Ok, it's wasn't Babe's, but that's a really high standard. You have to consider that we ordered Country Fried, not Chicken Fried steak at a Tex Mex restaurant in Florida. To be fair - I'd have to consider the quality of the crab cakes I'd get at Babe's in Dallas.
With that said, Dean's delivered. It was crunchy, tasty and had a good cream gravy. With a side of mashed potatoes and corn, it was a good lunch.
We've been there before for the more traditional fare, and they do a bang-up job of Tex Mex. I'm a fan of the enchiladas, and they have super good rice and beans. My recommendation is to come on a nice day and enjoy the open-air patio. It's worth the drive to Punta Gorda. I'm tempted to try a burger next time.