Sani­bel

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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, is­land-in­spired food. Sit at hand-painted ta­bles in­side, or en­joy the gar­den at­mos­phere of Peri­win­kle Place and sam­ple our Blue Gi­raffe Fish Ta­cos or Chicken Panini for lunch, or come for din­ner and try the Co­conut Mahi-Mahi―truly a treat! Our break­fast menu of­fers a tempt­ing va­ri­ety of omelets and pan­cakes, or you can try Eggs Nan­tua: two poached eggs on top of a crispy crab cake, topped with 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 en­trees. Don’t skip the mo­jito. LD

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

THE JACARANDA

Lo­cal Leg­end. It’s a ro­man­tic, in­ti­mate din­ner house; a re­laxed, open-air gath­er­ing place and an en­er­getic nightspot, all in one. Food ranges from splen­did seafood in­side to tasty burg­ers

and sand­wiches in the lounge, where there’s live en­ter­tain­ment nightly. D

1223 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1771, jacaran­daon­sani­bel.com

PINOC­CHIO’S ICE CREAM AND GEPPETTO’S BEACH FOOD­IES

The In­sti­tu­tion. A Sani­bel tra­di­tion since 1980, Pinoc­chio’s hand­crafts all their frozen con­fec­tions daily right in their Sani­bel store in small batches. This mecca for ice cream food­ies of­fers a va­ri­ety sure to please all palates in­clud­ing ice cream, gelato, sor­bet, sher­bet, frozen yo­gurts and Ital­ian cus­tards from their 130+ fla­vor reper­toire, served in gen­er­ous por­tions. Stop in for their sig­na­ture Sani­bel Krunch or Dirty Sand Dol­lar. Geppetto’s Beach Food­ies is the sis­ter gourmet shop lo­cated next to Pinoc­chio’s sur­prises with au­then­tic crois­sant bak­ing.

362 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-6566, pinoc­chiosice­cream.com

SWEET MELISSA’S CAFE

Good Thing, Small Pack­ages. Chef Melissa Tal­mage pre­pares en­trees in full and pe­tite por­tions, giv­ing din­ers the op­tion to sam­ple mul­ti­ple dishes, such as seared duck breast and oven roasted co­bia. LD

1625 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1956, sweet­melis­sas­cafe.com

THIS­TLE LODGE

Vic­to­rian Ren­dezvous. Cre­ative cui­sine such as black grouper, oven-roasted co­quelet and herb-crusted lamb rack or black­ened yel­low­tail snap­per mojo adds to the al­lure of Vic­to­rian trap­pings, as do glo­ri­ous beach views from al­most any table. L D SB

Casa Ybel Re­sort, 2255 West Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239-472-9200, thistlelodge.com

TRADERS

A Shop­ping and Din­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence. Traders is a shop­ping em­po­rium and a restau­rant, with live en­ter­tain­ment on Tues­day and Thurs­day evenings. The menu fea­tures fresh Florida gumbo, pan-seared crab cakes and macadami­aen­crusted grouper. LD

1551 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-7242, trader­ssani­bel.com

TOTI Me­dia, Inc. does its best to en­sure that in­for­ma­tion in 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.

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