Driving along the coastline near Fort Myers beach, we came across a cute shack-looking restaurant called Pinchers with a large crab image out front. Since we were starving by that point, we figured we’d give the place a shot.
The menu seemed mass-produced, and with a quick Google search I realized we were at a pretty popular chain restaurant of the area. Didn’t matter at that point, we just ordered a drink and browsed the menu.
Only after ordering did we notice the interesting choice of decor hanging from the ceiling. From what initially appeared to be a seafood-themed Applebees/Friday’s, it started to look more like a seafood-themed Frat party.
For our first appetizer we got the Fried Calamari. Nothing to write home about, but appreciate the light breading that most restaurants typically overload.
Next was the Hot Crab and Cheese Dip. It was good, but like, how could you go wrong with any type of cheesy dip?
To add some flavor to the calamari, we learned it was tastier as a vehicle to hold the cheese dip.
Stephen ordered the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake Sandwich. On the menu it states that it is “hand-picked fresh so be careful you may get some shell”. While most people would find that appalling, I thought it was lovely to finally have a fresh crab patty not made with that canned nonsense.
I’m not just saying this, but it really was jam-packed with fresh crab meat in there. The toasted bun and side of stone mustard was all it really needed.
I ordered Tony’s Big Fish Sandwich, which was really just a huge heaping pile of lightly fried white flaky fish on a hoagie roll. My sides of choice was the baked beans and coleslaw- good choices.
The seafood at Pincher’s was surprisingly much better than expected. Nothing was greasy or fishy smelling, and everything was tasty. Might have to come back again and try the more “Crabtastic” (as they call it) menu items.
Address: 18100 San Carlos Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931