Chicken and waffles from Fancy's Southern Cafe. / The News-Press file photo
Q: Looking for some great fried chicken. Donít want to drive to Yoderís in Sarasota. Any restaurant nearby?
A: Three, actually: 1. Farmerís Market Restaurant (2736 Edison Ave., Fort Myers; 334-1687). This is the oldest restaurant in Fort Myers. Monday is fried-chicken day, but you can order it (in all of its shatteringly crisp glory) any day so long as you donít mind a 20-minute wait.
2. Utopia Soul Food Cafe (3069 Dr. MLK Blvd., Fort Myers; 334-2365). This isnít the nicest part of town, but the absolute nicest people work here. And the fried chicken is top-notch Ė even better with a bowl of smoky collard greens.
3. Fancyís Southern Cafe (8890 Salrose Lane, south Fort Myers; 561-2988). Donít let the posh decor and white-coat chefs fool you (you can actually read more about Fancyís chef Daniel Glick in todayís In the Kitchen), this is still very good fried chicken. And they do take on chicken and waffles, served with a buttermilk-caramel glaze. I think Iíve said enough.
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