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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. LD 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. 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 fish omelets. 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, with your choice of five crust op­tions. 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

“Af­ter a good din­ner one can for­give any­body, even one’s own rel­a­tives.”

—Os­car Wilde

Par­rot Wings. The regular hot buf­falo wings are your best bet. LD Four lo­ca­tions: 6520-C Pine Ave., Sani­bel, 239-472-5353; 1036 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-6939; 12951 McGre­gor Blvd., Fort My­ers, 239-476-9000; and wa­ter­front at 16501-B Stringfel­low Road, Bo­keelia, 239-2835959, 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. LD 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. BLD Sani­bel Hol­i­day Inn, 1231 Mid­dle Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 7827, starfish­grille­sani­bel.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.

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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