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“Sanibel's Absolute Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Sanibel Cafe

Sanibel Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Sanibel's Absolute Best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2008

We visited Sanibel during July 2008. Stopped into the Sanibel Cafe for breakfast after a recommendation by a couple of local Islanders. The atmosphere was tropical, clean & relaxed, food was excellent (sausage & cheese omelet with all the fixins for the wife & "The Real Islander" for me...sauteed gator tail! (Hey I was living dangerously & it was GREAT), the waitresses were friendly, efficient (and attractive :-) ) Both of the owners were there at the time & each came over to our table to check on us. They were very interested in making sure that we were happy & we were impressed enough with the overall experience to go back for lunch, where we were pleasantly surprised to find that our breakfast visit was no fluke. The Rusty Pelican (a grilled turkey delight) and a South of the Border Chicken Sandwich truly fit the bill. We stayed in the Sanibel/Ft.Myers area for a week & we ate at least one meal at this restaurant every day. For sure, we would make it a point to go back there anytime we're in that part of Florida. -JC from Ohio

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“great food, friendly service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2008

Columbus Day W/E,breakfast on a Sunday morning . It was so good, that we went back again for Monday morning breakfast , 14 people in our party. both days
Good coffee, eggs were excellent, bacon and sausages cooked perfect. Pancakes were light and fluffy . My husband raved about biscuits and sausage gravy , best he's had (and he is hard to please.) My 15 yr, old nephew had 'gater tail for the first time that he raved about . Great service, our coffee cups were never empty and we never needed to ask for anything because our waitress was so attentive. Great menu selection, something for everyone. well worth a visit

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Sanibel
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not Too Good Today”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 8, 2008

We have been coming to Sanibel for many years. The Sanibel Cafe has always been one of our favorite stops for breakfast. However, this morning we both ordered traditional bacon/sausage and eggs. The eggs and potatoes were perfectly cooked. My sausage patties were cooked to the consistency of shoe leather, her bacon was literally burnt black. How could a cook consciously serve this to his customers?? How could burnt black bacon get by our waitress??! Our toast was burnt as well. The waitress never came around and asked how our meal was, nor to offer coffee refills. Even had she, as obviously badly cooked as our meals were, we would not have send it back for fear of retaliation from the cook.

It is hard to imagine that they were just having a bad day, not with the condition of our meat and toast portions.

Hopefully this is not a sign of the times down here; unfortunately we must cross the Sanibel Café off of our favorites list.

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Massachusetts
1 review
“"Best Chicken Tenders Ever!"”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2008

The Sanibel Cafe featured wonderful dishes, I greatly enjoyed my Caesar salad, and my little brother devoured their delicious chicken Tenders with their own special crunchy coating. Definatly a place to eat at when you are looking for a good meal! I'd fly all the way from Massachusetts just to eat there again.

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Miami, FL
1 review
“Best Healthy Parfait”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2008

Sanibel Cafe has the best parfait (healthy breakfast) I've eaten. Yes, I've tried many others, on and off the island. There is no comparison. It is a perfect balance of fruit, yogurt, and granola. I had one every day for the week I was there, except for one other day that we tried another restaurant for breakfast. Went right back the next day. All year long, I salivate (mmmmm) just thinking of my next visit. Can't wait! It is a generous portion and with a piece of their raisin toast and homemade jam -- just being on Sanibel is paradise -- but add the Sanibel Cafe parfait and it is truly heavenly.

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