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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 tr y 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

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 crab­meat, sautéed with broc­coli and fresh mush­rooms and topped with an ar­ti­choke heart and our creamy Alfredo sauce, or tr y 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.

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

“Peo­ple who love to eat are al­ways the best peo­ple.” – Ju­lia Child

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 130+ fla­vor reper­toire, ser ved in gen­er­ous por­tions. Stop in for their sig­na­ture Sani­bel Krunch or Dirty Sand Dol­lar . Geppetto's Beach Foodies, the sis­ter gourmet shop lo­cated next to Pinocchio's, sur­prises with au­then­tic crois­sant bak­ing.

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

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, 239-765-6766, the­fish­house­r­estau­rants.com

SANI­BEL GRILL

Lo­cal Color. Sani­bel Grill ser ves up your typ­i­cal pub fare— juicy burg­ers, seafood bas­kets and spicy buf­falo wings— and more. You’ll find sea­soned bar­tenders and the

of­ten- sought- but- never- found neigh­bor­hood bar feel, which ex­plains the pop­u­lar­ity of this spot.

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

THE SANI­BEL SPROUT

Fresh Is­land Good­ness. Sani­bel Is­land’s pop­u­lar ve­gan and veg­e­tar­ian gourmet take-out restau­rant of­fers a de­light­ful va­ri­ety of meals, smooth­ies and juices pre­pared fresh daily. Chef Nikki Rood uses only 1 00 per­cent or­ganic, gluten-free, non-GMO, farm-fresh in­gre­di­ents in each cre­ation, in­clud­ing the pop­u­lar Smoked Paprika Hum­mus & Sprouts. An­other best­seller 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 ever y 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

“Good food is very of­ten, even most of­ten, sim­ple food.” —An­thony Bour­dain

SWEET MELISSA’S CAFE

Good Thing, Small Pack­ages. Chef Melissa Tal­mage pre­pares en­treés in full and pe­tite por­tions, giv­ing din­ers the op­tion to sam­ple mul­ti­ple dishes, such as Grilled Oc­to­pus or Smoked Mul­let Frit­ter. LD

1625 Peri­win­kle Way, Sani­bel, 239-472-1956, sweet­melis­sas­cafe.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 ad­ja­cent fish mar­ket.

703 Tar­pon Bay Road, Sani­bel, 239-472-2722, tim­ber­sof­sani­bel.com

“Life is un­cer­tain. Eat dessert first.” —Ernes­tine Ulmer

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 cake sand mac adam iaen­crusted gro up er.LD

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

Cap­tiva CANTINA CAP­TIVA

Na­cho Madre’s Mex­i­can. En­joy lunch and din­ner in the gar­den or in­side, where bright ser­ape col­ors, piñatas, terra-tiled floors and adobe-style walls sub­tly sug­gest that we’ve gone south of the bor­der. LD

14970 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-0248, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

OLD CAP­TIVA HOUSE

Old Florida/New Amer­i­can. Chef Ja­son Miller’s al­ways chang­ing menu cen­ters on the bounty of the sea­son with plenty of fresh fish. Wines from an eclec­tic list com­ple­ment the pre­sen­ta­tions, and the view from the Sun­set Room takes the breath away . BD

15951 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-5161 ext. 4, cap­tiva-house.com

CROW’S NEST BEACH BAR AND GRILLE

Great Food, Great Fun! Take a trip to Cap­tiva for a fun, new din­ing ex­pe­ri­ence! The menu is filled with your fa­vorite ap­pe­tiz­ers, in­clud­ing flat­breads, chicken wings and the al­wayspop­u­lar baked goat cheese dip, and for din­ner you can choose sa­vory en­treés like Chicken Sal­tim­bocca, pre­pared with fresh sage leaves, lemon ricotta, and pro­sciutto-wrapped chicken over lin­guine. The Crab Races, tak­ing place on Mon­day and Thurs­day, re­ally keep the room hop­ping! LD

15951 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-5161, crowsnest-cap­tiva.com

DOC FORD’S CAP­TIVA RUM BAR & GRILLE

The Story Con­tin­ues. Build­ing on con­tin­ued suc­cess, this pop­u­lar chain based on nov­el­ist Randy Wayne White’s fic­tional char­ac­ter brings its unique menu to the doors of South Seas Is­land Re­sort. Start with Doc’s Beach Bread while you con­sider en­treés like panko fried shrimp and dry-rubbed rib­eye. LD

5400 South Seas Plan­ta­tion Road, Cap­tiva, 239-312-4275, doc­ford­scap­tiva.com

THE GREEN FLASH

A Rare Din­ing T rea­sure. Have a seat and en­joy the beau­ti­ful view of the wa­ter as you browse the de­light­fully di­verse menu. The Grouper “Café de P aris” is the house spe­cialty, baked in white wine, lemon and Worces­ter­shire, fin­ished with a but­ter y herb top­ping. Or tr y the Vene­tian Plat­ter, which fea­tures salmon, sword­fish, scal­lops and tiger prawn ser ved with sautéed po­lenta. Sa­vory beef and pork en­treés round out the menu for land­lub­bers, and the dessert menu is pos­i­tively deca­dent! LD

15183 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-3337, green­flash­cap­tiva.com

KEYLIME BISTRO

Changes in Food­i­tude. A white picket fence and cheery blue canopies give this place an is­land set­ting, while daily out­door live mu­sic pro­vides a Jimmy Buf­fett beat. The eclec­tic menu in­cludes wal­nut- crusted snap­per , sausage and pep­pers and es­car­gots baked with blue cheese and tomato. BLD

11509 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-395-4000, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

LATTE DA COF­FEE AND ICE CREAM SHOP

Once Upon a Time ... Find a wide range of cof­fees, in­clud­ing the ex­tra-strong Red Eye Cof­fee, cap­puc­ci­nos and lat­tes at this cozy spot. Those with a sweet tooth in­dulge in scoops of Quee­nie’s lo­cally made ice cream, milk­shakes and sun­daes. BLD

11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-472-0234, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

“A bal­anced diet is a cookie in each hand.” —Bar­bara John­son

THE MUCKY DUCK

Quack Up. Start at the bar with a fresh pint from a long list of beers brewed “on the other side of the pond.” The menu is a com­bi­na­tion of Florida cui­sine and English pub grub. Visit the great out­door beach­side pa­tio for live mu­sic and sun­set gaz­ing. LD

11546 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-4723434, muck­y­duck.com

RC OT­TER’S

Ot­terly Beach Amer­i­can. The mul­ti­tude of menu choices may be daunt­ing. Steamed clams, fish bas­kets, que­sadil­las or even meat­loaf are sure to sat­isfy your crav­ings. Din­ers en­joy live mu­sic out­side seven days a week dur­ing lunch and din­ner . BLD

11508 Andy Rosse Lane, Cap­tiva, 239-3951142, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

SUN­SHINE SEAFOOD CAFÉ AND WINE BAR

In­spired Bistro. This charm­ing, small café of­fers a menu with a Euro­pean touch. Din­ers can en­joy the wood-grilled rack of lamb or black­ened salmon, or per­haps a pecan-crusted goat cheese salad. Out­door seat­ing is avail­able.

14900 Cap­tiva Drive, Cap­tiva, 239-472-6200, cap­ti­vais­landinn.com

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