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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 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

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. 1223 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1771, jacaran­daon­sani­bel.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 as you view the pic­tures of our his­toric light­house that line the walls. Call-ahead seat­ing is avail­able. BL

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.

1200 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1998, matzaluna.net

PINOC­CHIO’S ICE CREAM AND GEPPETTO’S BEACH FOOD­IES

The In­sti­tu­tion. As Sani­bel’s ice cream in­sti­tu­tion for 30 years, Pinoc­chio’s ser ves a reper­toire of over 130 home­made fla­vors daily, in­clud­ing the sig­na­ture ice creams Sani­bel Krunch and Dirty Sand Dol­lar . En­joy gelato, sor­bets, sher­bets and yo­gurts as well, all ser ved in gen­er­ous por­tions. Geppetto’s Beach Food­ies gourmet shop, next to Pinoc­chio’s, sur­prises with crois­sants, baguettes, souf­flés, pas­tries, breads, panini, fo­cac­cias and more.

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

STARFISH GRILLE

On the Beach. Grab a ta­ble over­look­ing the palm tree-stud­ded beach. Din­ner is citrus grilled Florida mahi or a black cherry pork chop for meat lovers. Ca­sual fare in­cludes the flamegrill­ed TOTI Burger with An­gus beef and aged ched­dar. BLD

Sani­bel Holiday Inn, 1231 Mid­dle Gulf Drive, Sani­bel, 239- 472- 7827, starfish­grille­sani­bel. 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

THE TIM­BERS RESTAU­RANT AND FISH MAR­KET

Dine In or Do It Your­self. Fa­vorites in­clude fried cala­mari, seafood plat­ters and crab cakes (all lump). Fresh fish is al­ways on the menu. Be sure to visit the next door fish mar­ket.

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 macadami­aen­crusted grouper. LD

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

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