Fort Myers Florida Weekly

THE DISH: Highlights from local menus

Carnitas (above) and a Patron Silver margarita (below) at Iguana Mia.

Carnitas (above) and a Patron Silver margarita (below) at Iguana Mia.

The Dish: Tex-Mex food

The Place: Iguana Mia, 4329 S. Cleveland Ave., Fort Myers; 239-362-0705; (additional locations in Cape Coral and Bonita Springs);

The Price: Patron Silver handmade margarita $15; Carnitas $20.

The Details: Local chain Iguana Mia never fails to delight with its take on Tex-Mex specialties. The restaurant is known for its variety of sauces, serving a plate of four different salsas with the basket of huge house-made tortilla chips that are tortillas cut in half. The fresh salsas include a mild pico de gallo as well as a spicy one loaded with jalapeños, but the star of the selection is the homemade creme fresca, a thin sour cream reminiscent of buttermilk that you’ll want to spoon over every dish you order.

Big enough to share, the Patron Silver handmade margarita features freshly squeezed lime juice, real agave nectar and Cointreau in addition to the top-shelf Patron tequila. Served on the rocks garnished with both orange and lime wheels, it’s your choice whether to salt the rim. This flavorful, well-balanced handcrafted margarita is not overly sweet.



The carnitas feature mild yet savory roast pork, served with finely shredded cheese, diced onions, cilantro, sliced radish, pickled red onion and shredded cabbage, with a wedge of lime. Your choice of four flour or corn tortillas lets you to assemble your own tacos. Sides include choice of pinto or black beans, and yellow or Mexican rice. The yellow is a chicken-based rice, and Mexican is a red tomato-based rice. ¦

— Laura Tichy,

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