Thirsty's Restaurant



 Phone:  (239) 549-6661                       4835 Vincennes St
Cape Coral, FL 33904


Open for Lunch:  Monday - Friday 11:00 a.m. - 02:00 p.m.
Open for Dinner:  Monday - Saturday 04:00 p.m. - 08:00 p.m.
Closed Sunday  Thirsty's Restaurant

About Thirsty's

Cape Coral Dinning
By:  Carol Orr Hartman
July 2013

A Part Of Cape Coral History For Nearly Three Decades

Thirsty’s Restaurant is a Cape Coral institution.  Open continuously for the last 28 years by the same family, it was established by Roger and Carol  McHose.  About a decade later, son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Jody McHose took over the reins.  With the recent closing of the oldest restaurant in Cape Coral, it is believed that thirsty’s takes first place as the longest established restaurant in Cape Coral.

The restaurant still rests in its original location, 4835 Vincennes St., downtown Cape Coral.  It may be located off the main drag of Cape Coral Parkway, but that doesn’t stop this place from being crowded every day for lunch and dinner, visited over and over by frequent guests.  Its longevity is due to the great food and at-home environment the restaurant offers.

Roger and Carol were like many other loyal Cape Coral transplants.  Originally from New Jersey, the McHoses owned a dry cleaning business.  They came down to visit, liked the area and decided to fulfill Roger’s lifelong dream of owning a restaurant.  Their entire family always loved cooking food that “real people” like to eat:  hearty, like you would have at home.

Everything is freshmade, homestyle cooking, reasonably priced, and simple.  According to Jody, “We don’t get involved in things that people don’t understand what they are eating – we prepare basic, simple food that when people look at the menu, they know exactly what they are getting.”

Fish and shrimp platter

This is the food your mother and grandmother used to make or the food you remember from your favorite restaurant growing up.  A different lunch special is offered ever day, priced at an attractive $7.95.

Specials include:  Monday, fried chicken with French fries and coleslaw; Tuesday, fish with crabmeat stuffing, served with veggie shrimp rice and topped with asparagus sauce; Wednesday is always potluck – chef’s choice; Thursday, baked ham and beans with potato salad; Fridays, fish fry with French fries and coleslaw.

Stopping into Thirsty's means having a tasty meal and a great time.


The most popular items on the lunch menu are the fish sandwiches, salad plates, mini-Reubens, a variety of burgers, a great Philly cheese steak and patty melt.

Joe Belanger has been coming to Thirsty's at least once a week for the last 21 years.  His favorites are the salmon, any burger, the lobster tail and the beef stoganoff.

Choices on the lunch menu include homemade soups or salads, and the soup of the day or chili will satisfy those who want a light, hot meal for lunch.  The salads are also very popular, with four to choose from all prices at $7.95 or less.

Check out the many hot dog and hamburger choices, like the Lumpy Burger (Swiss cheese and mushrooms) for a tasteful $5.95, or a classic patty melt for $4.95.  At these prices, you can eat out for lunch every day!  Round that off with a side order of carrot salad, macaroni salad or onion rings, and you’re set for the day.

If coming in for dinner, Thirsty’s evening menu is equally as appetizing and draws you in.

An early bird special from 4 to 5 p.m. consists of two pieces of fish, two pieces of shrimp and two sides for just $7.95.

The late bird (offered all the time) is your choice of two pieces of fish, four shrimp (broiled, blackened or fried). And two sides for $10.95,

Daily dinner specials include Monday, prime rib; Tuesdays, steak and shrimp; Wednesday and Thursday, fresh red salmon; Friday, flounder with crabmeat stuffing topped with asparagus sauce; Saturday, prime rib.

Other popular dinner entrées are the Seafood Vincennes (scallops and shrimp, fresh vegetables and pasta, sautéed with melted mozzarella cheese on top for $14.95) and fresh red salmon with asparagus sauce for $14.95.

All in all, there are 15 savory dinner entrees, all equally tasty and diverse.

How about some frog’s legs or freshly mode crab cakes?  If you can’t decide, try the super seafood platter (a low-priced $16.95) with fish, shrimp, oysters, frog’s legs and clam strips, your choice of broiled or fried.  You also get a choice of two of the tempting side dishes with this entrée.

Or, maybe you just want a simple burger before you hit an evening movie or night on the town.  The average dinner price is $12.95 - with no entrees over $16.95 – it’s a great bargain for delicious food at a great price!


According to Jody, another reason for their success and longevity is “the friendliness of the waitresses and the food – I don’t go through people; waitresses have been here 10 to 20 years.  Our cook has been here for 20 years.  Customers feel at home and we get to know their names and what they like.  Our waitresses will greet regulars by name and they usually know what the regulars order.”

When asked about the percentage of regular customers they have, Jody says, “The majority of our diners are regulars.  It seems once they come the first time, they always come back”

For instance, Nancy and Ed come to three times a week and try different menu items.

Tasty liver and onions.

Bruce Hartman comes for the burgers and says, “They are the best burgers in town.”

Jody is also proud of the groups that frequent Thirsty’s as the place to come after an event or meeting.

“We have all the retired teachers groups. Gulf Coast Village, Jupiter Village, the Red Hat Society, the Sportsman’s Club, and the Art Studio Clubs – they’re all regulars here.”

She is sure to show her appreciation of her customers – each and every one of them.

“We love our customers – you get to really know them and become their friend,” she said.  “We have had three generations of the same families frequent the restaurant on a regular basis.  They first come with their grandparents 20-plus years ago when they visited, then their parents brought them, and now a new generation brings their kids.  With the recent closing of another local restaurant, we believe we are now the oldest restaurant in Cape Coral.”

Jody closes with, “The best part of being in the restaurant business is meeting new people, making friends, and our long-time, wonderful and cheerful staff.  We are a mom-and-pop place, a down-to-earth place to eat – you come as you are, have a great meal and make yourself at home.”

Any time Gene and Diane Rowe visit Cape Coral, stopping into Thirsty's is on their "must do" list.  Accompanied by Cape Coral resident Janice Boyd, these past Cape residents have been coming to Thirsty's since 2000.

Hours to Thirsty’s are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch Monday through Friday, and 4 to 8 p.m. for dinner Monday through Saturday.  For more information, call 239-549-6661.