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Mar 21, 2010 07:21 AM

Philly hounds heading to Sanibel Island & Ft Myers - recs needed please

My sister and I are heading to Sanibel/Ft Myers this weekend are in search of some places to try. I've already booked reservations at Sweet Melissa's for Sat night. My sister is dying for Shrimp and Grits..any recs on where to go for this? Any must try spots? Open to all types of food!

Sweet Melissa's Cafe
1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33597

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  1. Food on Sanibel & Captiva is mostly only "okay". Sweet Melissa's is an excellent choice. Also (if you don't mind spending), I've had a couple of really top-notch dinners at the Mad Hatter on Sanibel (along with beautiful sunset views). I've been going to McT's Shrimp House & Tavern for basic seafood (fried grouper, shrimp, etc.) and cold beer on most visits over the past 20 gets mixed reviews online, but I think it's better than most other seafood shacks of its ilk on Sanibel. Also check out The Bubble Room on Captiva for fun decor and one of their mammoth desserts (but skip having dinner there).

    I also always hit the Lighthouse Cafe for breakfast at least once. They bill themselves as serving the "World's Best Breakfast" (which they don't...but it is pretty solid, and I really like their Seafood Benedict).

    Mad Hatter Restaurant
    6460 Sanibel Captiva Rd, Sanibel, FL 33957

    Sweet Melissa's Cafe
    1625 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel, FL 33597

    The Bubble Room Restaurant
    15001 Captiva Dr, Captiva, FL 33924

    1. For Shrimp and Grits, go to Crave, 12901 McGregor Boulevard in Fort Myers. Phone 239-466-4663. Located near the base of the Cape Coral Bridge. They are renowned for their home style meals.

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      1. re: MartiniGenie

        The Shrimp and Grits at Crave are to die for! They are so good. Don't miss trying them.

      2. I adore Sanibel Island and own two vacation rental properties on Island....BUT, I can't say that there are a plethora of great restaurants. When on island we do most of the cooking at our places as my husband is a great cook!

        That said, for a nice night out we have never been disappointed at The Thistle Lodge at Casa Ybel. For a quick meal, we enjoy the Lazy Flamingo, the one on Santiva and close to our vacation rental properties. And, for breakfast we like both Amy's Over Easy Cafe and the little cafe in the supermarket, Jerry's.

        Over Easy Cafe
        630 Tarpon Bay Rd Unit 1, Sanibel, FL 33957

        Lazy Flamingo
        6520 Pine Ave Ste C, Sanibel, FL 33957

        1. we like traders on sanibel. a more varied menu than many places and have had consistently good luck there over the past 10 yrs or so. For breakfast you can't go wrong w/ the sanibel cafe. we prefer it to either the lighthouse or amys. Headed back down over Memorial Day and can't wait. You'll love sanibel

          1. We've had a couple of good, casual meals at Doc Fords's


            DOC Fords
            975 Rabbit Rd Ste C, Sanibel, FL 33957