When you travel to Florida, most visitors are excited to enjoy the beach and all of the shells that are found across our famous Sanibel shelling beach probably. Next, one of the most important activities our visitors look forward to is savoring the flavor of local, fresh seafood. Southwest Florida is home to wonderful local delicacies from the sea that you will not find back home! Sanibel Island is lucky to have a vast array of fantastic restaurants that serve up fresh seafood daily to not only hungry guests to our area, but to the locals as well.
We’d like to take you on a short tour of those eateries that are famous for their great seafood.
Starting with Timbers on Tarpon Bay Road, you can enjoy a fantastic meal of fresh catch and as they say, dine with the locals. They serve up fish caught that morning and served to you by lunch or dinner. Great ambience and not priced too high. From there we move along to Traders on Periwinkle Way which delights the palate with a multi-faceted menu with island favorites in a typical Sanibel atmosphere, but with a twist as they also opens up to a gift shop with fun items for souvenirs for your friends, families or yourself. Friendly and fun is always on the menu at Traders. On to Doc Ford’s on Island Inn Road where they are enjoying their new location in grand style! Named after a character from the island’s famed writer Randy Wayne White’s Doc Ford series you can also find the writer hanging out there and grab any one of is extremely popular Sanibel based crime novels and get an autograph as well.
For that fun lunch you can grab a fried basket at Gramma Dots, a favorite for many many years on the island, located in a marina on the east end of the island you are right on the water and enjoy that the gulls and the boats coming and going, definitely on most folks’ list. Mussels, oysters, shrimp and fresh catch are all to be had at the Lazy Flamingo on Periwinkle Way If you enjoy a very casual lunch or night with a pitcher or two of beer and raw bar this is the place! You will surely have a great night out with music and lots of fun and great memories to take home with you, not to mention a full stomach.
Craving your own private evening in your fully equipped kitchen with us? Don’t leave Timbers without checking out their fresh seafood market. Both Jerry’s and Bailey’s Market offer up the freshest on the island for your in room dining experience. Put your own meal together as you like!