My bf and I were back up in Fort Myers this weekend. On our way back, we decided to take the scenic route which is a stretch called Tamiami Trail that cuts straight across the Everglades and connects Miami to the Gulf Coast.
I can only describe this rustic, two lane road as pure serenity. A paint-by-numbers landscape of lush greenery with an array of herons swooping through the sky.
Smack in the middle of the trail, we stopped at this tiny eatery called Joanie’s Blue Crab Cafe. We ordered fried green tomatoes and the Swamp Combo – gator, frog legs and crab cakes! I know you must be thinking gator and frog legs?! but it was absolutely yummy (both taste just like chicken)!
I love the hokiness of the “Thank you” portrait.
The cafe has a very eclectic decor with plastic bottles turned into lanterns hanging from the ceiling, as well colorful postcards stapled to the wooden beams. The walls are covered with pretty paintings and photography by local artists.
After having lunch, we snooped outside and discovered two gators wading in the swamp behind the cafe. For a second, I was overwhelmed with guilt that I might have feasted on one of their gator cousins, but the swamp girl in me quickly shrugged it off. After all, it won’t be the last time I eat gator!
What’s the craziest thing you’ve eaten? Send me a hello! Sue