Cape Coral, Florida – a town with mostly chain restaurants and lots of enclosed backyards (which is supposedly because of the bugs, but I’ll err on the side of alligators). My boyfriend and I spent a week here just for a random vacation at a beautiful house. I wasn’t necessarily looking for restaurants to eat at during our stay, but then I saw a Bonefish Grill was nearby.
Bonefish- it sounded so familiar. Then I realized why I’ve heard it so much; there are nearby locations on both Long Island and in New Jersey. Every mention of Bonefish was how amazing their seafood was, and how lovely the ambiance was, so I clearly had to drag Stephen to take me there.
We started with some fancy cocktails, because that’s what Floridians do, right? They wear Hawaiian t-shirts, eat dinner at 5pm, and complain about the traffic in New York the last time they were there. Or am I thinking of all the elder transplant New Yorkers now in Florida?
So apparently Bonefish is known for their “Bang Bang Shrimp” appetizer. It was very tasty, and I can get behind the hype. It’s basically a mix of everything in one bite – creamy yet crispy, spicy yet sweet.
This dish is so popular, in fact, that there are numerous knockoff recipes online to replicate the same dish at home. Not gonna lie, may have to dabble with these recipes for some homemade Bang Bang Shrimp.
I believe this was one of the specials at the time, so I’m not really sure what it was. But some type of delicately pan-seared white fish with spinach, crab meat, and cheese on top. Oh yes, it worked.
Then came the beauty of all beauties – the Half Pound Wagyu Beef Burger. It came with cheddar cheese and a special sauce, but we went all in and added the bacon, avocado, and grilled mushrooms.
The wagyu beef, although slightly lost in this massive burger of our own doing, was still delectable and everything I could have dreamed of. I never would have expected such a top-notch burger for a well-known seafood joint, but I’m happy with our outcome. Maybe next time we’re on Long Island we’ll have to make a stop by to their Bonefish.
Address: 900 SW Pine Island Rd, Cape Coral, FL