Casual Dining at Doc's on Bonita Beach
When you live in Bonita Springs, Florida you get a lot of out of town visitors. A lot of the visitors come in the winter for obvious reasons. Our weather is fantastic most of the year but especially so October through May when it is coldest in the Midwestern states. When the visitors come to town there are a few things locals need to have on hand, the name of a few hotels, a gallon of SPF 50 for their guests and a couple of good entertainment and dining ideas.
A fail safe dining plan is to go to Doc's Beach House in Bonita Springs on Bonita Beach. If you're one of the old timers like me, you remember Chuck's Poorhouse. Chuck's is long gone and the site is now a public park but just a few hundred yards to the north is Doc's Beach House.
For starters it offers valet parking on the beach for dining. Not that it's that uppity or snooty but because there is limited parking and they really have to plan that whole thing out. You'll get a spot no matter what is what I'm saying. Space is limited so enjoy the help. Tip your valet too, this isn't a public service. Next, this is a great place to take kids. If your looking for things to do with kids that want to run and play or dig in sand you can:
- Get an outside, gulf side table to watch them.
- Watch from upstairs with a birds eye view.
- Stay downstairs in the dining area and come back to your table when dinner is served.
- Volleyball nets are set up for little and BIG kids to have fun.
- Jet ski and parasail rentals are just behind Doc's on the beach.
There is something for everyone on the menu at Doc's Beach House and they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pizza, sandwiches, the best fried shrimp in town, salads and fish dinners. The restaurant serves casual food so you know casual attire is welcome. The kids can be a little restless, too. It's a little noisy so it won't be noticed.
A head's up in advance, Doc's only takes cash, no credit cards, but there is an ATM onsite. Bring the greenbacks not the plastic backs.
The next time you're in town stop by Doc's Beach House for a bite to eat and watch the sun go down. Don't forget your camera!
If you're planning on visiting Doc's:This is what it looks like behind Doc's, if you're curious.