Just a few miles off the I-75 Punta Gorda exit located  in the quaint downtown area sits River City Grill. We decided to follow the foot traffic to the busiest place. The owner is Doug Amaral, a Culinary Institute of America trained chef who hails from Westport, MA. We received a warm greeting from Mary, Christina and Michael.

You can start your evening with a small plate to share. We had the Boom Boom Shrimp (pictured) it had a nice crunchy outside served in a light tangy sauce and great with a glass of chardonnay.

Other shared plates include: calamari, lettuce wraps, seared tuna, fried oysters on the half shell or baked jumbo half shelf oysters.

Dinner selections may be made from several categories: land, sea,grill or vegetarian.

I went with a grouper grilled to perfection with perfectly cooked vegetables and rice. Jeff had a pork cutlet with all the fixings — mashed potatoes, red cabbage and veggies. Both servings were large and could be shared, especially if you have an appetizer.

The menu has a little bit of everything from meatloaf and pot roast to seared duck, beer battered fish and chips, garlic and herb chicken breast and grilled cauliflower steak with roasted asparagus, humus, roasted red pepper sauce.

There is a full bar and a nice wine list. Service was excellent even on a busy night.