Although long marked as an area filled with chains that cater to snowbirds and retirees, Port Charlotte is host to some of the best restaurants in southwest Florida. Local spots produce a pleasant mix of fine-dining, global food and hearty, southern plates. Here’s our guide to dining out at one of the best restaurants in Port Charlotte.
The Perfect Caper serves an interesting mix of upscale dishes and gourmet takes on local favorites. Seared foie gras and Moroccan spiced lamb appear next to fried chicken and lobster mac ‘n cheese. For one of the most high-profile dining experiences in the area, it’s got to be The Perfect Caper.
In remembrance of the storm that ravaged the area in 2004, Hurricane Charley’s provides an extensive menu and an incredible harbor setting. Located in the Waterfront Hotel overlooking Charlotte Harbor, Charley’s includes both an indoor dining area and outdoor tiki bar, which has a full menu and nightly entertainment. Enjoy jambalaya, crawfish or a grouper sandwich while sipping on a tropical drink and watching the sun go down on the harbor. Charley’s also serves burgers, sushi and a satisfying late night menu.
Sam’s Subs is a local lunch spot that serves house soups, salads, and sandwiches unmatched by any chain. For a quick bite that doesn’t skimp on quality, enjoy homemade chicken and dumpling soup or cheeseburger chowder, with one of the best burgers in Port Charlotte, or a tasty reuben. Cheap and generous portions keep locals coming back. East-coast transplants will appreciate Philly cheese steak and chicken parm sandwiches, making Sam’s an unexpected find in Port Charlotte.
Sam’s Subs, 21320 Gertrude Ave, Port Charlotte, FL, USA +941 743 7871