SWFL Din­ing Guide

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Sani­bel 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 hand­painted ta­bles in­side, or en­joy the gar­den at­mos­phere of Peri­win­kle Place and sam­ple the Cuban Sand­wich for lunch—it’s an is­land fa­vorite! There’s some­thing for ever yone on the din­ner menu, in­clud­ing Sig­na­ture Gi­raffe Cake Din­ner, fea­tur­ing pan-seared crab cakes topped with mango salsa, chipo­tle cream and sweet chili glaze. The break­fast menu of­fers a tempt­ing va­ri­ety of omelets and pan­cakes. Or you can tr y the Fish­er­man’s Bene­dict: two English muffins topped with poached eggs, salmon, spinach and grilled toma­toes, with Key lime hol­landaise sauce. Come see why the lo­cals love the Blue Gi­raffe! 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 en­trées. 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

IL TE­SORO RIS­TORANTE

Pasta with Per­son­al­ity. Chef A.J. Black cre­ates an Ital­ian fam­ily feast at­mos­phere. Ev­ery­body’s laugh­ing, eat­ing pasta and sip­ping wine. Not only does Black in­ject spirit and heart, he heaps on the fla­vor start­ing with the an­tipasto. All the finest fla­vors of Italy come to­gether. Penne put­tanesca with ca­pers; riga­toni with eg­g­plant, fresh ri­cotta and cherry tomato sauce; and short ribs with gnoc­chi are hard to pass up. The seafood spe­cials are equally in­trigu­ing. Try the cloud-like tiramisu. D

751 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239-395-4022, il­teroso.com

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