View from out back of Dean's South of the Border. Photo by me :)

View from out back of Dean's South of the Border. Photo by me :)

To say Dean’s South of the Border in Punta Gorda is a mexican restaurant does not do it justice. While it does have great Mexican food, the shrimp fajitas are the bomb, they create all styles of food very well. Their soups are always a treat, and the variety they serve over the course of a year is very impressive. The wings are great, and I just had the fish and chips dinner special a few nights back, and the next day I had the stuffed sol. They were as good as any I have had. It helps that the owners, Dean and Sandy, take extreme pride in making the place the best it can be and are great people who are very active in the community.

Hurricane Charlie in 2004 destroyed the old building where they were and have since relocated to a much better location. They added an outstanding outdoor bar and dining area where they frequently host live music. Be sure to get there early as it is a Punta Gorda locals favorite.

We are a little biased as Sharon’s sister Rachie is a bartender there. She is beloved by the community for her energetic and welcoming personality. She strives to make everyone feel at home and enjoy their visit. Rachie also makes some of the best tasting and creative drinks you’ll ever find, but in my opinion, nothing beats her margaritas!

Be sure and also visit visit Dean’s NORTH of the Border in Port Charlotte, where they have huge sandwiches, fantastic gourmet pizzas and great calzones!