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DOC FORD’S SANI­BEL RUM BAR & GRILLE

Novel Cui­sine. A band of lo­cal restau­rant folk joined with South­west Florida nov­el­ist Randy Wayne White to de­velop a restau­rant, and it’s a best- seller! The menu of­fers sand­wiches, sal­ads and en­trees. Don’t skip the mo­jito. L D 975 Rab­bit 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. L D 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 fish omelets. BL D 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, with your choice of five crust op­tions. Pasta, cal­zone and salad are also popular. You might tr y cala­mari or br­uschetta for an ap­pe­tizer, and don’t miss the daily happy hour. L D 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 tr y 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. L D Four lo­ca­tions: 6520- C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239472- 5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239472- 6939; 12951 McGregor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239- 476- 9000; and water­front at 16501- B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239- 283- 5959, lazyflamingo. 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, prawn­bro­ker. com

THE SAND­BAR

Wel­com­ing. The fresh Florida stone- crab claws, which the small restau­rant of­fers as a din­ner ap­pe­tizer, are un­sur­passed. Fresh seafood and

steaks grilled to per­fec­tion are sure to please all palates. Try the red vel­vet cake or creme brulee for dessert. L D 2761 West Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 0305, sani­bel­sand­bar. com

SANI­BEL GRILL

Lo­cal Color. Sani­bel Grill serves up your typ­i­cal pub fare— juicy burg­ers, seafood bas­kets and crusty pizza— and more. You’ll find sea­soned bar­tenders and the of­ten-sought- but- nev­er­found neigh­bor­hood bar feel, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of this spot. D 703 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 4453, prawn­bro­ker. com

STARFISH GRILLE

On the Beach. Grab a ta­ble over­look­ing the palm tree- stud­ded beach. Din­ner is cit­rusgrilled Florida mahi or braised beef short ribs for meat lovers. Ca­sual fare in­cludes the flame- grilled TOTI Burger with An­gus beef and aged ched­dar. BL D Sani­bel Hol­i­day Inn, 1231 Mid­dle Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 7827, star f ish­grille­sani­bel.com

SWEET MELISSA’S CAFE

Good Thing, Small Pack­ages. Chef Melissa Tal­mage pre­pares cour­ses in ap­pe­tizer and half- por­tions, giv­ing din­ers the op­tion to sam­ple mul­ti­ple dishes, such as seared duck breast and cured Ja­panese yel­low­tail. L D 1625 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 1956, sweet­melis­sas­cafe.com

THIS­TLE LODGE

Vic­to­rian Ren­dezvous. Cre­ative cui­sine such as veal Os­car, lob­ster and crab- crusted sea scal­lops or fried whole 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- 3145, thistlelodge. com

THE TIM­BERS RESTAU­RANT AND FISH MAR­KET

Dine In or Do It Your­self. Fa­vorites in­clude cala­mari salad with Ja­panese vegetables, seafood plat­ters and crab cakes ( all lump). Fresh fish is al­ways on the menu. Be sure to visit the fish mar­ket, right next door. D 703 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 2722, prawn­bro­ker. 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 macadamia- en­crusted grouper. D 1551 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 7242, trader­ssani­bel. com

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