The busy area around Times Square has fast-food joints to augment several local restaurants catering to the beach crowd. The best of these is the Beach Pierside Grill, on the beach at the foot of Lynn Hall Memorial Pier (tel. 239/765-7800;, a pub with blond-wood trim and vivid colors whose greatest asset isn't the food, but the views. It opens onto a large beachside patio with dining at umbrella tables, outstanding sunsets, and live bands playing at night. The reasonably priced fare is a catchall of conch fritters, shrimp and fish baskets, burgers, and seafood main courses. Reservations are accepted; food is served daily from 11am to 11pm.

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