EPICURIOUS

Times of the Islands - - Epicurious -

“The se­cret of suc­cess in life is to eat what you like and let the food fight it out in­side.” —Mark Twain

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 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 try 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

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

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 krab­meat, sautéed with broc­coli and fresh mush­rooms and topped with an ar­ti­choke heart and our creamy Al­fredo sauce, or try 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

THE NORMANDIE SEA­SIDE CAFÉ AT WEST WIND

In­dulge Your­self. Banan­aberry French Toast or an Ital­ian Omelet for break­fast? We of­fer that and much more, in­clud­ing a Florida fruit bowl or Veg­gie Omelet, served with Columbian cof­fee or a choice of ar­ti­san whole-leaf teas. Re­lax in our old-world at­mos­phere as you en­joy an Is­land Curry Chicken salad or Pressed Cuban Sand­wich for lunch, paired with the per­fect wine from our ex­ten­sive list. BLD

3345 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, 239-472-1541, west­windinn.com/normandie-restau­rant-sanibel

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 1 30+ 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

“I cook with wine. Some­times I even add it to the food.” —W.C. Fields

THE SAND­BAR

Wel­com­ing. The Seafood Trio, which in­cludes bronzed grouper, scal­lops and crab cake, is a fa­vorite. Fresh seafood and steaks grilled to per­fec­tion are sure to please all palates. D

2761 West Gulf Drive, Sanibel, 239-472-0305, sani­bel­sand­bar.com

SANIBEL FISH HOUSE

Tried and True. Fresh seafood en­trées on the all-day menu range from sand­wiches and sal­ads to fried bas­kets and house spe­cial­ties, such as seared tuna with rice cakes and sea­weed salad. The sal­mon can be or­dered broiled, grilled, black­ened or Ja­maican jerked. LD

Three locations: 1523 Peri­win­kle Way, Sanibel, 239-472-7770; 4685 Bonita Beach Road, Bonita Springs, 239-495-5770; and 320 Old San Car­los Blvd., Fort My­ers Beach, 239-7656766, the­fish­house­r­estau­rants.com

SANIBEL GRILL

Lo­cal Color. Sanibel Grill serves up your typ­i­cal pub fare—juicy burg­ers, seafood bas­kets and spicy buf­falo wings—and more. You’ll find sea­soned bar­tenders and the often-sought­but-never-found neigh­bor­hood bar feel, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of this spot. D

703 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sanibel, 239-472-4453, the­sani­bel­grill.com

THE SANIBEL SPROUT

Fresh Is­land Good­ness. Sanibel Is­land’s pop­u­lar ve­gan and vege­tar­ian gourmet take­out restau­rant of­fers a de­light­ful va­ri­ety of meals, smooth­ies and juices pre­pared fresh daily. Chef Nikki Rood uses only 100 per­cent or­ganic, gluten-free, non-GMO, farm-fresh in­gre­di­ents in each cre­ation, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Smoked Pa­prika Hum­mus & Sprouts. Another best-seller is the Raw Ve­gan Lasagna. The heart of The Sanibel Sprout is “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food, ” (quot­ing Hip­pocrates) and this is re­flected in every de­lec­ta­ble dish they of­fer. LD

Bai­ley’s Cen­ter, 2463 Peri­win­kle Way, Sanibel, 239-472-4499

SUN­SET GRILL

Floribbean Gourmet. For lunch, tr y the crab cakes or black­ened chicken Cae­sar wrap. Morn­ing peo­ple might choose eggs “San­tiva” and “Cap­tiva,” which are vari­a­tions of eggs Bene­dict with ei­ther smoked sal­mon or lump crab cake. BLD

6536 Pine Ave., Sanibel, 239-472-2333, sun­set­grill­sani­bel.com

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