Fodor's Expert Review Rod and Gun Club

$$$ Everglades City Seafood

Striking, polished pecky-cypress woodwork in this historic building dates from the 1920s, when wealthy hunters, anglers, and yachting parties arrived for the winter season. Fresh seafood dominates, from stone crab in season (October 15–May 15) to a surf-and-turf combo of steak and grouper or a swamp-and-turf duet of frogs' legs and steak, or pasta pairings. Presidents Hoover, Roosevelt, Truman, Eisenhower, and Nixon stopped by here, as have Ernest Hemingway, Burt Reynolds, and Mick Jagger. The main dining room holds overflow from the expansive screened porch overlooking the river. Like life in general here, friendly servers move slowly and upkeep is minimal. For $14.95 you can have your own catch fried, broiled, or blackened, served with salad, veggies, and potato. Pie choices are key lime and chocolate–peanut butter. Separate checks are discouraged at this cash-only venue, and there's a $5 plate-sharing charge. Yesteryear's main lobby is well worth a look—even if you're eating elsewhere. Arrive by boat or land.

Seafood Historical Casual Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

200 Riverside Dr.
Everglades City, Florida  34139, USA

239-695–2101

www.everglades-rodandgun.com

Known For:
  • Languorous service
  • Will do you-catch-we cook
  • Cash only
Restaurant Details:
Sometimes shuts down in summer. Call ahead

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