though it was a great way to start our meal.
Chicken Pot Pie ($14.95). The huge puff pastry set on top of potpie itself was light and really cool looking. The buttery taste of the pastry went well with the smooth creamy filling. The filling was loaded with fresh chicken and veggies and Jeff thought it was definitely worth ordering again. The side of mashed potatoes was a bit of ‘carb’ overload, but they were really tasty and freshly made. The gravy was also very addictive. The collard greens were also a highlight for Jeff and he almost wished he had two servings.
Fried Chicken Dinner ($15.95). We both love fried chicken and are so happy to see that more restaurants are adding it to menus. I always like trying fried chicken at different places and couldn’t pass this one up. The half chicken is served in quarters (leg/thigh & breast/wing) and both were fried to perfection. The crust was seasoned perfectly and was so tasty; I almost didn’t want to have Jeff try any. The meat was juicy and had flavor, which is hard to find. The mac and cheese side was rich and creamy and still hot from the broiler. The only miss on the plate was the black eyed peas as they were a bit too tough.
Fancy’s Southern Café is a true ‘gem’ in Ft. Myers and worth a visit. If you are driving through, try to time a lunch or dinner stop here and you won’t be disappointed. Located at 8890 Salrose Ln, #101, Fort Myers, FL 33912