Din­ing Guide

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TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in this guide is up to date. How­ever, we still en­cour­age our readers to call ahead for de­tailed in­for­ma­tion and/or reser­va­tions be­fore vis­it­ing these lo­cal estab­lish­ments.

KEY B Break­fast L Lunch D Din­ner SB Sun­day Brunch


BLUE GI­RAFFE Ca­sual Ex­cel­lence. Af­ter a re­lax­ing day on the beach or brows­ing Sani­bel’s nu­mer­ous shops, it’s time to treat your­self to some de­li­cious, is­landin­spired food. Sit at hand-painted ta­bles in­side, or en­joy the gar­den at­mos­phere of Peri­win­kle Place and sam­ple our Cuban Sand­wich for lunch—it’s an Is­land fa­vorite! There’s some­thing for ev­ery­one on our din­ner menu, in­clud­ing our Sig­na­ture Gi­raffe Cake Din­ner, fea­tur­ing pan-seared crab cakes topped with mango salsa, chipo­tle cream and sweet chili glaze. Our break­fast menu of­fers a tempt­ing va­ri­ety of omelets and pan­cakes, or you can try the Fish­er­man’s Bene­dict: two English muffins topped with poached eggs, salmon, spinach and grilled toma­toes topped with Key lime hol­landaise sauce. Come see why the lo­cals love us! BLD

2075 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, blue­gi­raffe­sani­bel.com

DOC FORD’S SANI­BEL RUM BAR & GRILLE Novel Cui­sine. Lo­cal res­tau­rant folk joined with South­west Florida nov­el­ist Randy Wayne White to de­velop a res­tau­rant based on a fic­tional char­ac­ter, and it’s a best-seller! The menu of­fers sand­wiches, sal­ads and en­treés. Don’t skip the mo­jito. LD

2500 Is­land Inn Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-8311, doc­fordssani­bel.com

THE DUNES Not a Mem­ber? Not a Prob­lem! The menu is clas­sic with an in­spired twist. Try the sig­na­ture lump crab bisque, the East­ern, Western or South­ern Burger, crisp em­panadas with pulled beef or the seared cow­boy steak. LD

949 Sand Cas­tle Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-3355, dunes­golf­sani­bel.com

THE IS­LAND COW Bovine Bounty. With a mas­sive menu that fea­tures every­thing from omelets to fish to pasta, this is no beef joint, de­spite the cow ref­er­ences. The fish din­ners are a good choice, un­less it’s break­fast, when you might con­sider the Loaded Seafood Omelet. Check out the new full bar, of­fer­ing trop­i­cal cock­tails and sig­na­ture drinks, in­clud­ing their home­made White Mango San­gria! BLD

2163 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-0606, sani­belis­land­cow.com

IS­LAND PIZZA A Slice of Paradise. A tasty tra­di­tion on the is­land for more than 20 years. Pizza just the way you want it, and be sure to tr y the fa­mous “Crusty Curl Crust.” Pasta, cal­zone and salad are also pop­u­lar. You might try cala­mari or br­uschetta for an ap­pe­tizer, and don’t miss the daily happy hour. LD

1619 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1581, is­land­pizza.net

LAZY FLAMINGO Cold Beer, Raw Bar. Come try the plumpest raw oys­ters, steam­ing hot-spiced peel-and-eat shrimp, fresh grouper and in­cen­diar y Dead Par­rot Wings. The reg­u­lar hot buf­falo wings are your best bet. LD

Four lo­ca­tions: 6520-C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239472-5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-4726939; 12951 Mc­Gre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239476-9000; and water­front at 16501-B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239-283-5959, lazyflamingo.com

LIGHT­HOUSE CAFÉ The World’s Best Break­fast. Res­i­dents and vis­i­tors have been en­joy­ing this Sani­bel clas­sic for six decades, and it’s easy to see why. Start your day with an Ocean Frit­tata: sea­soned shrimp, scal­lops and crab­meat, sautéed with broc­coli and fresh mush­rooms and topped with an ar­ti­choke heart and our creamy Al­fredo sauce, or tr y Light­house Lo­cal Grouper Plat­ter for din­ner , as you view the pic­tures of our his­toric light­house that line the walls. Call-ahead seat­ing is avail­able. BLD

362 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-0303, light­house­cafe.com

MATZA­LUNA Well-Smoked Ital­ian. The Five Cheese with Gor­gonzola, ri­cotta, spinach and ar­ti­choke hearts is just one of the pop­u­lar wood-fired piz­zas. Fresh pas­tas, chicken, seafood and veal round out the menu. D

1200 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1998, matza­luna.net

“Peo­ple who love to eat are al­ways the best peo­ple.” – Ju­lia Child

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