We are on holiday from London and after having read lots of Tourmaline's restaurant recommendations we printed them off and worked through them-they were extremely accurate so thanks for that .We didn't find any gourmet dining but the postings warned us about that .A few comments on our experiences:
Island Cow-just as Tourmaline described on a par with a good TGI Fridays-stick to simple choices-i had some very good Grouper-my wife had shrimp stuffed with crabmeat that she didn't like .
Doc Fords-mainly barfood-the appetiser portions were enormous
Mucky Duck Pub-we went for lunch rather than dinner .Crab cakes were good and my wife's key lime pie was excellent .Worth it for the views alone-plus unlike Sanibel no smelly red tide and weed on beach .
Schnappers Hot dogs-liked them so much we went back twice.
Lazy Flamingo-a world record in eating speed-in and out in 40 minutes and that was us trying to slow things down .I know that Europeans tend to linger over meals a little longer but the speed at which they got us out of the door was a bit of a joke .No coffee as the coffee machine was broken.Had very good Mesquite Grouper salad .
Twilight Cafe-a word of warning Tourmaline-we tried to go here for a bit more fancy dining only to find it had changed to Red Fish Blue Fish.We didn't like the look of the menu so came away -there was a lot of confusion with a lot of people who had made reservations for Twilight turning round and walking away once they realised it had changed.
Timbers-nice fish restaurant -but there the nightmare began ! we sat outside for 20 mins waiting for a table -if anyone reads this don't make that mistake-only when we got back that night did we discover the bug bites .I look as if I've caught smallpox and have spent 2 days tearing my skin off .Are they the famous No see ums ? As an aside the food was quite good.
Traders-probably the nicest meal we had on Sanibel-I had telapia (? ) -never heard of that fish before but it was very good along with coconut rice . My wife had sea bass with risotto which was also very good The service was very slow but after our experience at the Lazy Flamingo it was quite welcome .
Bubble Room at Captiva-took the record for the worst meal on vacation.My wife and daughter (being sensible as they pointed out to me ) stuck to burgers which were good .I had Higgledy Piggledy which was pork covered in a glutinous clawing sauce that was so sweet it took away the entire taste of the meat .The key Lime Pie was not very nice-nowhere near as good as that at the Mucky Duck.