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Jun 30, 2011 11:08 AM

Dining between Ft. Myers and Captiva Island

I am flying into the airport in Fort Myers on Saturday and then driving to our hotel on Captiva Island. There are going to be 8 adults and 5 children (!) and we are looking for a place to eat between the airport and the hotel -- while I would like the food to be good, we also need it to be relatively quick (the kids are going to have been travelling for a full day and not up for a long sit down meal) and casual. And open to a large party. Flexible as to its location as long as its right off the highway between the airport and our destination.Thanks in advance for any suggestions!

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  1. Depends on the route you take to get there. Off of Daniels there are a lot of chains. Lee Roy Selmon's, Cheeseburger in Paradise, Mimi's. There is a Grimaldi's Pizza in the Bell Tower that's good- very casual and not a long, drawn-out meal. If you take Summerlin, there's Bahama Breeze. It's another chain, but it's pretty consistent.

    You could always eat somewhere on Sanibel. It will take a good 15-20 minutes to get to Captiva from there.

    1. Take the kids to the Bubble Room or the Mucky Duck on Sanibel. There's no highway on Sanibel, and as it's a very narrow island, nothing is really too much out of the way.

      Mucky Duck
      Andy Rosse Ln SW, Captiva, FL 33924

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

      1. there is a Golden Corral on Colonial blvd also...
        they are usually good for large groups...
        usually i can find something good to eat also
        their ribs arent too bad.....

        its the next exit north on 75...iirc

        1. Depending on your time of arrival, I'd skip the recommendations so far and get to the islands quickly. A great place for your meal would be The Island Cow which is on the main road leading to Captiva.

          If you want to eat before then, Cheeseburger in Paradise is quite good and quick and right on the way to the islands. Golden Corral is about 8 miles out of your way and would never be my pick for anything except if you have a 300 pound family member that is hungry. It is an all you can eat sort of place.

          The Pizza place recommended, Grimaldi's, is excellent pizza and packed on weekends. You might have a wait.

          The Mucky Duck and Bubble Room are mid-Captiva island and you will no doubt go to them at least once, although the charms of the Bubble Room are completely lost on me. Have a lovely week in our little paradise.

          1. Kinda-sort-of really worth the trip on the way to Captiva, The Waterfront in St. James City
            Leave the kids in the car (crack the car windows down at least 1") Only kidding the childrens will love it!
            Call ahead regarding your entourage for sitting on the deck/canal.

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            1. re: dwdunn

              Very hot to eat outside right now. Why do you recommend this place? Heat index this afternoon is 110.

              I know where it is and have been there before but several years ago and it didn't register as a place to remember.

              It would be about an hour detour each way from the route to Sanibel/Captiva. Maybe a boat stop for lunch if out fishing? It might be an improvement over Cabbage Key but wouldn't have the beautiful scenery.

              1. re: LilMsFoodie

                Very close to Sanibel, by boat is great! The Waterfront has very good tied up for customers. Check for info Waterfront online for canal. Fish is always from the local boats.
                Cabbage Key is a bus tour.

                1. re: LilMsFoodie

                  By the way, posting this from Lincolnville Beach, Maine. Currently 78 F, Dry
                  I'm a long time fan of Pine Island/Sanibel.