Photo credit to Jeff on the Road.

As a father of two preschoolers and another one on the way, Kevin Yankow doesn’t even attempt to dine out with his family during peak season.

“You can easily be waiting 45 minutes to sit down,” says the owner of Key Real Estate. “Not every restaurant has a good plan to occupy a 3-year-old and a 5-year-old.” Summertime offers the Yankees an opportunity to get into their favorite restaurants – Marsala’s, Outback Steakhouse, and Carrabba’s – without a wait. They also venture to new restaurants during the summer.

“Estero has so many dining options with the three large malls, you could probably eat at a different restaurant every day of the year,” Yankow says. While a few local eateries choose to close down for the summer, others capitalize on full-time residents’ appetite for good food without the wait. Summertime can be the perfect time for families and couples to grab a deal on a high-quality meal. Here are some of the best restaurant deals around Estero this summer…

BAR LOUIE

Gulf Coast Town Center

$1 Burger Night: Every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to close.Wednesday is $1 beer all day.

BISTRO 41

Bell Tower Shops, 13499 S. Cleveland Ave.

BAYFRONT BISTRO

Snook Bight Marina, 4761 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach

Summer Rebate Offer: Receive 50 percent off the dollars spent on food and beverage purchase at
Bayfront Bistro or Bistro 41, to be used as a rebate toward your next meal at the sister restaurant. Must be used within seven days of initial dining date. Max rebate is $50.

Summer Lunch Specials: $10.95, includes a beverage.

41 Special (4-6:30 p.m.): $41 dinner for two, which includes two salads, two entrees, two desserts, and $20 off a bottle of wine. Add an appetizer to the 41 Special for half price.

BIG HICKORY GRILLE

26107 Hickory Blvd., Bonita Springs

Wednesdays: Fish Taco Fiesta, with $3 fi sh tacos.Order as many as you like.

Thursdays: Peel and eat shrimp, $9.99 for a half-pound; $17.99 for one pound.

Fridays: All-you-can-eat fi sh fry, $12.99 for the flaky white basa fingers, $12.99 for grouper fingers.

Sunday night: Prime rib feast. Certifi ed Angus prime rib with sides: 8 ounces for $22 or 12 ounces for $30. Add an 8-ounce lobster tail for $22.

CIRELLA’S

25265 Chamber of Commerce Dr., Bonita Springs (closed Sundays)

Tuesday Pasta Night: Buy a large pasta, get a small pasta free, 4-6 p.m.

Wednesday Pizza Night: Half-price pizza from 4-6 p.m.

Thursday Ladies Night: Half-price ladies entrees,$21 max, 4-6 p.m.

Happy Hour Monday-Friday: Half-price domestic bottled beer, house wines, and well cocktails, 4-6 p.m.

FIGS GRILLE

25987 S. Tamiami Trail, Bonita Springs

40 percent off with coupon.

STIR CRAZY

Coconut Point Mall

Happy Hour 3-7 p.m.: $4 appetizers and half-price drinks.

SEASONS 52

8930 Tamiami Trail North, Naples
(reservations: 239-594-8852)

Flights & Flatbreads: A glass of select wine with your choice of signature flatbread for $15, 11:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

SUNSHINE GRILLE

8700 Gladiolus Drive, Fort Myers

Weekday Power Lunches: All under $10 and served quickly for dining in less than 45 minutes.

Happy Hour: Half price drinks daily from 11 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

Estero Lifestyle Magazine WINE LOVERS DISCOUNT: Present the Sunshine Grille article (April issue or online at www.esterolifestylemag.com) and get 20 percent off a bottle of wine over $40 (with purchase of two dinner entrees).