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5 places for feeding your crazy family
They’re loud and they know all your secrets. Feed them well.
Blue Dog Bar & Grill : The Pine Island-grown greens and craft beers will appeal to the younger generation, while the wild-caught Gulf seafood and quick service will keep all ages happy. 4597 Pine Island Road, Matlacha; 558-4970; bluedogrestaurant.com
Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen : For those footing the bill of a big gathering, Cheddar’s is hard to beat. The food’s OK and honestly scratch made. And with prices less than $10 across the board, you can afford to invite everyone. 10040 University Plaza Drive, San Carlos Park; 561-3618; cheddars.com
Fort Myers Brewing Co. : You want me to bring my family to a brewery? Yep. Go for the Thursday-night food truck rallies and you’ll have a quartet of local trucks on hand, catering to every possible taste. And there’s plenty of great beer — because nothing goes better with family than booze. 12811 Commerce Lakes Drive, southeast Fort Myers; 313-6576 or fmbrew.com
KJ’s Fresh Grill : Two private areas means even the craziest family can be contained.
The hand-cut steaks, local seafood, and house-infused liquors don’t hurt. 10950 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers; 275-4745; kjsfreshgrill.com
10 Twenty Five : This beer bar and gastropub welcomes everyone. The food — burgers, pot roast, deviled eggs — is nothing too crazy.
But you’ve got plenty of th at already. 1025 Santa Barbara Blvd., Cape Coral; 829-0407; ! cape10twentyfive.com